Wednesday Write-Up: Change of Plans

We have had a gigantic change of plans today. Our trip to visit family and friends here in Northern California was set to end with our return flight to Tokyo in a week and a half. I was mentally and emotionally preparing for the good-byes, I was ready, but it looks like we will be here an extra week here in California. Then we are headed over to cold old London ( yes, the one in ENGLAND)!

London Big Ben Phone box
I cannot wait to see Big Ben! Click here for photo credit.
Chad has been meeting with people at his work here while we are visiting and has been asked to go to London (with us of course) to do some projects for them. This means that we have a (almost) free trip to London! How can we pass it up!

This is such an answer to prayer as there have been a few things that have made us feel like the timing of our leaving the States didn’t seem quite right.

For one thing, I was neglectful on the planning (or non-planning I guess I should say) to check if there was a Thai embassy near our hometown here in California. Guess what, our assumption that there was an Thai embassy in San Francisco, CA. was very wrong. That old saying about assuming is always so true, but it gets me every time. There are three Thailand embassies here in America: Washington, DC., Los Angeles, CA., and Chicago, IL.. We couldn’t make it to any of those embassies in order to get the tourist visa that we need for Thailand, so we were going to have to pay MUCHO money to get our visas expedited through a service. Now we don’t have to, because there is actually an embassy in London (I did the research this time).

The other thing that was weighing heavily on me, was our flight back to our home in Phuket, Thailand. It was the flight from hell, or it felt like it might be. Our flight was to leave from Sonoma County Airport to land in San Diego, CA for a whole night layover. The next morning we were to fly to Honolulu, Hawaii for another layover of 6 hours. Then we were flying to Tokyo, Japan for a couple of days to break up the arduous journey. Our itinerary was to then fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for another 6 hour layover and finally home to Phuket.  Just trying to write this so that it makes sense makes my eyes bleed and my heart quicken with anxiety. I have been on thirty-something flights in the last year, but these sounded like the most exhausting. We had to plan the flights this way so that we could utilize our American Airlines Advantage Miles, but now that we have a free flight to London, it opens a ton more doors to find a better flight to use our miles on.

The last thing that was really weighing on me was that I felt like I had not done much here yet. I needed more time in my old stomping grounds. Don’t get me wrong, I have been running non-stop since we’ve  arrived, but it has been mostly getting the errands out the way. Now I can settle down and truly just enjoy the people I love and places to see. What a blessing indeed!

The only negative to the AWESOME trip to London is that we will not be taking our last little jaunt through Tokyo. But Tokyo will still be there and we will have to plan a bigger trip there in the future, and I’m sorry… An impromptu trip to see the capitol of England… YES PLEASE!

With my new and improved (well, really just old and forgotten) planning personality in full swing, I am already starting to make a list of what to see and do in England (and possibly Scotland and/or Ireland). If you have any suggestions, or posts you would like to share, please leave a comment.

***One Last Thing –I have been really struggling to get my posts done in a timely matter with all that is going on during my “vacation” to visit my family and friends. I may be cutting down on the amount of posts I do a week until I start traveling again in a few weeks (then posts will continue on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). Make sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see what we are doing here in beautiful Northern California!*****

  27 comments for “Wednesday Write-Up: Change of Plans

  1. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    May 7, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Yay! Missing out on a return visit to Tokyo is definitely a downside, but everything else sounds good.

    London. We lived there for several years but it was before kids. I would say… walk along the south bank of the Thames and see what you can find, it’s May going on June so I think it might be compulsory to find a park and take some strawberries and Pims?

    Maybe think about a train to somewhere along the coast if you want to escape the city for a day or two (if I went back I would take the kids to the Isle of Wight where I worked a bit – a couple of hrs by train and ferry, from memory, via Plymouth) or just out to the countryside (doesn’t have to be towards the sea) but buy the tickets *in advance* which is often cheaper.

    I’m sure there’s some kids’ theatre so you can say you’ve taken in a London Show. And Greenwich. Oh! I saw a post about Greenwich recently…

  2. joylovestravel
    May 7, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Sometimes things just work out for the best don’t they! Enjoy London – one of my favourite cities.

    • andthreetogo
      May 7, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      They sure do! Do you have any posts that I should read about your time(s) in
      London?

