Monday, April 17, 2017

Plane Travel: Best or Worst Experiences

Traveling by plane can be a very convenient way to get around the world if everything goes just right for you; however, as we all know, what we actually plan and how things turn out in life are two different issues.

On a positive note, I remember returning back to the United States after spending a couple of weeks in Saudi Arabia providing teacher training to language instructors there. It was a wonderful experience, and after the training, I was looking forward to being back home. Before I boarded the plane, I was pleasantly surprised to find out I had enough extra flying miles to upgrade me to first class, something I wasn't expecting, but I didn't pass up the chance to ride up front for the first . . . and probably last . . . time in my life.

On the other hand, I have had my share of unpleasant experiences in flying, and on one occasion abroad, my flight was delayed for over six hours in an international airport that resulted in my missing my connecting flight once I returned to the United States, causing me to have to stay in a hotel once extra night. Spending time in an airport in another country where you don't speak the language and you don't understand the flight announcements can be mentally and emotionally challenging. I just tried to smile and count my blessings that I had a family back home that was waiting for me.

Now, these experiences are not very extreme in nature, but it is likely that you have had both your share of good and bad travel moments. Please share them with us.

Best,

Randall

38 comments:

  1. After spending a couple of weeks in Florida and by the time I should return to work in France, I had a bad experiece : my first flight to New-York was cancel in order of frozen ground in N.York and then, I missed the flight to my final destination.
    I worried for be late at work, but I could not nothing for help...

    ReplyDelete
  2. I forgot to give my name, sorry

    oiseaubird is Catherine from France

    Have a good day

    ReplyDelete
  3. I am oiseaubird and I forgot to tell my name, sorry
    catherine from France

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hello everyone,

    I also had the experience of having a flight back home canceled because of bad weather. I was flying from Dallas, US to São Paulo, Brazil. It resulted in my missing my connecting flight from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. Back in Brazil I had to pay somewhat of a penalty late fee, which was a bit expensive. I wasn't really expecting that. :-(

    Bruno (BRA)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I think fly when the inclement weather like you say,probably passenger expect announcement about cancelation or diferent changes.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have not taken any flight yet, but I will do in near future. And I really don't want to face any problems with my flight. Thanks for sharing the useful experience and sympathise with you about the problems that you have met.

    Trang Nguyen from Vietnam

    ReplyDelete
  7. During my last trip in Menorca (one moth ago), the return flight was delayed, maybe for technical reasons..?
    No information or details were given us!
    We had been waiting our flight for 2 hours at the Menorca Airport before we were boarded.
    Anyway, despite the late boarding the Spanair flight was a good one.
    And the Menorca island was a beautiful heaven to travel trough!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I am going to take a long journey to UK from Viet Nam for my studying. That will be a nightmare if I miss my connecting flight.Let's keep my fingers crossed and try to think about any bad situation I may have to deal with !Thanks for any other comment .That is valuable experience for me too !:)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I travel with flight from Malaysia to Australia for studies. I have been sitting flight for 7 times (7 one way). Fortunately, I haven't face any trouble for the flight. But I find that the big differences between cheap flight and expensive flight are
    1) the queuing time needed to check in
    (there is always a long line for cheap flight)
    2) the services we got in the flight.
    haha

    ReplyDelete
  10. I had taken so many flights, you are bound to get some bad ones. The most annoying one would be the shortest one, too. Las Vegas back home to San Fransisco. Too lazy to take the bus back, I bought a plane ticket. The weather was bad and I waited 9 hours in the airport, with all the noise of the slot-machines for a 20 min. flight... :) But, consider the good ones - like when you are upgraded for free, when there's a great movie on board, the food is actually good, the person sitting next to you is sleeping or you have a great talk. :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi, I had to wait 6 hours in a local airport due that my flight has not any crew or pilot to fly the airplane, can you believe it?

    Best, Alberto.

    ReplyDelete
  12. You have become like a guiding light to me. When I started a project
    on similar topic I could not get enough information to carry further.
    But as soon as I read your article, my project is doing great and
    I hope to get an A+ this time. thanks

    ReplyDelete
  13. You have become like a guiding light to me. When I started a project
    on similar topic I could not get enough information to carry further.
    But as soon as I read your article, my project is doing great and
    I hope to get an A+ this time. thanks

    ReplyDelete
  14. A frustrated experience for my son: when he bound for State College with connection in Toronto and Detroit, his first flight to Toront delayed due to a heartattack patient in that plane. The plane had to flight back to Clagary for rescuing the patient in a big hospital. Then the plan re-flew to Toronto. As the result, my son cannot catch up the next plane flying to Detroit. He had to stay in Toront overnight. When he landed the Detroit, he also cannot catch up the plane flying to State College of course. When he arrived at the college, he missed one day class. But he got a lot of experence in the airport.

    ReplyDelete
  15. the information of this post is very relevant
    for what i am looking for, thank you so much for sharing this one

    ReplyDelete
  16. I'm a student from Vietnam. This is the first time I read this web. I hope learning English in Internet help me improve 4 skills of English. The first topic I listen is about the airport. So excited when I do the quiz. Atually I have never traveled by plane. So I have no experience about airport. But I believe I will go to work or study in another country by plane... Have a good day...

