Today’s Problem – Air Travel
I love going on trips to new places. Meeting new people, trying new food, immersing myself in the local culture. It’s all grand. But I really dislike the “getting” there part. Air travel just isn’t my thing. Never has been; never will be. It’s not even the actual airplane ride. I don’t mind flying. It doesn’t scare me or anything like that. It’s simply everything leading up to that ride that I detest.
It starts with the annoyance of purchasing the actual flight. It always hurts your wallet pretty badly. There’s really no way of getting around that. If you wanna go on that awesome dream vacation of yours, you’re gonna have to pay for air travel to get there. Then once you buy those tickets, you better start figuring out how you’re gonna pack for the trip. After all, you only get one carry-on and a personal item!
Side rant: What does “personal item” even mean?? I mean yeah, I get it, they say it’s a bag or a purse. But why not just call it that? Given, a purse may be viewed as a personal item if it’s very dear to it’s owner. However, a piano could also be very dear to it’s owner. Or a self-portrait. Or even a ship in a bottle. Never seen anyone carry those on as their “personal item”, but it could happen. Just saying, it’s kind of a vague term.
So packing and preparing for air travel is a pain. Then there’s also the actual day of departure. With it comes much stress. You have to first worry about getting to the airport. If your flight leaves early in the morning, you have to stress about getting up on time. If it takes off later in the day, you can look forward to stressing all day over having to get there. Once you’re finally at the airport, you have to tackle that pesky security line. Totally necessary, but an annoyance nonetheless. Lines are normally frustrating in general.
After you manage to breakthrough the security line barrier, you’re promptly greeted with the monotony that is an airport terminal. And without fail, that terminal consists of multiple magazine racks, a couple fast food restaurants, and one TGI Fridays (also, if you are in Pittsburgh, you’ll find a statue of Franco Harris next to a George Washington statue). Ok, I may be exaggerating a little as to how dull it is, but it’s just not the most entertaining place to wait around for a couple of hours. Waiting at your gate can be pretty boring. If only a cheeseburger and Popular Mechanics were some magical combination that resulted in time travel.
Solving The Problem
And now for some suggestions as to how you can make air travel less of a personal pain.
- Develop a distraction: Come up with some way to distract yourself from the less than stellar air traveling experience. After all, you’ll have to endure it if you want to reach your destination. I find that reading a good book helps me to quickly pass the time spent in the airport and on the plane. My books of choice usually involve Star Wars in some way. Of course, you could always take a more eccentric approach to distracting yourself. Perhaps some impromptu slam poetry at the gate? Or some interpretive dance? Yeah go for the interpretive dance.
- Purchase tickets far in advance: If you buy your plane tickets way ahead of time, it may just give you an upper hand on air travel. It’ll give you a lot more time to prepare for the trip, and that should hopefully result in less stress for yourself. You can get all of the preparation out of the way, and then kick back and relax for the day of departure.
- Just don’t fly: Hey sometimes you just can’t past certain problems. When that happens, you’ve got to get really creative. And that’s what it’s gonna take if you want to avoid air travel. Especially if your destination is overseas. You’ll definitely have to get intermodal on that one. I’d go with bicycle to hang glider to hovercraft if I were you. Or you can always get started on inventing teleportation.
How do you deal with getting through air travel? Please tell us below!