The pre-trip me

I wake early (as usual) and try unsuccessfully to go back to sleep.  Later today, our older daughter and I leave for Costa Rica…in the way of flights these days going first east to Ft. Lauderdale, then west to Costa Rica.  Usually I’m excited for a trip, especially to somewhere I haven’t been, but this trip seems to hang over me like a small, dark cloud.

It’s probably just feeling uncomfortable with all the unknowns and traveling on Spirit Airlines isn’t doing anything to start the trip out right, although I admit I haven’t ever traveled with them before.  This is a “discount” airline that charges for everything, even water while on the flight. I haven’t read that they charge to use the bathroom, but I know at least one airline in Europe, Ryanair, wanted to try this.  Flying Southwest has spoiled me and I’m trying to be open-minded.  But charging for a carry-on bag, $30 before arrival at the check-in counter, $40 at the counter?  Really?  How many people can go anywhere without at least some sort of carry-on bag?  And the charge for a checked bag is equally high.  How about a charge of $1-$50 for customer-requested seat assignments and charges of $2-5 either to print your boarding pass  at the kiosk or have an agent print it?   Here’s a novel idea.  Why not just charge a fair price for travel and don’t act like this nickel-and-diming is something designed for “allowing customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value?”  If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d guess this, along with the one-quart-sized-baggie rule, was a plot concocted by people who sell toiletries, clothing, food, drink and anything else you can think of that people need to live or travel.

A picture pops into my mind of everyone with only carry-on luggage and the plane with an empty cargo bay, flipping over once in the air and flying upside-down due to all the weight being in the overhead bins with our luggage.

Hopefully our plane will be just a bit larger…

Jostling around in my head are all the things that will undoubtedly be fine once we get there:  will I have the right clothes/shoes; how will we’ll get around and, if we drive, how bad are the roads and is driving there as bad as what I’ve read I’ve read; why didn’t I study Spanish rather than German all those years ago….and so on.  I know that once we arrive, things will be fine.  We’ll be staying with friends of our daughter in San Jose and from everything I’ve read and heard, Costa Rica is beautiful.  I’m looking forward to seeing a new place.  This trip is a wonderful Christmas gift from my daughter to me and we’ll enjoy the time together as well as the amazing scenery, people and food.  But right now, I feel like Pig-Pen in the Charlie Brown comics, with the dirt of all my worries swirling around me, waiting for the wind of common sense to blow them far away.  Hopefully that will come once we’re in our seats on the airplane (if we’re lucky, seats that are together), enjoying only those extras that we value—relaxation and family time—with a lot of this at the other end:

This should help blow away the dirt!

  1. bigdogzola says:

    Hi – Thanks for visiting Zola’s blog! Wow – it’s not just Megan we may have influenced to start a blog – heehee..good for you. Anyway, I am sending Megan photos of her with the beautiful puppies privately since she would pop if we just stuck her photo on our blog without asking or her approval – eek!
    Have super fun in Costa Rica – how exciting..what a fabulous adventure – looks wonderful. Ciao xxx

    • Three of the four of us have blogs. 🙂 I really like it. Can’t wait to see the pictures of Megan and the puppies and I want to get over to check out your blog more often. You do a great job with it.

      Check back to find out about the Costa Rica trip. Should be lots of fun!!

  2. bigdogzola says:

    Fab Blog by the way :)))

    • Thanks! I’ve heard so many good things about you guys and Zola from Megan that I hope we can meet some day soon. I know she loved staying with you in Monaco. Say hi to Paul and give Zola a big hug from me. I look forward to meeting her as well.

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