And so the adventure begins

Sometimes, despite the planning, things don’t quite go the way you envisaged. Anne and I have been working toward running away for a number of months, and today we set off……on a bus, and 5 hours late.

imageA bus was not part of the plan, but it became a late inclusion when last night Vigin Australia advised us that our 9.15am direct flight to Queenstown today was cancelled…….”but do not fear Steve, we have booked you on a flight from the Gold Coast to Christchurch at 5.45pm, with an overnight stop, continuing through to Queenstown on Thursday morning, arriving at your final destination at 9.50am”

Great I thought – that  means I only miss 18 hours of my holiday, a night out with friends in Queenstown, and the bus to connect with our 4 day Otago Rail trail bike trip.  mmmmmmm take a deep breath.

After a long wait on the phone, we finally saved the Otago Rail Trail bus connection, getting an earlier flight out of Christchurch and arriving in Queenstown at 7.50am – still a long night ahead, but hey – it’s an adventure.

We followed Virgin’s instructions today, and caught a cab to the Brisbane domestic terminal (a little early because that’s how I like it), only to be told…. “sorry Steve, you should have gone to the International terminal…. you were given the incorrect information last night…. here’s a ticket to catch the shuttle bus to the International terminal”. So dutifully, we headed back outside and caught the shuttle. Arriving at the International terminal, where we were met with nothing… the place was deserted!  Still holding things together, we found a cleaner who was very helpful….” go up there” she said. So we did. From up there, we were directed, back “down there”. Gee, this is great. Finally, we found a little Office with a Virgin sign outside, so I knocked. A young lady directed us back “up there…… someone is on their way to assist”. We didn’t find that person,  At 2pm, when the bus was due to depart, we were still lost, when our names were called over the airport public address system……. asking us to hot foot it to level 2, as our bus was waiting. Finally, acknowledgement that we were expected.

imageI’m writing this blog on my iPhone (that’s interesting…. I need my young eyes on for that) sitting on the bus from Brisbane to the Gold Coast to connect with that Christchurch flight, looking forward to a Bloody Mary (our favourite holiday starter).

I’ll see you on the trail… doubt starting out with less sleep than we had planned.

If everything else from here on in goes to plan, this is just a hiccup. What’s your worst travel planning story?


9 thoughts on “And so the adventure begins

  1. Andrew Dungan 04/02/2015 / 5:47 pm

    It will get better

    • Steve 05/02/2015 / 3:02 am

      Thanks Andrew – of course it will….that’s what adventures are all about

  2. Anonymous 04/02/2015 / 6:22 pm

    Anne. What a start to your holiday! I’m surprised both terminals haven’t been burnt down yet. I’ve traveled a bit, but I haven’t had anything like that happen before. Once, on a family trip to Singapore, my father didn’t realize that our passports had expired.

    • Steve 05/02/2015 / 3:03 am

      An expired passport would be horrific. We are still smiling

      • Steve 05/02/2015 / 3:05 am

        And there has been no naked flames or burning airports.

  3. Yvette 04/02/2015 / 7:08 pm

    That is a frustrating start to your adventure, but you gotta take the crunchy with the smooth and it can only get better. Wishing you both a happy and safe trip.
    Bon Voyage!

    • Steve 05/02/2015 / 3:04 am

      Thanks Yvette – always expect crunchy with the smooth. It’s a smooth start so far today, so all looking good

  4. Michele 05/02/2015 / 11:00 am

    Life is an adventure. Looking forward to your story. Otago one of my favourite spots. Any flight that has air turbulence is a hairy start to the adventure for me. Had someone pass away near me also that was an interesting flight. Stay safe and enjoy.

    • Steve 05/02/2015 / 3:28 pm

      Thanks Michele – Day one on the trail was great. Having someone pass away on your flight is a hair raising story! Appreciate the sharing 🙂

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