I have been busy surfing the web last week looking for the best flight and accommodation rates to a neighboring country. You see, my NGO intends to send some delegates to a Congress to be held at a neighboring country some time this year, but within the limited budget from our training funds, we have to go for budget travelling. There's not much we can do about the registration fees for the Congress, except to go for early bird registration (which ends 28th Feb), but we can choose the cheaper rates for flight and accommodation (naik tongkang cheaper lah, but got to take much longer leave from work!!).
After getting a few reasonably priced package last week, by Sunday I listed down the packages which seemed affordable. On Monday morning, I decided to check the rates again - we were having our Board meeting that night and I wanted to discuss the matter with the Board. Our monthly Board meetings are supposed to be the last Tuesdays of each month, but since I needed to be in KL on Tuesday, we brought forward the meeting to Monday.
To my surprise, when I checked the rates on Monday morning, the very same packages for the very same accommodations offered by the very same company, had shot up in pricing! Aiseh, menyesal le pulak tak book awal-awal... but I couldn't book earlier because firstly, I'd need to get the Board's approval before booking, and secondly, I had yet to get the confirmed number of people going.
I was in KL yesterday, attending a half day seminar; followed by an interview/photo shoot for a monthly magazine (re my NGO work). By the time I got back in the evening, I had a rough idea of how many people from our NGO will be attending the Congress. So last night, I surfed the website of a low-cost carrier, and saw that for bookings until 1st March, the fare to that specific city we're going to starts from RM5 one way! Needless to say, I got excited and tried to book. But I guess there are VERY limited seats available at that price, and for the dates that I searched for, there were no RM5 seats available. Buat penat getting excited aje lah...
Can anyone guess where we're going? No prize for the right answer though... :)