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Welcome to the Philippines

Wow. I thought we may never make it here. We’re off to a rough start to the trip but WE’RE HERE! Long story short, we got stuck overnight in Phoenix as our departing flight from Atlanta was delayed. Originally they didn’t have any availability on any AM flights that would get us to LAX in time to make our flight to Tokyo. With the American Airlines One World Explorer awards tickets that we have, we’re allowed to make changes to our itinerary but only if award seats are available on a given flight. There were plenty of seats on daily flights between LAX and Tokyo but NO seats for the next week from Tokyo to Manila which would have thrown off our whole trip by at least a week. Luckily with a few tears, some patience, and persistent begging, the gate agent finally found us the last two seats on the 6:00am flight. I have a feeling this may become a recipe for success during our trip. After passing through Tokyo for an extended 24 hour layover and eating sushi, visiting a fish market, and mastering the …

Here we go…

It’s official. We’re unemployed, packed, and ready to hit the road. ATL>PHX>LAX>TYO>MNL>PPS here we come. Thank God this is the longest leg of our trip.   Our official itinerary through American Airlines is basically as follows though we plan to make adjustments and deviations along the way. Los Angeles, CA Tokyo, Japan Manila, Philippines: gateway to El Nido, Philippines Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: gateway to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar  Mumbai, India Doha, Qata: glorified layover Nairobi, Kenya: gateway to the Serengeti  in Northern Tanzania Dubai, UAE: glorified layover Amman, Jordan: gateway to Israel New York, New York: homeward bound! Bon voyage!