At the age of 17, I never thought that I would have the opportunity to explore one of the world’s most beautiful countries with my best friends. Pomelo gave me that chance. In 2019, Pomelo offered a $450 round trip flight to Bangkok, Thailand, a place that I had dreamed of visiting for YEARS.

Two of my closest friends at the time saw the email listing and immediately bought their tickets. At the time, I was in the middle of my senior year at high-school, and leaving for a 2 week trip to Asia is far from the norm with all the stress of school.

After some time, I immediately joined them in purchasing a ticket especially after wondering if I would ever stumble across a deal as good as this one any time soon. With my parents full support, my friends and I were off to Thailand, where we were able to enjoy a foreign country, its culture, and its people.

We made lifelong friends that we still keep in contact with now, island hopped, ate delicious traditional foods, visited places of worship, and gained experience that we will never forget.

Not even 2 months later, the first news of COVID-19 started making ways in parts of China. Thanks to Pomelo travel, not only did I have the trip of a lifetime with close friends, but I also got to experience my final out of the country visit for a while before the pandemic. For this memory I am forever thankful to Pomelo!!