Come Fly With Me

airport loungeEarly in my business career, I used to travel for business quite often. I simply loved to fly, and travel was a different experience back in the 1980s.

Due to my time on the road, I had lots of upgrades and tons of frequent flyer miles. I also had memberships in an airline travel club, allowing me to access their lounges where snacks and beverages were served and there was free use of computers and faxes. Alas, no laptops, iPads or cell phones back then.

People could come to the gate to meet you and see you off (remember that?), and no one had to take their belts and shoes off or have their body scanned. Travelers could check two bags for free. In fact, there were many amenities offered at no charge. Complimentary meals, for instance, were served on flights over a few hours, and there was no fee for movies, newspapers, magazines, blankets or pillows (even in coach). airport gate signNowadays, first class doesnít even offer all of these perks.

Yes, those were the good ole days. Travel today is a hassle, with long lines, security procedures, high prices, delays and cranky airline staff.

Even so, I still get excited when I walk into an airport terminal.

In spite of all the hassles, I continue to love air travel. Why? Iíve changed my expectations. I focus on the adventure and expect little in return. Like a camping trip, I tote my own blanket, magazineís, books, snacks, water, hand wipes. I donít complain about buying my petite bottle of wine. I people-watch constantly and spend time daydreaming out the window.

Flying is an excursion that is necessary to get one to a destination. Itís a pretty amazing feat to board a plane and in half a day or less travel around the world to experience another culture, another way of life. Iím willing to put up with the hassles and focus on the marvel of it all.


Nancy Wurtzel writes about making big changes at midlife in her blog Dating Dementia. Read about Nancy’s often humorous and sometimes twisted journey as a baby boomer, single woman, empty nester, feminist and caregiver.

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