Whenever we travel, it is always a struggle to hold our lives inside a suitcase for the number of days we are staying with a specified amount of weight allowed. Travelers will understand how difficult it is to get all your things inside your luggage without missing out your daily routine essentials satisfying what is only allowed within a specified flight, generally speaking, “packing light”.
It was my first time traveling to United States and baggage has been the center of my trip. After convincing myself that I got a good deal with my tickets and all the flight changes, my luggage was not with me when I arrived in Houston. Big question on my mind was how to survive my 17-day vacation with just a pair of jeans, shoes, couple of shirts and a jacket in a 13-degree autumn weather Texas? Moving along after contacting my insurance and processing my irregularity reports, luggage arrived after 62 long hours. Thank God! Well, proper claiming of compensation is another story.
Moving ahead, as we enjoyed every bit of San Antonio and drooling our eyes to the all of the ‘sulit’ buys we had, naming Costco and Walmart to name a few; adding up the outlet stores we get back again and again, our baggage allowance exceeded to what we did not planned. Returning the stuff that we overbuy is one of the options yet it is still not enough for us to manage, so we ended up deciding to get additional baggage. After the run around with the airline site to book the baggage in advance, ended up surrendering and just pay on the check in counter which is a huge amount to pay.
Fast forward to the moment of truth, we are to check in 5 bags vs. the 4 baggage allowances we had. Going a little over the weight, we were asked to remove things to accept our check-in baggage; not knowing we are being observed by the other personnel at the counter. Suddenly someone asked on the vernacular what is happening and giving us the lead that she will be taking care of us. Praise God with all his might for this is a miracle! She was the one who processed our check in, being considerate about the little excess, yet of course we pay the additional bag. Thanks to this Filipina who is very considerate to her ‘kabayans’!
Sometimes, God brings people as instruments to save us from the uncontrolled circumstances that we are in. Not to mention turning unwanted circumstances into a something that will benefit us; in this case, the airline and insurance paying us back regarding the baggage delay; which is still a blessing! Now, how do you think about baggage as the center of my first ever US Trip?