With the cost of living and the high gas prices has contributed to many only traveling close to home. I happen to be one of the fortunate ones because my father works for a well-known airline. Our family gets to travel for very little, but our travels can take days.
To most people they would love to be in our shoes and travel ‘stand-by.’ It has it pros and cons and we have learned to make lemonade when all we have is lemons! Since 9/11 traveling is nerve racking with all of the new laws. We are mindful and careful of what we wear when traveling and especially when we are going out of the country which we do often because my father is from Barbados. We make sure our shoes have rubber soles and no buckles and we are cautious about what kind of belts we wear so we don’t have to strip down too far and possibly miss a flight connection.
On many occasions we have been ‘bumped’ off of a flight or we’ve had to split up and arrive at different times. We’ve learned to scour the airports and make the best of the time in that area and find cheap souvenirs to remind us of out time in that area. One time there were so many storms that we couldn’t get a flight back east until the next day so we got on the first moving plane which happened to be going to Oregon.
We rode first class, watched T.V. and ate snacks while my mother got some shut eye. Our other option that night was to get a cot and sleep in O’Hares airport with thousands of other people.
We enjoyed riding across the country while riding out the storms. Our last trip was smooth sailing. We went home to Barbados and we made all our connecting flights without any problems.
When my brother and I tell oour friends were we have been they find it hard to believe that we have been so many places and yet there are so many places that we have yet to see. We try and visit a new place every summer because my mother is a teacher and she is off from school with us, which is another major benefit when it comes to traveling. I usually make sure I bring my friends a small token from our vists.
My mother always sends her students postcards from every place that she visits because her students don’t get the benefit of traveling, but she makes sure they get something from her travels. Though traveling now days is difficult, we still enjoy the gift of travel.
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