      • joylovestravel
        May 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        Not got around to posts about London (yet)! Posting about current stuff and old trips when I can squeeze them in – will get to London (eventually)!!!
        Some things we like to do though:
        – Walk down the Southbank, start at Big Ben/Houses of Parliament, cross the bridge and walk by the river. There’s loads to see – St Paul’s, Shakespeare’s Globe, London Eye etc.. We always stop at Borough Market for lunch – great food. If you walk all the way to Tower Bridge you can get the river bus back.
        – Walk down Whitehall, start at Westminster Abbey and go past 10 Downing Street, Horseguards Parade (always a couple of guards on horseback) down to Trafalgar Square. You can walk round the corner to the Mall and Buckingham Palace.
        – Natural History Museum (great dinosaurs) and Science Museum both free and v. child friendly.
        – Our son loves Hamleys toy shop and refuses to leave London without a trip there. The playground in Kensington Gardens – Princess of Wales Playground is also fantastic (and free), plus the gardens are nice on a sunny day. Hyde Park and Green Park also good if the weather is nice and both close to Buckingham Palace.
        – We love the Tower of London – beefeaters and the crown jewels.
        Hope some of this is helpful! Enjoy London, looking forward to reading about it.

        • andthreetogo
          May 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm

          Oh such wonderful ideas! I think you just planned my whole trip for me! 🙂 seriously though, thank you so much for all the info. I would much rather get the “what to do’s” from a fellow blogger than a travel guide. 🙂

  3. thriftytravelmama
    May 7, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Edinburgh is a fantastic city – lots of fun, kid-friendly stuff, and tons of cheap, delicious food (Mexican too!!). And, there are some super cheap flights from London to Germany.. just sayin’.. 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      May 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Edinburgh is on our list for sure. For me the castles and history, for Chad the Scotch. 🙂 Hooray for Mexican food!
      Do you have any posts you have written on Edinburgh? I would love to
      Read them!

  4. The Vanilla Housewife
    May 7, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Oh my! Super duper exciting! Yep, I’d give up Tokyo too of it means I will get to travel to London! You guys are jetsetters! Have loads of fun and take a lot of photos!

    • andthreetogo
      May 7, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      I think I will have to delete some apps off my phone so I have enough space for all of the photos I will be taking! 🙂

      • Gillian Snowball
        May 7, 2014 at 6:21 pm

        I’m so excited hope you’ll stay with us in the country for a few days, we live in a quaint English village, a few good pubs(Chad came with us to one last time he was here), some great places to eat, Stamford, a fab old small town, Leicester for a good cheap Indian curry and it’s on the way to Edinburgh.
        I’ll be your tour guide around London too, show you ‘my’ London….Deptford and Greenwich, Soho and cocktail bars(babysitter may be required….my sister is a mum so could help out), Ottolengi, Polpo, Mildred’s, Monmouth Coffee and Fernandez and Wells, Shoreditch and Broadway Market, Nunhead Cemetry and Peckham…gosh hope you’ve got a few days ….

        • andthreetogo
          May 7, 2014 at 6:26 pm

          Gilly! Actually we will be in your neck of the woods for a few days while chads working up there, so yes a catch up is definitely wanted! 🙂 also I would love a your through ‘your’ London! Maybe chad and I could switch off days so we can both have an adult day. We will work it out! See you in a few weeks! I think you have chads #? Or maybe just his Thai number… Well let me know or email me at andthreetogo@yahoo.com and we can set something up!

  5. Jeannie
    May 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    So glad that you all will be here longer

    • andthreetogo
      May 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      We are too!

  6. sueslaght
    May 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Have a fabulous time. We recently had a very quick trip to London http://traveltalesoflife.com/2014/04/07/a-walk-in-london-or-wrestling-at-the-changing-of-the-guards/
    And to Aberdeen.http://traveltalesoflife.com/2014/03/31/my-date-with-a-scotsman/

    Just a sampling. I look forward to your posts!

    • andthreetogo
      May 8, 2014 at 12:57 am

      I remember reading these posts! They were great and I am going to look at them again. I especially remember the changing of the guards post… I hope somehow we can get through all the crowds 🙂

  7. Cyndie Tobin
    May 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Ahh, what a blessed life. Glad you are home for a bit.
    When Mel and I were in UK, the one-day tour we took of Scotland’s Highlands was a highlight.
    And, of course, Liverpool!
    Love, Auntie C

    • andthreetogo
      May 9, 2014 at 5:01 am

      I am glad too! We are definitely going to try to make it to the Highlands and possibly Liverpool. Gotta show my Beatles love!

  8. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    May 9, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Not surprised it worked out for the best, if you know what I mean? 🙂 It all sounds perfect! Can’t wait to see the London posts/Great Britain/Ireland, etc. Hope the remainder of California goes super! Enjoy family! Your readers will all be here when you’re back to posting as usual! Terri

    • andthreetogo
      May 9, 2014 at 5:02 am

      Thanks! I am praying and hoping that it will be a great time. I am thankful to have more time here with my friends and family and now that I know I have more time with them, I am a bit less stressed about my posts. 🙂

  9. Valerie
    May 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Ooh, a trip to London?! Awesome!! I’m so glad you won’t have the headache of all those layovers. O_O I can’t imagine doing that!

    • andthreetogo
      May 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      I know. It was really an answer to prayer because I was slightly freaking out about it. 🙂

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