Our campaign goal is simple: to pay for myself, Julian and Mai to take a short trip to America in order to meet his grandmother and grandfather. My dad is very sick and there’s probably not much time! target date is April 27th.
My Mother lives in Florida while my Father is in Virginia.
The approximate cost breakdown is as follows:
2 coach direct tickets (baby >lap): $2800
car rental 4 days + gas (or) train 2 tickets VA>FL + taxi: $500
food and 2 nights lodging cost: $300
Estimated Total: $3600
the earlier we can purchase tickets, the less the total amount, but it is holiday travel which costs more by about 25-50%. If we receive more than expected / needed we will donate that to other (travel and family related) campaigns
I hope to introduce him to many other family members. We will be mostly staying at my Dad’s in Virginia Beach, and my mom’s in Tampa, FL. I plan to organize a small potluck dinner in Norfolk. About 25% of this week will be travel time in coach with a baby. It’s not the best but it’s the only time we can take off work.
A little about us: I’m American, born in Florida and Mai was born here in Japan. Our son is 6 months old.
We have a lot to be thankful for, but are struggling and can not afford any trip. My father is in extremely poor health, and very old, with both Parkinson’s disease and has survived cancer and multiple strokes. Neither of our parents are able to pay to have us visit them, as much they’d like to.
Julian was born on August 24th. We live modestly within our means. I’ve started a new job in February, and this year’s Golden Week is the only time we can make this 16,000 mile trip possible.
A small donation of as little as $1 goes directly to the trip fund.