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Post-mortem. Long trip but worth the trouble

View The one trip where I spent more nights on a plane than in hotels on NT01's travel map.

Flight details CX907 J 747-400 Dep 0750 Arr 0940HKGMNL 702 miles

Finally, I am back in Manila [Manila-travel-guide-885524] after being away for six nights. This was my shortest (in terms of trip length) but longest (in terms of distance) long haul flight.

In the end, the trip was worth delivering the proposal in person. The client signed the contract about a year after our first proposal (kinda late, but better late than never).

Fast forward to today, I know trips like these are highly unlikely to be repeated. For one, email can now easily handle tens of megabytes of file sizes, sometimes even in the gigabytes. Second, not everyone sends a proposal by "personal courier" anymore (usually it is emailed and the discussions are conducted over video-conferencing, phone, and sometimes in person). Third, who would want to spend over $6,000 dollars to risk a proposal which one is not 100% sure of winning? And finally, there might not be as many people like me who are willing to be single day couriers to fly halfway around the world and return as quickly as possible (we are a rare breed).

But in the end, this was one trip that had the least amount of planning, and yet had the most feeling of accomplishment for myself. I won't mind having a few more of such trips :-)

Posted by NT01 17:00 Archived in Philippines

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