Thursday, January 21, 2010

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

34 comments:

OiseauBird said...

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...

OiseauBird said...

I forgot to give my name, sorry

oiseaubird is Catherine from France

Have a good day

OiseauBird said...

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

Bruno da Matta said...

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)

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Neobepmat said...

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!

Thu Trang said...

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 !:)

jiamin said...

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

holy land tours said...

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. :)

Anonymous said...

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.

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ll said...

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.

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NhoK Huynh said...

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...

CONTREDIL said...

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Galina said...

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.

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

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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

Anonymous said...

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.

kuti kuti said...

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

Jaroslav said...

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

Anonymous said...

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)

Karina said...

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

Edita said...

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

Edita said...

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

Edita said...

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

Valentin Stankevic said...

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.

lina labzentiene said...

Hello,

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

Gabriele Sinkunaite said...

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.

Aprajita Guha said...

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...

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

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