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Could this be my first plane trip in three years? (202.8) - Mark's Journal
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Could this be my first plane trip in three years? (202.8)
Tomorrow, I'm driving up to Toronto for a Cornell Sesquicentennial event, and coming back Friday after having lunch with dblaser_ca and Deb. My father actually seemed surprised when he first heard about the trip that I wasn't flying, since they've flown when they've visited Canada. I think.

I can't imagine how I'd fly to Toronto. There might be a short-hop flight from Syracuse or Rochester, but it's a really short hop. It's only a slightly longer drive than when I visit my parents in Dobbs Ferry, though, a little over four hours instead of a little under.

But I am flying when I go to Italy. Flying out of Ithaca, in fact, which is also surprising to some, my father included. No, I am not driving five hours to JFK and paying ludicrous parking rates to fly to Italy. :-) The airfare isn't even more expensive. So there.

I think it's actually going to be my first time flying since 2012, though. I flew twice that year, to California in April for the upgrd.com travel-blogger get-together (and to see helianthas and others), and to Georgia for Dragon*Con over Labor Day weekend. Free ticket on Delta to California thanks to the voucher I got the previous spring letting them bump me from a flight. Don't recall if I got a free ticket on miles or a cheap one to Atlanta. Am I missing any flights since then? I don't think so.
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acappellasinger From: acappellasinger Date: April 8th, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you that Toronto is definitely more of a road trip than an air trip, at least from here. I can't even justify flying to my brother's place in New Hampshire, and that's about a 7.5 hour drive (closer to 9 with stops for meals and gas and such), because getting there from here by air would require so many little hops and/or additional hour plus drives that it would barely be a time savings. The last time I flew was to San Antonio in 2008 for a conference. Before that, it was to conferences in St. Louis and New Orleans (back to back) in 1999. I flew a bit more regularly prior to that, but once I moved here and home stopped being NJ or the Philadelphia area (which made it virtually impossible to get a direct flight anywhere I wanted to go), and since family trips have focused almost exclusively on destinations in the northeast US, I've been able to avoid flying. Happily.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: April 8th, 2015 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

If it makes you feel any better, there are fewer and fewer direct flights even for people near major airports. Yeah, I didn't think it would. :-)

The thing is, I love flying. Yes, I don't love some of the new and inane security procedures, but I've gotten used to them.

I do know people who fly from here to Boston, or DC, taking two hops, and I can't imagine wanting to do it that way unless it were on someone else's dime and I didn't want my car at the other end. It just wouldn't be appreciably quicker. (I guess it made a little more sense back when we had ITH-LGA flights, and you could then hop the shuttle from LGA to BOS or DCA.)

Edited at 2015-04-08 09:53 pm (UTC)
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