Why I Love Airports and Air Travel

Wow. There certainly is a lot going on in the news today (thinking of you, Boston and Texas), but I’ve decided to take a step back from all of that and discuss airports. Sure, going to the airport can be a pain. The lines are long. You might have to throw away some of things you brought. And now that the airlines have started charging for each and every carry-on bag, the overhead bins fill up fast and people complain it. But now that I’ve listed all my complaints with the airlines, I’m here to list everything I love about them.

1. It’s exciting to travel through an airport. You’re traveling somewhere new with (mostly) strangers, and you’re leaving your home base and going somewhere you’ve never been before.

2. Occasionally, you might strike up a conversation with a stranger and share more of yourself than you ever thought you would. Granted, this doesn’t happen all the time or very often, but it can and when it does it can be magical. I once spent an entire three-hour train ride talking to the person sitting next to me about New York City, going to music venues alone, interning/jobs, how Joe Biden spoke for three hours at her college graduation, Catholic school (she graduated with a class of 13) and how she was moving to D.C. to move in with her boyfriend who she thought was the “one” and starting law school. I’ll never forget it, and I’ll probably never see her again. But that is part of the joy of traveling, my friends.

3. This might sound strange, but I love, love, love the sound of all the seat belts being unbuckled after the plane has landed. It’s the sound that you have officially arrived.

4. I enjoy having time in the sky dedicated to NOT surfing the Internet. I feel like the Internet is the biggest distraction ever for me, and oh the rest of the population, and I love having time to just read, listen to music or watch TV. It’s a welcome calm for me.

5. Since I’m a news junkie, I love browsing through all the titles at those Hudson News stands that are everywhere. It lets me know that others love the media, too.

It’s just five things, but they are enough to make it worth it.