In stories with Ioana Budeanu - about airlines and flights
At first glance it seems simple and easy to be travel blogger, but the reality is not so. It is true that you have the joy of traveling a lot, visiting dozens of countries and traveling the world far and wide. But sometimes you get hit by all kinds of unexpected problems - adaptation, financial problems, sometimes it can be extremely tiring and so on. For these reasons, I have a special respect for travel people, especially for those who travel a lot on their own.
Today we continue the series of stories with one sent by Ioana Budeanu - Journalist / Writer / Blogger / Travel Writer. I had the opportunity to talk to Ioana and I can say that she has extensive travel experience. He may not have many countries visited, but he has gathered many memories, with good and bad, from the areas where he stepped.
Today's story is about airplanes and different flight experiences.
I sit upright in my chair and try not to move, not to breathe. The seat belt feels sore on my stomach, but I know it's a good thing, which keeps me connected to reality. The speed on the runway is fabulous, and then the plane goes up and gives me a strange and pleasant state of weightlessness. When the wings are bent over the cities they leave, the calm melts and their presence makes them feel an organic fear, a fear of the unknown. No, I'm not scared to death on the plane. I'm afraid of those last, heavy seconds, when I know something is going to happen. But, over the years, I have learned to trust, to look at the relaxed face of stewardesses and to listen to the pleasant voice of pilots, those people of heaven, of infinity and perfection ...
I will never forget my first flight. It happened very, very shortly before, through 2009, when I received a gift from work on a trip to Amsterdam. I flew with KLM, obviously, and I had conflicting feelings. On the one hand, everything was new and interesting, on the other hand, my head was on my own and I felt left out and crammed into my window seat. But this first trip meant a lot to me - it laid the foundation for my career, so to speak. After the short flight, we arrived in Paradise. Nothing else mattered. I was there, alone on the streets of Amsterdam, happy to heaven. I spent one of the most beautiful days of my life, and if I was tired and cold when I left, I came back healed, rested (although I didn't sleep more than 5 hours in a weekend) and knew that I I am in front of a miracle: I was free!
Of course, it is the generally accepted sentiment: when you try new things, which become possible and ... easy, you feel invincible. And that's how it all started ...
I have never flown with KLM since then, but I hope to do so again. The services are excellent, even if the space in the plane seemed a bit small. In addition, KLM means wings to me all over the world, and Amsterdam with its Schiphol is fascinating.
In the same year, 2009, I emigrated to Tenerife and went a long way. I flew with WizzAir from Bucharest to Madrid, stayed 4 hours at the airport and then took the Vueling to Tenerife North. The first steps on the island gave me a dreamlike image: mountains flowing into the ocean and story cities - a defining experience for me as a human being.
Cu WizzAirI have flown countless times and will continue to do so with great love. I have never had any problems or discontent. In fact, I am not very demanding or junk and I adapt quickly to the conditions, but they are also professional. I flew with Wizz to Madrid, Barcelona (about 3 times), Pisa, Paris, Naples. We had no great delays, if I take into account the January adventure, Paris-Bucharest, when in Romania there was a snowstorm that neither Santa Claus's reins would have crossed. I also understand their luggage rules very well. I was always hit by Romanians who were carrying their cupboard or bags with laptops and cables (I don't joke!) After them ... Payment for larger luggage, cabin, seems to me an important and necessary step. I generally prefer to travel cheaply and with very little luggage. I think the purse is enough for me ...
Vueling is a company I love! For the first time when I boarded her planes, I was delighted: huge space, comfortable leather chairs, nice staff, excellent service. In addition, they have a policy favorable to the Spanish residents, among which I count myself :) I remember an interesting experience: I was on the first flight to Tenerife, from Madrid, and the captain of the aircraft informed us that he is very young and that he is his first flight over ocean. Please, I didn't have much to fly across the Atlantic, but still ... The flight was perfect!
Another pleasant experience was the Tenerife South - Paris flight in January with RyanAir. It was my first longer flight (4 hours and a half) and I was a little excited. But I can say with my hand on my heart that it was the greatest flight of my life: smooth, safe, pleasant and with impeccable staff. Paris, in my birthday present, was a dream!
I flew with Blue Airto Milan, then followed a strong tour through Genoa, Scarperia (Tuscany), Pisa, Barcelona, Tarragona and we returned home with Blue Air from Valencia. I remember I had perfect places, first of all, and I felt ... spoiled.
This year we had an overwhelming journey, both personally and figuratively. I have been told countless times that if I managed to stand on a road for 30 hours, then nothing seems impossible to me. In August, I flew with the people from Qatar Airways to Doha (4 hours), we stayed at the airport for 9 long hours and then embarked on the Kuala Lumpur flight (a flight of 8 hours). It's a very tiring road, as you can imagine.
Qatar Airways are the number 1 airline in the world, and the services are tailor made. If on the first flight I was a bit crowded, on the second, everything was fine: we had blanket, socks, food and drink at discretion (very good!), Even ear plugs offered us :) ) Too bad I can't relax and I spent hours watching the interactive map, especially as I crossed the monsoon in India.
The hours spent at the airport in Doha, both on and off, were endless. Fortunate that they have free internet, although I am still wondering why some travelers are crammed into specially arranged places with WI-FI. The coffee cost me 5 euros, but you have to face up to the next flight :).
While traveling through Asia, I flew three times with AirAsia, the low cost company number 1 in the world. I was personally impressed only by the low prices - the comfort and kindness not being found in the package.
Weird / funny happenings so far? Not much: I took a strike from the airlines in Tenerife and stayed the whole night at the airport, but there were so many Romanians that you didn't get bored; I saw a pack of purées on the Barcelona plane, carrying laptops and clothes in garbage bags; an Englishman was trying to convince me of the beauty of Chiang Mai on the AirAsia flight to ... Chiang Mai (a waste of time :)); and at the airport in Bangkok they checked us like horse thieves, we went through the check-in 5 times, listened and smiled hard on the face, and many more ... comments, crowds, young children, weird people and fairy tales .
I love looking for promotional tickets and finding the best options! I am only interested in flying cheaply, safely, and having room to breathe. The food, the number of kilograms of luggage, the conditions, the staff, the passengers - these are very unimportant details.
Now, after getting used to the long flights and hellish hours on the road, I would like to try New York with those from KLM, Nairobi with Emirates, but also Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Let's see what the new year will bring ...
And finally, I leave you with my favorite quote: “Trust me, it's paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For me it's a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it. ” - Richard, The Beach