Q&A: Where Are You Going Next?

Panama. Ok, good, that was easy enough. See you next week.

Or, I suppose I could elaborate.

The last time I was out of the country was Australia back in July of 2015. Since my first day back, I’ve been looking to the next trip. That chance came earlier this month when my housemate presented the idea of going to Panama for a week. I’ve never been to Central America, so the opportunity to head out for a week was nearly irresistible. Sadly, I had a bit of a problem. I had no idea how I was going to pay for the plane ticket.

You see, I work part time as a barista, I love the job, but it isn’t exactly financially lucrative. I had enough money to pay for the ticket, but I definitely couldn’t justify it, despite my desires. In search of any form of justification, I decided to get some advice and picked up the phone to call my much wiser father.

The short conversation with my old man left me with a potentially positive solution, airline miles. Last year I had the great misfortune/luck of traveling back and forth from New Zealand on four different occasions. The two days of travel and immense time change were devastating, but flying the halfway across the globe had its benefits.

Over the course of the year, I had stayed loyal to Delta by using their SkyMiles plan, so I figured I should have built up some sort of loyalty benefit. I made a phone call to Delta, which for a customer service call was actually a positive experience. Nevertheless, I got the word that I was going to be locked out for another 24 hours because I had failed to enter my password correctly on too many occasions (don't judge me, I know you've done that too). Needless to say, that was a long day. The thought of travel had me anxious, but I waited and called Delta almost exactly 24 hours later. This phone call ended with fantastic news; I was back in and I had thousands of SkyMiles.

Some quick research via Delta’s website showed me that I had enough miles to get my ticket. A few short clicks later, I was going to Panama.

There you have it, Delta saved me. If you want to keep up on my trip, it starts on the 29th of this month. You can follow me here and on Facebook/Instagram/Youtube for updates. And thanks again Delta for taking me to my 24th country! 

**Next on the list? Hopefully a return trip to France or New Zealand.**