Happy FEBRUARY, friends!
Yesterday morning, I headed up to Nantucket to handle a few little details here on the island. I am working from home here today as well as running a few errands, and I’m not going to lie, my heart is HAPPY to be bACK 🙂 . The Gray Lady is my favorite even in the dead of winter.
I had another post in mind for today, but after my fourth flight in about a week, I decided to punt and instead get all of my thoughts out about…my TOP FIVE, BOTTOM FIVE: TRAVELING BY PLANE.
Without a doubt, I would rather travel by plane than car, bus or train because there are many, many TOP FIVE moments…buuuuut there are also a few BOTTOM FIVE things to point out, and after pondering my own (and asking Andrew), I decided this would make a lively conversation today.
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Okay, here we go…
These are the TOP FIVE BEST THINGS ABOUT TRAVELING BY PLANE…
#5: THE FOOD AND DRINKS.
Listen, I have read those health magazines for years and years where they often have little segments telling us how to be healthy when we travel and without fail, it says “not to eat the airplane food but instead bring your own”. Um, that’s not me. I don’t care if it’s a bag of peanuts or a full meal, when I see the American Airlines flight attendants walking my way with a cup of coffee and those little biscotti cookies, I am HAPPY. Skip the meal? Skip the snack? No way! First of all, I’m pretty bored and you handing me anything to eat and drink now counts as my inflight entertainment and two, it just makes that moment better. I’m not saying it’s Michelin Star stuff, but it’s sure the highlight of my time in the sky. Pass me the mixed nuts and a sparkling water, they pair perfectly with my book!
Hi, my name is Shay and as you know, when I am in most moving things (boats, cars, etc), I get motion sick. I can’t look at my phone, I can’t turn read a map or really even mess with a playlist and heaven forbid I read a book…no way is that possible. On road trips, I legit sit there and stare straight ahead. I can’t even really turn around and check on my kids often (while Andrew is driving) as that makes me sick too. I’m a hostage to the moving vehicle and facing forward. On a plane though, I can multitask! I can listen to music or watch a show on my phone while working on my computer, I can read, I can get up and go to the bathroom (a plus for me who has a very small bladder and thus makes a terrible car companion), I can nap, I can chit chat with my family. The plane ride feels like a deluxe vacation to me compared to being in the car. I can do so many things without getting sick! But I can also…
Yup. Get on the plane, turn my phone on airplane mode, open my Kindle and ignore all the things pulling me in a million directions for a few hours. That is bliss that’s pretty hard to find outside of 30,000 feet above the Earth.
And because time is clearly something I value on a plane…
#2: TIME TO DO WHATEVER YOU WANT.
I feel like when I’m in the air it’s “bonus” time. I can work, but I can also sit there and read. Even though WiFi is available on most flights, the expectation that you are reachable/working/doingdoingdoingdoing is at a minimum compared to any other time of the day. I watch more movies in a year on a plane than I do at home. For someone like me (high strung/Type A, Enneagram 8/multitasking over-achiever), it’s hard for me to shut off my brain, but when I’m on a flight…I can do that.
The best part. I’m either back at home (yay!) or somewhere new (yay!). Landing is without a doubt my favorite part about air travel.
Buuuuut few things in life are pure bliss, thus… the BOTTOM FIVE THINGS ABOUT TRAVELING BY PLANE…
#5: THE AIR.
I can be on a flight for 14 hours or 40 minutes and either way, I feel disgusting when I get off because of the recirculated cabin air. My skin feels icky, I’m 99% positive I smell bad, my hands and face are dry and listless…it’s the air. I can feel it seeping into my pores the whole time.
I’m not sure why people board a plane and immediately take off their shoes. I sit by people in various situations all the time and never see them remove their footwear (church, waiting rooms, school functions, meetings, the hair salon), but people board a flight and immediately start taking off their shoes. I’m not talking about an overnight flight where you need to sleep, I’m talking about any and all flights despite length. I mean, I see people do it before takeoff! Please keep your shoes on (or at least your socks). I do not know anyone who wants to see and/or SMELL a stranger’s feet in a closed space with recirculated air. This is maddening to me.
#3: DELAYS ON THE GROUND.
Listen, give me a flight delay at the airport any day. I’m okay with the pilot circling in the air. I cannot though STAND to have a delay on the ground. I don’t care if it’s weather related or mechanical, sitting on the ground in my seat and not moving in any direction at all makes me claustrophobic. It’s weird, I know. It’s not super logical that I would rather be strapped to my seat making circles in the air above the airport…but you guys, on the ground delays make me nutty. Listen, I get it…it’s better to be on the ground than in the air with an issue…I know, I know, but I would so much rather be inside the airport while you fix my issue than stuck on that plane.
#2: THE BATHROOM.
I mean, do I even need to elaborate? You pay a large amount of money to get on a piece of advanced technology so brilliant our forefathers would have never believed it possible and yet…the lavatories are the size of a broom closet and appear to have been used by the entire 8th grade football team just prior to my entering.
I can’t. I’m not one to be hypersensitive to scents, but for the love, FOR THE LOVE, between the feet, the lavatory, the dirty diapers, the overly sprayed cologne, that bag of Taco Bell someone has brought on, the hand sanitizer and the flight attendants heating up chicken parmesan in the galley, the smells are by far my least favorite part of traveling by plane.
On our way to Prague in November 🙂 .
It wouldn’t be a TOP FIVE, BOTTOM FIVE without Mr. Shull weighing in too.
ANDREW’S TOP FIVE:
5: I am pretty much the most loyal person you’re ever going to meet, and I’m super, super loyal to American Airlines. Because of that, I’ve earned status flying which makes me feel appreciated every time I fly. I love being loyal to a company and then that company thanking you for your business and acknowledging that you’re loyal. More companies should do this for repeat clients.
4: The airport. I love the airport. People watching, the excitement. My vacation starts there.
3: The hot fudge sundae on an American Airlines international flight’s. I am a hot fudge only fan. Shay does it wrong. She gets it with all the toppings.
2: I love how I am forced to sit still without a lot of distractions. On the way back from Prague, for instance, I watched Curb Your Enthusiasm and wrote a 29 page presentation for my CHFC. Amazing what you can do with uninterrupted time.
1: Excitement of the destination. When I step off that plane in January, July, or October in ACK, Prague, wherever and whenever I am giddy. Early morning, late at night. I love to travel.
ANDREW’S BOTTOM FIVE:
5: Shoes off on a domestic flight….international is okay, unless you start walking around. Gross!
4: People who seem to be unaware of their personal hygiene.
3: People bringing smelly food on the plane…..fajitas, fresh onion sandwich, fish…..come on people!
2: People with no patience…..even if you are trying to make a connection BE NICE!
1: If I have my AirPods in, this does not mean I want to chat or to hear a confession or your entire life story. Sorry peeps, the only time I ever watch a movie is on a plane. Let me have my time, please, instead of talking to a stranger.
And those, my friends, are my TOP FIVE, BOTTOM FIVE: TRAVELING BY PLANE.
I cannot wait to read the comment section today as I imagine many of you have thoughts and opinions on this too 🙂 .
One more time, don’t forget to check out these other TOP FIVE, BOTTOM FIVE blog posts:
I hope you all have a wonderful start to your February, friends! I’ll see you back here tomorrow! xx