I had to go on a short trip this week for work. Now here’s the thing. I like traveling. I like going new places and seeing new things. What I don’t like, however, is not being in control of my traveling. And for this trip, I was not in control. In short, I was not a happy traveler!
There were 8 of us traveling from Manchester NH to Syracuse NY. Here is how the journey went. We took a bus from New Hampshire down to Boston to fly out of Logan Airport. Never mind that there is a perfectly lovely airport in Manchester, flights out of Boston were cheaper. On the bus ride down to Boston, I got a message from a friend that lives in Syracuse telling me that they were expecting 10+ inches of snow on Friday. Hmmm….we were planning on leaving Friday night. I share the info with my fellow travelers, but they were unconcerned because the airline hasn’t issued any alerts.
The plan was, when we got to Syracuse, we were to meet a representative from the company we are partnering with, get two rental vehicles and be on our way to our Air BNB, with one of our group going to the hotel with the representative. Why? Well apparently the Air BNB owner has a dog and cats who are frequently in residence. Well the representative let us know at the last second that she wouldn’t be attending, so there we are 8 people with a 7 passenger minivan and we are incredibly hungry. So we cram 8 of us into the minivan, with one person sitting on the floor and off we go for food.
After our meal, we dropped the one group member at the hotel and went to the Air BNB from HELL! It claimed to have 4 bedrooms, what it had were 3 bedrooms, and a family room. The three teenaged girls laid claim to the family room, and that left 3 bedrooms for 4 people, none of whom wished to share. That is when yours truly ended up on a camp bed in the freaking living room. Add to that, there is one full bath, and one half bath about the size of the average changing room in a department store. Sleep that night was non-existent as the teenagers made use of the pool table in the family room. The pool table that was directly underneath my lovely camp bed in the lovely living room.
The next morning, I was up at the ass crack of dawn (remember, this is my vacation) and I go out to the kitchen to make myself an english muffin (the ketogenic diet has been relinquished for this trip) only to find the toaster is surrounded by a puddle of water. Rather than get electrocuted, I wiped it up, made my muffin and ate my breakfast. After everyone joined me, we hashed out our new travel plans as it was decided right before bed we’d get the hell out of Dodge, or Syracuse that night to avoid the storm.
Unfortunately we couldn’t all fit on the same flight, so six people were flying out at 6:00 to Chicago, changing there and then back to Boston. Myself and another woman were flying out at 8:30 direct to Boston. With our original travel, we would be getting in too late to get a bus back, so we booked a flight line van. With our new travel arrangements, there was a very good chance that the two of us would get back in time to catch the bus back to New Hampshire.
We went about our day and did as much as we could, learned some very interesting and informative things. We ware also fortunate enough to visit an internship site at an Italian bakery and brought back a ton of goodies to share with our host school (and ourselves) We said goodbye to the wonderful people at the school we were visiting and headed out. Again, please remember there are 8 of us crammed into a 7 passenger van. We stopped for food, and made our way back to the airport.
The first group of our intrepid band got on their flight and we prepared to wait, and then it happened. Our flight was delayed. All thoughts of bus trips back home began to fade from my mind. Our flight was called only 20 minutes late, and we made incredible time back to Boston. Bus trip thoughts began to creep back into my mind when I realized that we were no longer descending, we were once again climbing, and we circled the airport for a while. Again the bus trip thoughts were erased from my mind and we disembarked and made our way across the pavement, up a flight of stairs and into the airport. Yes, we were traveling on an itty bitty baby plane that was too small to pull up to the jetway.
After another hour wait, the rest of our intrepid band disembarked from their flight, retrieved their luggage and we made our way to the flight line van which was parked oh so far away 🙁 All told, I was home and in my bed by 1:30 Friday morning, and we beat the incoming storm, but what a miserable experience.
Were it up to me, we would have flown out of Manchester, or better still, we could have rented a big enough vehicle and driven. There were five adults on this trip, all of whom were licensed drivers. We most definitely would not have stayed at the Air BNB from hell. I am a hotel girl all the way. I have to go on another one of these trips in April (again on my vacation). I’m hoping the experience will be a little bit more enjoyable, or once again it will be a case of color me not a happy traveler.