… If you are willing to pay the big bucks for first-class leg room, fully reclining seats, decent meals, premium entertainment and room to move. Today, I am on a weary nine-hour bus ride from Pennsylvania after garden-hopping all week.
Boy, this month was a real downer for travelers. First the airlines entertained changing seating patterns to save space (picture sitting backwards if in the middle seat) and boy would it be a nightmare.
Then I read where the airlines were going to decrease the size of carry-on bags, again to economize on space. That was hit by massive objection in the US. Imagine the cost of having to replace your luggage.
Then the absolute worst suggestion made by airlines, already in consideration by a few… weighing travelers along with their luggage and paying by the pound. A few airlines are considering this and a couple already adopted it. I have a bit of bias on this one though having been seated beside a traveler far too large for their seat on multiple occasions.
While being weighed would be rather embarrassing, I do see the value for the safety of the plane. Like excessive security at the airport, I just feel a bit safer, but this means some overweight people could be expelled from flights if limits are exceeded. I am glad not to be in that category of passenger. Me and my carry-on rarely equal the weight of people seated next to me.
My next flight is headed to Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. Last year being in Eastern Europe and having a very long, delirious flight home, I swore I was not going back unless in business class. I am traveling on United/Austrian Air with no miles to spend on better seating, so I may be walking the aisles. I have a claustrophobic problem in tight quarters in conjunction with circulation problems!
So for packing for Germany in November…
I am stumped somewhat not using my usual carry-on bag. I will be taking my larger check-in suitcase and hoping to get 18 days worth of sweaters in the bag. Mix and match? Well most of my clothing will be dull black and grey with layers.
I also want to take two cameras this trip, and hopefully get some interesting light. Last year I suffered camera damage and struggled with exposure. The key – don’t bring so much stuff to compete for seat comfort or endanger equipment. That will be a tall order taking two cameras, an iPad, iPhone, toiletries and a change of clothes if the checked bag gets lost. I can pack a bag efficiently, but when traveling for 18 days in cold weather, it is a challenge.
In late January this year, I went to Seattle and Maui and packed for three climates in two carry-on bags. I just wore the 2 heavy sweaters with a turtleneck, and jeans tucked into boots. I used one sweater as a head rest on the plane. Might be doing that once again.