What a difference a week makes!
I am now back in the UK after a very successful trip to Asia, albeit with a slight sting in the tail with my mid trip blues. My flight home was one of the best BA flights over the past few months, BA 10 BKK-LHR. The service was faultless, cabin crew worked as a team and there was a general air of “thank G-d it’s all over; let’s get on with our jobs”. Just for the record, I was in my usual 60J – 60B had a dead heading stewardess, who made sure everyone knew she was crew.
Interesting, the outbound flight 2 weeks prior, 60B remained empty for the entire flight.
With regards to the subject of this thread, once again, to every one who posted replies and emailed me, thank you.
In summary, the advice/suggestions covered:
*Skype and video conferencing
* book reading
*take a bath
*change hotels/join local clubs
*a trance course
*take the first flight home
*create local,social networks
*yoga, tai chi, meditation
*create a weekend programme with hotel concierge
*Chabad/or other religious activities
*running/walking the local area
I will certainly let you know when I am next in the Far East, it would be great to meet up.
My late father always said that “there is never a bad reason to meet someone new”
…I think a section or an area for interested forum members to post their itineraries is a fabulous idea. However, for this to work, I think there would need to be a more secure section and I guess that this is a cost BT would quite rightly moan about covering. However, on a creative note, I would have no problem in paying towards this cost in the form of an annual membership or similar.
Making as many trips as I do to Asia, for the purpose of financial gain, I pondered long and hard about a way forward. For a long time now, I have been aware that my trips to Asia always kept me within a mile or so radius of the hotel where I stay, not just in BKK. I never get to see much, if any of the “real Asia”.
With the help of one of the hotel managers, prior to my flight home, I decided to join a Thai boxing school, not only to keep fit, but to have the opportunity to actually get outside of BKK for at least 1 day a week. There are not many westerners at the school and English is hardly spoken, but it is something new for me and as I near my 50th birthday, it has given me a new interest and an opportunity to immerse myself in local culture with local people, who apparently relish the opportunity to beat the cr*p out of a westerner! I will let you all know how it goes.
If there are any views or ideas about a way to publish itineraries or if there are enough of us that are willing to cover the cost, please post your ideas and perhaps BT could eventually be persuaded to assist further, especially if the costs were to be covered in part or in full.
Once again, thank you all, the forum provided an emergency response to one traveller in need last week.
Safe and HAPPY travelling……