Kim, Lucas and I take lots of trips each year. We usually fly to destinations around 8-10 times (per year). Of those trips, 2-3 are what I’d consider bigger trips.
Last year we went to Myanmar over spring break. We visited four Mid-East Gulf States during the summer. (I’ve written some trips reports about each of the destinations mentioned but slacked off and didn’t finish…)
When the school year began I only had a couple of trips being planned and I started talking about where to go in the spring of 2016. I thought of some ideas- South Korea, the Philippines and Fiji (and other South Pacific islands).
After some discussion with Kim (and award searching), we came to a decision and I have to say I was really psyched and looking forward to our upcoming trip to Fiji and Vanuatu.
Back in November 2015, I was able to book flights for the three of us from NYC to Fiji and then from Vanuatu to NYC with American Airlines AAdvantage miles. (I waited on purchasing or finding award availability for a flight from Fiji to Vanuatu and I’m glad that I did!)
When we got back from Cuba in early January it was time to start planning our trip to the Pacific but we procrastinated a bit. (I started a new job and we had to catch up from being away etc…)
Then in mid-January we got some amazing news. Kim is pregnant!
With a baby on the way, there was pretty much no chance that Kim would be enduring multiple flights and 20 hours or so flying back and forth from Fiji and Vanuatu. I held out some hope that we could still take the trip but knew it wasn’t going to happen.
Rather than cancel our flights right away, I waited over a month before making the tough call to AA.
Once it really set in that we were having a baby, I was totally cool with canceling the trip. Imagine how much fun it’s going to be to have another travel partner in the future! Since our little world traveler Lucas Miles arrived in 2012, we’ve continued to travel and the experiences have been amazing!
When “Baby W Travels” arrives, I’ll be excited to continue our travel journey, this time as a family of 4.
Until then, Kim is grounded from flying but Lucas and I have some plans. Stay tuned!