Day 24: Flights

With budget airlines charging so much for luggage, Dave and I opted to pack light and save all of our shopping for the way home (international flights get better luggage allowances).

Ryan Air: too cheap in include a pocket for you to keep your stuff in during flights…

To make that happen, I scheduled a “bonus day” in Madrid after Poland, which worked out really well because we LOVED Madrid! It also meant we got to divide our flights home to make our travel days easier.

I did use our travel time well… Making posters for a couple of puppies that need homes

On this trip, we had the following flights:

– Shanghai to Paris (12 hours)

– Paris to Madrid (2 hours)

– Madrid to Barcelona (1 hour)

– Barcelona to Warsaw (3 hours)

– Warsaw to Lisbon (4 hours)

– Lisbon to Madrid (1 hour)

– Madrid to Paris (2 hours)

– Paris to Shanghai (12 hours)

That’s 37 hours of flying. When you add in layovers, we easily spent 2 full days of our holiday in airports. I Actually much prefer taking the train when possible, but flights save so much time that it’s often a no-brainer.

Our airport Facebook posts are My least favorite selfies lol. Dave always makes me, but I always look tired and cranky. This one was at least for a short flight so it wasn’t too bad

Still, flight days are useful… I often spend the time catching up with my journal, or writing up post cards. I also read. This year I reread The Diary of a Young Girl, while we were on our way to Poland. I feel like it was a good way to set the mood for some of the things we saw there.

Sometimes our post cards arrive in Canada before we make it back to China!

All of this is to say that flights and travel days are a necessary part of traveling the world.

I am grateful that we missed the bulk of the Chinese New Year Travellers! I’ve been in stations and airports this busy…. It is not a fun time!

My last post will be up soon!

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