My Most Excellent Adventure Just Trying To Get To Fiji

It took way longer than planned, but I am finally on the sandy beaches of Fiji. I have to tell you, it was all worth it in the end.

My adventure started on Wednesday, March 16 with dinner at BCD Tofu for Sally and her friend, who was visiting from Vancouver. Sally still has school right now so she won’t be coming with me. When I get home, she’ll be on spring break and we’ll be going on a trip then.

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I got to the LAX airport at 7pm and found the business class check in completely empty. I was able to check in and go through security in about 15 minutes (the TSA at LAX has a separate line for business class). Once inside the airport, I headed for the Fiji Airline VIP lounge, where I was able to grab a cup a noodle and a Miller.

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The Fiji lounge was OK as far as airport lounges go. If you’re wondering about the cup of noodle, it’s a very popular thing among Asian airport lounges. I hung out in the VIP lounge until 30 minutes before the flight check in.

I boarded the flight at 11pm and was getting ready for the 11 hour flight. I was looking forward to reclining the seat into a bed, going to sleep and waking up when the plane lands at 6am Fiji time.

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Then the pilot comes over the PA and said there was some tech issue with the jet and we’ll be delayed taking off.

Thirty minutes later, he came on again saying they’re still working on it and are talking to Airbus tech support. A picture of the pilot talking to someone in a call center in India popped into my head.

An hour later, they’re still working on it, and then the flight got canceled because they ran up against the maximum number of hours a crew can work on a plane. They rescheduled the flight for 3pm the next day.

This was the point where I discovered the advantages of flying business class. We were the first to get off the plane and the airline put me up at the Four Points Hotel LAX for the night and even gave me $30 for breakfast the next morning.

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Thirty dollar doesn’t get you much of a breakfast at the Four Points LAX. Good thing I didn’t have to pay for it.

It’s Fiji Time!

This is my second trip to Fiji. On my first trip, I discovered the concept of “Fiji Time.” What it basically means is things are more relax there. If someone say it will take 15 minutes, it really means 30 minutes. Therefore, I should not have been surprised that when Fiji airline said we’ll get back under way at 3pm, they really meant 5pm. That did allowed me more time to hang out at the VIP lounge and enjoy more cups of noodles.

Flying to Fiji at 5pm LA time messed up my original plan of sleeping on the plane. Instead of landing at 6am in the morning, the flight would land at midnight. If I were to sleep on the plane, I wouldn’t be able to sleep when I get to the hotel. Therefore, I decided to stay awake for the entire flight, and took advantage of the plane’s entertainment system.

I finally landed in Fiji at midnight Fiji time on March 19. This trip started on March 16, so it ranks way up there for longest trip ever.

The Fiji airport is in the middle of nowhere. The drive from airpot to hotel took a full hour. I didn’t get to my room at the Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa until 2am in the morning.

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The Shangri-La is a really nice resort. I got an ocean view room with a patio. This was what I woke up to in the morning.

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As great as waking up to an ocean view is, waking up to this notice from Mint is even better.

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The only problem with the Mint notice is it said I received a large deposit. Obviously, Mint’s definition of a large deposit and my definition is not the same. They need to step up their game.

Now that I am finally in Fiji, the real adventure can begin. I look forward to sharing with you more photos and videos during my Fiji trip. Better yet, instead of reading about the Dot Com Lifestyle, why not join me and live it? Download my eBook below to find out how I can travel the world, and make money doing it.

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16 thoughts on “My Most Excellent Adventure Just Trying To Get To Fiji”

  1. MARDAM says:

    You are lucky man.

  2. Hi John,

    Awesome man!

    THAT is Fiji Airlines for ya LOL….we were delayed for 2 hours flying from Sydney to Nadi. Tech issues. Once again. I heard this tech issue delay is routine, like clockwork, with the few Fijian airlines. But damn are the views worth it, when you arrive to Fiji.

    Ditto on Fiji time. Or island time. Living in Savusavu for 4 months, I learned this phrase from the locals: “EEEAAASSSYYY….” Whatever happens the folks say “EASY.” All flows easily. No problems. No worries. So far out there it’s like they’re unspoiled by the worries and anxieties we cling to in the Western world.

    Dude, the flight looked awesome. As does the view. Nadi Airport is in No Man’s Land. Savusavu is like a freaking 2 lane highway in New Jersey LOL….and Labasa is also basically a tiny tarmac, with the “terminal” being a small room with folding chairs. Food was bags of chips and cookies. Insane man, just so funny.

    Enjoy it John. And thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

  3. Fransiska says:

    Now… That was a life. It’s a great journey John!

  4. James Brinkerhoff

    says:

    awesome john have a blast!

  5. MotorBeam says:

    Airplane BPOs aren’t in India.

  6. Denis Sharma

    says:

    Hi John,

    “Bula!”

    Thanks for sharing your Fijian adventure.

    Sorry to hear about your flight delay out of LAX. I used to work for Fiji Airways (Air Pacific then) Engineering and trust me technical snags can be as stressful and inconvenient to the ground crew as they are to the passengers. However, the airline takes good care of you while you are delayed specially if you are a business class traveller.

    Enjoy the sun , sand, the crystal blue sea water and the cool breeze off the ocean!

    I miss the fresh coconut drinks straight from the coconut with a straw.

    I am sure you would love the fresh seafood too.

    Have fun.

    Denis

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  9. Don Cooper says:

    Hope you enjoy your trip! Please let me know when you plan to come to South Korea where I live. It would be great to meet you!

    1. anita says:

      Hello happy to see u r from south korea
      R u here at mttb
      Tell me more about this

      1. Don Cooper says:

        Hello Anita,

        It’s nice to meet you. No, I’m not at mttb. Currently I’m in Korea.

        I used to live in Southern California and I’ve been following John’s Blog for quite a while.
        I noticed you “JC” gravatar. If you don’t mind me asking, are you associated with JohnChow.com?

        Best Regards,

        Don

  10. Rudy says:

    Don’t forget to visit my country in Indonesia

  11. Ok, I’m in my seat now on Fiji flight from LAX Saturday 11 PM. I hope there are no announcements like you had..!

    Better not be – I see many of the MOBE event/strategy support folks are on this flight. See you at 6 AM Monday!

  12. Reba says:

    World travel is always an excellent adventure … I hope your time in Fiji is truly amazing!

  13. Almaz Tesfahunegn

    says:

    Chon, thank you for sharing your adventure. you are adventurous. You are enjoying your time to the fullest. Also try to plan to visit Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. I am thin king to organize for a live entrepreneur seminar. May be you advice me the right approach.

    I faced the same problem coming back to California from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. My flight was cancelled at Phoenix, AZ, I had to stay at the four Points Sheraton, also after that delayed before I reached California, Bakersfield. I arrived home one day late of scheduled

  14. Karen Siau

    says:

    Have a great time in Fiji. Abit similar to Malaysia…Sandy Beach n coconut trees…

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