Healthy and General

Traveling is always an adventure

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I don’t travel often. And the initial COVID-19 outbreak made it scary to even consider getting on a plane with a bunch of strangers. However, a couple of months ago I was invited to attend a family reunion with descendants of my grandfather’s sister. They are pretty much strangers to me, but I wanted to get to know them as well as have them get to know me. So I put aside my fear of traveling when they said they were holding a reunion in Orlando, Florida.

I was unsuccessful in reaching out to a couple of travel agents. I hadn’t booked a flight on my own in over seven years, but once I made up my mind that it wasn’t really that difficult, it turned out to be quite easy. The internet has a bunch of travel websites where they will help you with the search for the cheapest flight, the car rental and the appropriate kind of hotel room.

Let’s start with the flight. No longer do these airlines give you free baggage check (carry on can still be free but there are those who charge for that as well). And if you make the mistake like I did and book a ticket on Spirit Airlines, you have to pay for both the seat and the luggage. When all is said and done, after they nickel-and-dimed me for every possible reason, I’m surprised that neither airline wasn’t charging me for breathing air!