Traveling solo, traveling in style

I stepped into the plane for my flight to Panama City. From there, I would take another flight to Santiago, my final destination.

I sat in my window seat and gazed at all the fellow travelers boarding this massive aircraft. As I peered outside the window, I saw the wing and out of the corner of my eye, there were the words “Rolls Royce” imprinted on the wing. I thought to myself, I must be traveling in style!

Thirty minutes passed and the flight attendant announced, “We will be closing the main cabin doors in 5 minutes.”

My heart skipped a bit. Could it be true? Will I have the whole aisle to myself. I sometimes dream of these days as I board airplanes. Wouldn´t it be grand to actually sleep comfortably?

My smile was like a sliced watermelon. My eyes twinkled in the dim lighting. I was truly happy. I thought to myself, I must be traveling in style!

Then, suddenly, out of nowhere, a lady stormed into the airplane. She had about twenty bags and saw my empty row. She dropped her bags onto the seats and buckled up. I smiled half-heartily.

Sad puppy. Sad puppy.

But throughout the flight, I started chatting with my fellow traveler and found her somewhat amusing. She would laugh at my jokes. How can you not like anyone who finds you humorous?

One of my favorite parts of traveling solo is chatting with random travelers. It just makes the world seem so much smaller. We talked about where we lived and where we have traveled. I even found out she was learning Mandarin (a dialect of Chinese) and then, suddenly felt uneasy. I know that many non-Asians learn Chinese, but I thought to myself, she might ask to practice. Gasp. Luckily, we moved onto another subject as I felt my own Chinese was a bit weak.

The plane landed smoothly. I smiled again and was ready for the next leg of the trip. We said our good-byes and went our separate ways. Onwards to my final destination.

Meeting people on the airplane can be very rewarding. So the next time you fly solo, chat with the person next to you. You never know what you can learn about your neighbor or even yourself.

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About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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4 Responses to Traveling solo, traveling in style

  1. Shu says:

    Haha! I am glad you had a good flight. I still remember the time when someone switched with me so they can sit together. I got the first class seat and it was wonderful. I had all sorts of food and a nice towel. Woweee. As for going to Europe, it was cute, a small little Denmark girl and boy sat next to me. Her mother had placed her youngest child right next to me. What do I look like, a babysitter, hehehe=) Then when I was coming back to Paris, I had the whole row to myself, but this screaming toddler sat on the same row and she was super noisy. I should have known, she was making all sorts of noses before we even got on the plane.

    • Jan says:

      Funny story. And great to hear you had a chance to ride first class. Unfortunately, this time around, it was economy all the way.

  2. Edith says:

    Flying economy’s not so bad when you’re short. =) And you’re right, chatting with the person next to you can be a lot of fun and a way to meet people that you might normally never get a chance to meet.

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