    ReplyDelete
  17. I am very happy with your blog because is the opportunity for better my English. I´ve got problems to listen and understand Australian people. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Fortunately I didn't have such problems with canceling or delaying flights, but I can say that every time I travel by plane I am very afraid of this.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I remember returning back to the United States after spending a couple of weeks in Saudi Arabia providing teacher training to language instructors there.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I have had my share of unpleasant experiences in flying, and on one occasion abroad, my flight was delayed for over six hours in an international airport

    ReplyDelete
  21. On next week I'll take my first abroad flight, so i didn't have a bad experience with planes, and I really hope to be happy in my first experience.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I like planes. My eanglish teacher is very smart and beautiful. She is the best teacher ever!

    ReplyDelete
  23. perfect intonation and pronunciation,you speak like a real ticket agent, much better than in our Lithuania airports ticket agents!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I have not taken any flight yet, but I surely will have some in the future. I think the flight could be delayed or cancelled because of bad weather, technical problems or political issues. I hope i won‘t have such a bad experience, but if I do, I would be grateful if airline offered me a free flight to another destination for future travel because in that way I could have another unforgettable adventure. :)
    Evelina Kazakeviciute (Lithuania)

    ReplyDelete
  25. I have never traveled by plane, but I will not do it in the future, because I am very afraid of heights.

    Karina from Lithuania

    ReplyDelete
  26. I have never traveled by plane, though I think that I will someday, because I will need it for my bussiness travels.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I have never traveled by plane, but I think that I will though, I jjust need to overcome my fear of heights.

    ReplyDelete
  28. I have never traveled by plane, but I think that I will though, I jjust need to overcome my fear of heights.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Unfortunatelly, I don't have no plane travel experiece, but as soon as I will, I promise I'll share it with everybody out here.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Hello,

    It is the best mean of transport! It saves our time.
    Lina Lithuania

    ReplyDelete
  31. Hello, my name is Gabriele. I’m 17 years old student from Lithuania. I would like to tell you and share with you my worst travelling experience, which I had few years ago. I had a flight from Lithuania, from Vilnius airport to one of the London’s airports. It was winter, month of December, about a week before Christmas. Beginning of the flight was normal, everything at start seemed okay, but when our plane was near the London, the cabin crew warned the passengers that because of heavy snowstorm outside, the airport employees are failing to clean the runways from the slippery snow and because of that it is better to land in another airport. So after about a hour just flying in the air and doing the circles in the sky while deciding what to do, we landed in another airport which is quite far from London city. When we landed the bus was ready for us and we had to go by it for about three hours when we reached our final destination. The worst for me was that I was feeling sick, so after the journey it took some days when I felt better.

    ReplyDelete
  32. I am from india I also had a bad experience when I am returning from my native place(Guwahati ) to my work place (Chennai) because of bad weather the flight was delayed 6 hours from its current time...I have to wait in the airport but I also had a good experience like we had a awesome food in the airport then we first time purchased few goods items from the airport...

    ReplyDelete
  33. I like this activity. I had a bad experience ones I when to Philippines, I arrived late to the airport and I should wait about 6 hours till another flight rout could take me home. The good part of the story is that I meet very good people on the waiting, and I had the opportunity to know Hawaii. I learn that I should be on time always.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I like this activity. I had a bad experience ones I when to Philippines, I arrived late to the airport and I should wait about 6 hours till another flight rout could take me home. The good part of the story is that I meet very good people on the waiting, and I had the opportunity to know Hawaii. I learn that I should be on time always.

    ReplyDelete
  35. HI, IM ANDRES AND I HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE WITH A FLIGHT FROM COLOMBIA TO SOUTH CAROLINE, WHEN I ARRIVED TO MYRTLE BEACH THE AIRLINE FORGOT MY LUGGAGE IN MIAMI, I LAST 3 DAYS WITH THE SAME CLOTHES HHAHAHA
    I HAVE A GOOD MEMORY FOR THIS.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Hi,This is Mike.

    I want to shared my bad fight experience which happened in 2015. It was delayed and I was arranged to sleep in a hotel with a passenger for 4 hours. We were informed that we could go back to airport terminal and board our plane. This made me exhausted because I had to arrived at my destination in the only morning instead of in the evening. So I had so little time to rest.

    thanks for your watching
    BR

    Mike

    ReplyDelete
  37. Hi,

    The local airport is a little one so I just want to say that i have never had bad experiences with the flights i've took in the past. Everything has been the way it has to be. I think it is easy for me to travel by plane since i only take a couple of carry-on bags with me that i can put in the overhead compartment.

    For that same reason i do not have to spend my time in lines. When you only have carry-on bags is possible to make the check in via internet giving you more time to arrive at the airport. Since you checked in via internet you can walk directly to the departure gate where your boarding pass would be asked.

    Regards.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Airport announcements-my idea is that there are key words to listen out for to summarise the announcement. Airports can be very noisey and distracting. The weather has caused a delay, there will be a different gate to go to for departure and a free trip if you are willing to wait. It was interesting that after hearing the announcement several times, the message became much clearer! Much like learning.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for posting a comment. I appreciate your interesting in sharing your ideas.

Best,

Randall