August 1st: SAN FRANCISCO TO LOS ANGELES
August 1st: LOS ANGELES TO RAROTONGA
The first leg on our around the world ticket is San Francisco to Los Angeles and then Los Angeles to Rarotonga (the main city in the Cook Islands). We have that date booked for August 1, 2000. Although we have also established dates for other flights, our around the world tickets are somewhat flexible. We can change the dates as we go, if another flight is available. This gives us some leeway, so if a place is a little dicey or there's not much going on or we get caught during monsoon season, and we want to get out earlier than planned, we can bolt. Or, if a place is really cool, we can stay longer than we had planned.
Truthfully, we don't know that much about the Cook Islands. We had thought about Hawaii or Tahiti for the first leg of the trip but we heard The Cooks were equally as cool as those islands at a fraction of the cost. We'll see.