I didn’t see it coming.
I was all set for my trip to Kyushu when cough and fever struck me on the very same weekend of my flight. I’m not really the sickly type, but I was literally bedridden from Saturday to Sunday (and Sunday was supposed to be my flight). I was so sick I couldn’t even stay awake for 10 minutes straight that I can’t imagine myself making it to the airport.
I feel bad because I’ve been looking forward to this trip for almost a year now; it would have been my first time to ride bullet trains; it would have been my first time to Kyushu.
So I’m confined to my home, focusing on recovering, and by God’s grace, recovering pretty well. Awful as I still feel, I realized these lessons from this experience:
- Cancellation options do matter. I lost a total of ~500 USD–unused national JR pass, Airbnb accommodation and RT airfare–and neither of them were transferable nor subject to cancellation. Ah, the airfare was especially a deal, just around 80 usd for the MNL-FUK RT, but I was never able to experience it. The place I booked is hosted by a superhost and based from a guest’s review is just across Canal City. I booked my national JR pass from Klook and the transaction was a good experience. Not perfect though because I wasn’t able to enjoy them nor at least get a refund.
- Health IS wealth. Yes I feel bad for the money I practically wasted and feel even worse for the botched trip, but if I didn’t put my health into consideration, I would have ended up in worse shape. To be honest, it’s a bit traumatizing, but the best thing to do really is to be extra careful and take care of my health, and be less stingy with medicine. And finally,
- There’s always a bright side to everything. I have tons of personal errands to take care of so that’s what I chose to focus on in my sudden free time. The host I contacted is extra nice and offered me a special rate the next time I book his place. I learned that Klook is a nice service to avail. I also had more time to talk to my family during the week off.
I honestly don’t know when I can plan a trip again or I’ll have the time to go to Kyushu, but I’m wiser for sure this time.