The expensive long weekend is over

Hey, what’s money anyway? I often say to family and friends when the prospect of me and/or Veronica travelling comes up in conversation – I don’t spend my money at the pub or on the pokies, travel is my 50’s midlife crisis. Even more enticing when a football game is a drawcard.

Japan is often said to be expensive, but that really depends on your accommodation tastes, and whether you make your own way around, or travel in organised groups. A bed in decent hotels should only cost 5,000Y to 8,000Y (about $60 to $80).

Where this trip came unstuck money wise was my change in flights home. In my haste and desire to sort out flights quickly, I went online. Not able to get a flight until Wednesday night from Tokyo on Qantas (I had a return ticket for the next Sunday), I bought another one on Jetstar from Osaka for $600.

Back at home, I spoke to Qantas who said that had I phoned them they would have got me an earlier flight at no extra cost. Strong lesson learnt there!

What about travel insurance I hear you say. Well that is unresolved, but I am not hopeful as it was my choice to change flights online myself – there was no directive from the Australian Government to leave Tokyo (strongly worded advice though on the Smart Traveller website.)

(Tuesday 15th March, 2011)


About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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