For those of you who don’t already know, I took a quick vacation in Florida last week. The plan was to be back on a Monday and post my weekly article on the Tuesday. Well, in case you didn’t notice, I did not post an article at all last week.
Yes, I confess. I don’t have a stockpile of articles waiting to post. I’ve written about this before and even though it seems a bit out of character for someone who is normally quite organized, I simply don’t write ahead. So, please bear with me while I share what happened on our well planned trip home from the sunny state of Florida. – And then feel free to share your own travel horror stories in the comment section if you’d like. 🙂
Last Day of Vacation –Scheduled for 6:50 pm Lift-Off
Arrived at the airport at 4:15 pm approximately 2 ½ hours before the flight (thanks to a husband who believes in being “early’). Everything was on schedule to go – until the skies opened to unleash severe thunderstorms. (These storms were nasty.) And then the announcements started.
Flights were being diverted and canceled. Planes couldn’t land due to lightning. Planes that did land could not be refueled, due to lightning. Planes that were diverted to Miami could not be refueled because the week before, there had been a fire that had destroyed several of their fuel tanks.
Having a Plan B – When the Unexpected Happens
Well, on and on this went until it became official (at 10:55 pm) that the 9:30 flight that we were on standby for had only one standby seat available. Since my husband and I had already agreed that we were staying together no matter what, we passed. (As we walked away, another couple was flipping a coin for the seat. I wonder how that marriage is going.)
Luckily, thanks to Wi-Fi access, a laptop and plenty of time, we were able to locate a nearby hotel. We logged on, booked and were hailing a taxi in no time. Moral of the story is don’t arrive 2 ½ hours early for a domestic flight or expect the unexpected (oh wait – isn’t that the theme for a reality show).
I interpret the experience as the universe telling us that we needed to relax more and enjoyed our bonus day. I counted myself blessed that everything worked out, I only had a bad sprain and no broken bones (oh, I forgot to mention tripping over luggage and falling at one point) and we were able to afford and find a place to stay in the once again sunny state of Florida.
It did serve as a reminder that I really should have a plan B for my blog too. Sure, I have backups and documentation and processes in place but I really should be better prepared for the unexpected. Have you had a similar traveling experience? How did you cope? Do you arrive at the airport 2 ½ hours early for a domestic flight?