So many people seem to hate flying, especially on long flights. I've seen a lot of articles lately on how to "survive" a long plane ride. And... I feel you. I can see why people would think that way.
But I'm over here, like "10 hour flight?? Oh heck yes! Two hour layover?? Don't mind if I do!"
Now granted, usually I'm screaming these things when I travel without the kids, because well... 10 hour flights and layover upon layover with children involved is a game changer indeed. I've had some hellish experiences, but that's for another post!
But when traveling by myself or with my husband... I like flying. I enjoy it. It's part of the experience. Yes, even if there are delays! Come on, I know I can't be the only one.
So, without further ado:
Why I Love Long Flights
- I like to think of it as "the calm before the storm." If you're expecting a busy vacation (which I usually am... My motto is "I can rest when I get home!"), I like to use the plane ride as a place to relax and de-stress. I mean, what else can you do? You're confined to a seat for the next however many hours, and *usually* planes are a quiet place. Except for the random baby crying or if you get seated next to an incessant talker.
- I even like layovers, especially if it's in a new airport or city that I've never been to. Another to check off the list. Each airport, while much the same, can also be uniquely different. Maybe they have a local food to try, cheesy souvenirs to look at, interesting hidden little places. Did you know that some airports have yoga rooms?? And most airports have chapels (which, if you're stuck there overnight or for a long long layover and need some peace and quiet, is an excellent place to hide out). Plus, just people watching at an airport is wonderful. I love watching everyone go by- wondering where they're off to or if this is home for them. I like the busy energy of airports, the overhead announcements, walking by each gate and seeing where that particular plane is going.
I'm just in love with the excitement of it all. With every plane you step into, you know that new possibilities and experiences await on the other side of that door. Once you step outside again, you are in a whole new world :)
I know I'm not the only one....what are some of the reasons you enjoy flying??
This article originally appeared on Live Simple, Travel Well.
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