A Small Hurdle

A Small Hurdle

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me”

Ayn Rand

You ever had something so exciting planned that it’s all you could think about, talk about, dream about because this is the one place you wanted to go your whole life? And then you find out that you have to cancel your trip.

Well, that’s what happened to Stephen and I this week. We had an amazing trip planned to Thailand. I’ve dreamed of what it would be like to be up close and personal with the elephants, to go scuba diving, and to kayak through the caves of Phuket. But then I get a call from him saying he was denied boarding on a flight to Dubai a week prior to our trip because of his passport. His completely valid passport by the way. Who knew that your passport is only valid for 9 years and 6 months. Apparently, most countries require it be valid for 6 months past the time of your trip and his expires in July (1 month past the time of our trip). No Dubai for him. No Thailand for us.

There were tears, panic, and frustration. I called everyone I could from the airline to US customs to the US Embassy in Dubai and the US Embassy in Bangkok. Next on my list was to call the military and I’m not even sure if that’s possible. Everyone said the same thing though…he can’t enter their country.

After we finally came to terms with everything, we picked up our chins and came up with a new plan. Something just as wonderful and a place that we’ve never been to before. An island off the coast of Italy: Sardinia (check out the link to learn more about Sardinia and to see some beautiful pictures). We could not have booked completely new flights, hotels, and rentals without each other’s patience and the support from our parents. Neither of us has ever had this happen to us and as independent as we both are, it took a lot for us to turn to our parents for help and to mentor us through this tough situation. Check out the place we’re staying: Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu Sardinia – MGallery by Sofitel. Does it get any more beautiful than this??

Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu

Through the adversity, we found a way to a happy ending and I am so excited to be getting on a plane to Italy today. Because all that matters, in the end, is that we get to spend time together!

Stay tuned for more posts from Sardinia!!




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PSS – Thanks for the encouragement from Mrs. Bowers to share this story so that others are aware of the passport rule. Instead of being ashamed of this mistake, we’ve embraced it and learned a valuable lesson.

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