The Trip That Started It All...

It all began with Shonda Rhimes....

It was Thursday evening ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, 2014. I stayed up past my usual bedtime to watch the Scandal season finale.  At about 11 pm I looked at my husband and told him that while I should be going to bed, I had to see the finale.

Olivia Pope is my spirit animal

Olivia Pope is my spirit animal

By 11:30 pm, I received a text from a friend.  The text simply provided a link to a blog post, and read, “wanna go around the world??”

Confused, I clicked the link.  Fly around the world for $150.  Flights from New York to Milan, and then Prague to four asian cities. For $150.

This was a joke, right?  A glitch you hear about on the news, and airlines would never honor, right?

Let me back up a bit.

Husband and I were dead set on going to Oktoberfest (yes, the one in Germany) in 2014. We agreed about 14 months ahead of time that no matter what, we were going. We made all our plans around it.  And then, my work schedule proved impossible.  At the advice of my boss, we started planning a trip to France and Spain (2 of our dream locations) for that June instead. Until yet again, a client’s needs interfered. Everything we tried conflicted with my work schedule. I was so utterly devastated that I wouldn’t be able to pull off a Eurotrip in 2014 after all.

So. $150? To go to Europe after all...AND Asia?  All we’d have to do is get from San Diego to New York, make our way from Milan to Prague, and then home from Asia?

You better believe I wanted to go around the world!  

The next half hour was a bit of a blur, but before I knew it, I was booking airfare.  

Even if the tickets got cancelled, we figured it was a really good story.  Hey, remember that time we booked flights around the world for $150?

In the end we opted to shell out the big bucks to have a 24 hour stopover in Paris.  And by big bucks I mean $27.  And then we decided to be smart and get trip insurance because..well…this was way too good to be true.  So, $234 (each) later, three of us were flying most of the way around the world.

In the end a number of friends were smart enough to jump on the deal. We waited some time, but the internet was still telling us our flights were confirmed. Ticketed. Seats assigned.

Before long we realized, holy crap.  We’re flying around the world.

Inspiration for planning the trip - possibilities were endless

Inspiration for planning the trip - possibilities were endless