My Travel Nightmare

Before I jump into this post I want to send out my deepest condolences to the families that were effected by the horrific shooting that took place on Friday in Sandy Hook, CT.  Since I live in CT, this hit very close to home and has deeply saddened me.  I haven’t been able to wrap my brain around what would drive someone to do this and my heart just breaks for those affected.  Please know you are in my daily thoughts and I wish you all the courage to get through this, now difficult holiday season.  xoxo

Friday evening, I left for South Carolina to visit my Mom for the holidays.  Not only was I upset all day by the news of this shooting, but I was getting anxious about flying.  I had to take 2 flights to get here and the planes are pretty tiny.  Add on top of that, horrible traffic trying to get to the White Plains airport to stress me out even more.  Bad call booking a flight for Friday evening with CT-95 traffic…

Traffic on 95…boooooooo

I really don’t do well in traffic and this was some of the worst.  I had a breakdown on the phone with B while stopped dead in Stamford and seriously contemplated just turning around and going home.  My anxiety was getting the best of me and I wasn’t going to let it win!!  Luckily my flight was delayed 40 minutes and I made it there with just enough time to use the restroom and buy a bottle of water.  Phew…   Boarding was called and we walked out on the runway to get on this tiny plane…yikes!

Tiny Plane

The flight was smooth and uneventful.  We landed in Charlotte and I had just enough time to grab a quick dinner and a much needed drink.  It was already 10:00 pm so I didn’t want to eat too much so I went with southwest salad with grilled chicken and a giant Grey Goose and club.  Not too bad for airport food.

I headed over to my gate and was just about to board the plane when they held us to have maintenance come out to look at something.  Next thing I know, I go from seeing this:

To this:

Sigh.  There was a mechanical issue with the plane, so my flight was canceled.  While I appreciate that they caught the issue before we were airborne, I wasn’t thrilled about spending the night in Charlotte.  US Airways put everyone on the flight up in a hotel for the night…the oh so lovely Microtel Inn.  If the BO coming from the driver of the courtesy van was any indication of what the hotel was going to be like, I knew I was in for a real treat.  It was about 11:30 by the time I got to the hotel and I was exhausted.  Normally I would be completely skeeved by this hotel room (I wouldn’t recommend the Microtel Inn), but I was so tired that I just didn’t care.  I washed my face and knocked out…

Definitely not a Disney hotel…

I was able to get on a flight to Columbia, SC at 9:45 am this morning, which is a little over an hour away from my Mom’s house.  All of the flights to my original destination of Augusta, GA were full until much later in the afternoon.  Luckily, all went smoothly with that flight (another super tiny plane!) and I’m safely in SC.  The flight was only 18 minutes once we got airborne…that’s my type of flight!

So I’m here…a day late, but better late than never.  For someone who isn’t a huge fan of flying, this weekend has been a test of my nerves, but I think I handled it all pretty well.  With each trip I’m getting better…maybe I’ll be able to get back to Ireland one of these day 🙂

Have you ever had a bad travel experience?

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  • I feel your pain! Last Sept. I was taking a US Air Flight from Myrtle Beach to Orlando – one problem after another – it ended up taking me 9 hours – I could have driven there faster! Left Myrtle Beach to get a connection in Charlottte – arrived in Charlotte – circled the airport for 30 min. and then they flew us back to Myrtle Beach! It was a nightmare.

    • Ugh…that sounds horrible!! Seems like there’s a US Air problem here…this trip might be my first and last time flying with them.

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