Wearing: Michael Lo Sordo backless gown.
After our five days in Tokyo, Melissa and I had a one night stopover in Hong Kong. We were meant to fly to Hanoi Vietnam early the next morning (Halong Bay has always been high up on my bucket list) but the day took a very unexpected turn during check in. For some silly reason I had forgotten that we needed pre-approved VISA’s to enter Vietnam. I know, for someone who travels as often as I am blessed to should know better. I agree I really should. It somehow completely slipped past my overpacked, jet lagged mind to then slap me in the face. The boarding passes to Hanoi were ripped up in front of us, so we did what I seem to do best… camped out on the Airport floor until we came up with a last minute alternative.
I am incredibly lucky and thankful that I have been partnering with Cathay Pacific, who came to our rescue and found us seats on a flight to an alternative destination of Phuket. Within a few hours we were bound for Thailand, pinching ourselves how surreal and fortunate we were to be able to have options at all. When I first started backpacking all of those years ago I would have never dreamt that I would one day be working within this industry, and be able to know that if things like this go sideways while on the road it will work out better in the end.
We arrived in time for the most beautiful candlelit dinner on the beach at Cape Panwa, sharing a bottle of wine while soaking in the lingering dusk.
I did have my heart set on Vietnam, as I was to be celebrating a very personal milestone later that week. But in all honesty the changes uprooted and uplifted us, making us realise the comfort we both find in the unexpected. Spending the week in Thailand with one of my oldest, and dearest friends ended up being one of the best travelling weeks of my life.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
Photos by Melissa Findley