A new chapter has begun for Exploramum and Explorason departing Australia for our second major travel expedition.
Originally leaving Adelaide in 2012, we then successfully explored 65 countries over four years, before returning to Australia to celebrate my father’s 90th birthday late last year.
Over the past few months we have been really quite busy and continued to travel – discovering parts of Australia, and also included a couple of shorter jaunts to Indonesia.
Ready To Fly
We managed to commence our ‘next chapter’ on a day that was deemed to be considered ‘a challenge’. Plastered over the News for the past 24 hours were announcements that the Customs and Immigration staff at the Sydney Airport were holding a strike. A pay increase is in order, and so they were running on skeleton staff and long delays were predicted.
Not to worry, we arrived early to the Mascot Airport and breezed through the check-in counter with Scoot Airways. In fact, there was plenty of staff, and we only had to wait for one person, then it was our turn at the counter – perfect!
When we were surfing the net and selecting which airline to fly to S.E. Asia with, we discovered Scoot low priced airfares, and decided to give them a try. And like most of our adventures, we write and share them with you, especially when we feel a company offers great service and value for money.
©Exploramum and Explorason – ready to board our first Scoot flight
We breezed through Customs and Immigration on our way to the American Express Lounge. I don’t know where the strike was meant to be, but we certainly felt no effect.
Before we knew it our boarding call was announced.
Priority boarding is an online option for passengers with Scoot.
Plus, there is an option for selecting our favorite Economy class seats on-line too, so we made sure we did this.
‘Scoot in Silence’ is the desired option for the passenger who prefers the quieter flight – with no children permitted under the age of 12 in this front-of-plane section.
There are also Super and Stretch Seats available that offer more legroom and adjustable headrests.
©Exploramum and Explorason – happy children onboard Scoot
Our seats were perfect. In front was a young family with 3 children. Instantly Explorason and the older of the two boys became friends. Oh my goodness, was the oldest child a natural comedian. He kept us entertained during the flight. Such a lovely family venturing off on their first overseas vacation with all three children.
I noticed how great the flight attendants were with organizing the baby seat belt, and helping the parents with their luggage, and settling the children into their seats.
©Exploramum and Explorason – spacious cabin Scoot Airways
We found it to be a very spacious aircraft cabin too – one of the many benefits of Scoots all wide-body fleet. Plus, our new Rolling Laptop Bags and Extra Cabin Bags were stored safely overhead because the overhead lockers were really spacious.
I personally detest when I get onboard other flights, only to find my bag ends up several overhead lockers away. It isn’t too bad on take-off, but it can be really difficult when traveling as a single parent with a child only to separate in the swarm of traffic as passenger enthusiasm overrides once the plane has landed. I’ve had this happen on more than one occasion, so I appreciated the roomy overhead lockers and to me, they were a real ‘plus’.
Before we knew it we were flying in the air in a ‘schmick’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, and despite all the food consumed in the American Express Lounge, Explorason was ready for his meal.
We had pre-ordered our healthy meals online (so glad we did).
©Exploramum and Explorason – Scoot Cafe
Later in the flight, it was once again time for a snack from the Scoot Cafe.
I chose not to drink alcohol on the flight because I find the altitude can cause me to dehydrate, and often end with a nasty headache, but others around I noticed enjoyed a tipple or two from the bar trolley.
Scoot also offers ‘4 X Cabin Moisture Feel’ so I thankfully felt quite refreshed with hydrated skin. Plus I found I could breathe easy with their reassurance of clean, bacteria-free air onboard.
Whilst this might be an invisible benefit, I do recall when Explorason ended up with Mycoplasma Pneumonia after an earlier trip to Bali this year. The doctor did tell us that this is an airborne virus, so I’m very keen to be surrounded as we fly in ‘bacteria-free’ cabin air.