I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane
All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go, I'm standing here, outside your door...so the song goes. Now it's stuck in my head and driving me crazy but traveling is so much fun! Most of the time, at least. I find if I end up somewhere unprepared, it can cause so much havoc! Forgetting one thing can be disastrous. Honestly, it can totally mess up an entire day or evening. I have found that packing ahead of time, making a list of what I need or what I don't want to forget and thinking about whether or not I have the cords for the things I am planning on bringing, makes a huge difference.
I am reminded of my early years of traveling. My friend and I were planning on our first cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Our plane was set to leave at 12:00 am on July 5. We were so excited, packed and ready. We got to the airport really early, enjoyed a couple drinks and went to check in. Here's where it gets crazy. We missed the plane. Midnight July 5 is actually July 4, but one minute later. We showed up on July 5 at 9:00 pm. See where I am going with this? Totally our fault but understandable, in my opinion. So, our vacation was off to a really bad start. While everyone else had already landed in Puerto Rico and now boarding the cruise ship, we were still at Seattle International Airport.
We were fortunate enough to have our airline reschedule us on the next flight which took us to Puerto Rico and then we would have to find a way to the next stop to the cruise ship so we could board. Here is where it gets interesting. We landed and asked to go to a hotel. We had no one to work with who spoke English or could translate for us, so we did what we thought would work. We just spoke English louder. To this day, I don't know how, we ended up at a hotel, down a dirt road and way off the beaten path, to stay for the night. My friend left me to barter the price of the hotel. The clerk at first gave me a price there was no way I was going to pay and again, I don't understand how it happened, I was able to get the price down to a reasonable amount. Again, no one at the hotel spoke English and I didn't speak anything but English. Later, the clerk felt sorry for us and actually made us a grilled cheese sandwich because we hadn't eaten at all and the restaurants had been closed for hours.
The next morning we got up and had to hurry to make a flight to the next cruise ship stop. We both showered and took out our hair dryers. To my naive surprise, the plugin did not fit! Needless to say, I wasn't able to use my hairdryer or phone. I looked a mess but I finally made it onto the cruise ship two days late.
It was a very valuable lesson in flight schedules and about products like Ceptics provide. I certainly could have used a Ceptics’s International Travel Adapter Plug. I was very ill-prepared, to say the least. I know now, abet too late, that I would have needed a dual USB type A adapter, and the country/region voltage is 120V. The moral of my true story: If you are leaving on a jet plane and don’t know where you will end up, check out the safe and solid products at Ceptics. That’s one decision you won’t regret.