My tickets were issued!! I’ve never had so many tickets in my possession at one time – it’s kinda crazy. I didn’t realize they were going to send me paper tickets, so it’ll be fun lugging all these around and trying not to lose them! Actually, this isn’t even all my tickets. They have to wait to issue some of the others until I start traveling. Then I’ll have even more to add to my large collection.
Unfortunately, now that my tickets have been issued…I’m thinking that I want to change a section of my itinerary. I just started looking into the visa requirements for China and I’m having second thoughts about going. It’s $130 (but only $30 for non Americans), I’ll have to pay about an extra $50 to go through a visa company since I won’t be able to apply for it in person from my embassy (mail applications are not acccepted), and I’ll have to pay at least another $50 to fedex my passport and application from either Christchurch, Perth, or Osaka and supply a prepaid envelope to have it sent back to me. This means I’ll be traveling without a passport for those few days and I’ll have to stress about it getting lost in the mail. With all the visas I already applied for that are stamped in it, losing my passport would be a huge hassle! Also, it’ll be cold when I get to China – freezing actually! So…maybe I should just rather skip it and go someplace easier.
Since my tickets have already been issued, I’ll have to pay now to change my destinations. But it still seems like the cost of changing my ticket will be less than the cost of getting my China visa while abroad. So, instead of China, I’m deciding between the following places:
Bali (Indonesia), Jakarta (Indonesia), Hanoi (Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Manilia (Philippines)
I’m not sure yet which one I’ll choose. Vietnam has always seemed like a fascinating place. I can apply for the visa at an embassy while abroad. I don’t need a visa if I visit the Philippines for less than 20 days. I also have an Internet acquaintance there, so maybe it would be fun to meet her. Indonesia obviously sounds amazing and I can get a visa on arrival.