Location: Corvallis, Oregon USA Date: 4/15/2001
It's clear by now that everyone is supposed to buy round trip airfare and never travel for more than a year. For almost six weeks I've been actively pursuing a ticket that matches my itinerary and costs what online research indicates. There are a dozen websites that let you plan trips. So far, none of them lets you book complex one-way fares online especially if one portion of the trip is more that twelve months in the future.
So far the best response I've had is a local travel agent. She's been knowledgeable and responsive. Her price, however, is several hundred dollars more than comparable trips from other sources. Timothe Vincent of www.counciltravel.com has been helpful, too. And as a bonus, I like the method his company uses to post the itinerary. I think is must be the same itinerary engine used by www.travelocity.com. It shows details of your trip online with a special code. There is only one more possibility, a Circle Pacific fare. There is one advertised online that is virtually identical to my itinerary but in the opposite direction. I've received an email from the firm advertising the trip, but with no firm information. I'll make one more attempt to contact them and probably then book the trip with Council Travel.
The transition of the store to the new owners goes well and I think they will be more than ready by the time June 1st rolls around. I'm working on the details of storing my stuff for an extended period and I'll probably have a storage locker rented by the end of April.
Visas complicate the timing of any trip. My desire to spend six months in Australia may be shortened to three months if I can't get a six month visa when I'm in Wellington, New Zealand. I think I'll try to obtain any visas needed through at least Thailand while I'm in Wellington.