Over the summer, uncle Wanderlust went to Sri Lanka and planned his route such that he stopped to see us for 6 hours on the way back. We picked him up from the airport and headed straight to one of our favourite hotels for breakfast. While not our first transit visitor, it definitely got me thinking about how lucky we have always been to live in a travel hub.
This is definitely my first and favourite reason! Apart from London, where “home” is, we have lived in places that aren’t exactly top of people’s bucket lists for visiting. BUT they have been travel hubs! While some people have come anyway, we’ve also been very fortunate to have people stopping for a few hours or a few days on their way to or from somewhere.
One of my favourites has to be when Bestie Wanderlust was travelling to Belize and the travel agent found her a super cheap ticket with the “drawback” that she had a 24 hour layover in Houston where we were living at the time! Another was when I was travelling back from the US (on my own – life changing experience) and my aunt and uncle were on my flight with 6 hours to burn. Obviously they came over for dinner and met my Things – happy days!
When you live near a big hub you have super amazing destination options. From Houston we travelled all over the US, to Mexico and Puerto Rico. We’d have gone further if we weren’t trying to expand the family. Since we have been here we have been to the Maldives, India, Thailand, Greece, Oman, UAE, USA and Italy! We have so much more in the pipeline too so I’m super excited for some more adventures.
You can meet people IN the airport! TO be fair we have only done this once when Granny Wanderlust came to Ras Al Khaima with us. We left the entire trip as a surprise for the Things including that we were going with their friends and that Baboo (their name for my mum) would be joining us. You can only imagine their faces when we saw her (not to mention her face)!
It can backfire though… Mr Wanderlust’s best mate flew to Colorado via Houston once and we were meant to join him on the HOU – DEN leg. There was nothing more frustrating in that moment than knowing he was stuck in an immigration queue just metres from where we were having been delayed. It was still an epic holiday though!
As I mentioned, people don’t always want to come to see us here as there’s not masses to do. But joining them on a trip somewhere is super easy. We definitely need to do this again.
Living so far from home is hard sometimes. I’m so grateful that we have always had a direct flight to get home. It doesn’t matter if it is a family emergency or just Granny Wanderlust wanting to come to see me for a cup of tea, its so great to know you can book a flight and be there in a matter of hours if you need to.
And yes, she came to see me for a cup of tea once. She did stay for a bit longer than just the one though lol.
I’m always so surprised to find our flights are full when we have checked in so quickly and efficiently. Even when we get airside, the airport is super quiet (usually) with little in the way of queues or hectic play areas. On the way home, it is nice to turn one way to arrivals while 95% of your fellow passengers head to transit for the next leg of your journey.
As nice as it is to travel, sometimes it is nice to be home.