|The far reaches of bungalow island destinations (those blue pins) on Google Maps|
Vacation planning often mimics the same anxiety, frustration, and exhilaration of the trip itself. Case in point - today my wife is trying to work out a trip to Japan with her brother that coincides conveniently with a remote beach destination. Of course, we encounter a couple of hiccups:
- Remote beach destinations are quite remote - literally in the middle of the ocean, thousands of miles from anything
- Traveling in and out of Asia with US airlines is not as well networked and connected as Europe (read: multi-stop flights are difficult to arrange)
- Airline award flights are challenging to book, particularly with "saver" awards, for lack of seats available to use those miles
- Rewards points and status with particular hotels get you quite a bit with those hotels - but only with those hotels, which leads to a search through a particular hotel's directory for attractive destinations
The orchestration is now entering its second day, with no end in sight (yet). I'm sure we will get to the point of exhilaration by the end of the week, but until then, we will keep trying to get Tokyo with the outer reaches of island destinations, preferably with bungalows. We go on looking for huts.