JW0PK - Svalbard, Prins Karls Forland
Malaysia, Pulau Gual
PA0GAM/4S7 - Sri Lanka
SV9/PG5M - Greece, Crete
T30GM - Kiribati, Tarawa
V6G - FSM, Yap
T2G - Tuvalu, Funafuti
PA0GAM/ST2 - Sudan
PJ2/PG5M - Curacao, Willemstad
CE0Y/PG5M - Rapa Nui
9M2/PG5M - Spratly - Pulau Layang-Layang
For the second time I wanted to go to the Pacific to activate one or two islands. For quite some time I explored locations, flight schedules, accommodations and also took uniqueness of local cultural or traditions in consideration. I finally chose Yap Island, part of the Federated States of Micronesia, as the prime destination because it is unique for its stone money and their outstanding navigation skills, which were my personal interests for this trip. To reach Yap I had to fly via Palau and made it an easy choice to be my second destination for this trip. The initial plan was a two and a half week tour but was cut short for personal reasons at the start of my trip.
The final planning and organization of a trip like this is not always a sequential process but sometimes many parallel actions have to be executed. Booking flights, accommodation, transportation, etc. should all fit together. Yap can be reached by airplane from two directions; Guam and Palau. For reason of preferring to fly by KLM, my route was from Amsterdam to Seoul and by Korean Air from Seoul to Palau (twice a week). This left the last stretch from Palau to Yap by United Airlines which is flying once a week. Now it was a matter of booking the flights which I do all by myself (I don't make use of travel agents). The flight to Yap needed an early booking as flights were quickly fully booked. I prepared the flight bookings for Korean and United in two different browser sessions and hit the final booking button of each within a second. This could hopefully avoid having a confirmed flight for only one airline. In my case that was the case. KLM flies daily to Seoul so there was not a problem.
Accommodation was provisionally booked, pending flight confirmations so everything was no ready for further preparation and action.