Making Travel Plans Makes Me Grumpy

Our family is taking a trip to Arizona in June to visit some of the National Parks. I did this many, many years ago and want to see them again with my daughter and husband, neither of whom has ever been to the Grand Canyon, etc. We are happily using Delta Sky Miles, so that’s a big savings already. We’ve finally made our flight reservations. Next comes the tedium of making reservations to stay overnight at our destinations. I dread it.

When I used to travel, back when there were dinosaurs, I don’t recall having to make way in advance reservations. Now there are so many people traveling you don’t dare expect to find a place to stay easily. And you might end up in a dump if you’re not careful.

Why does it cost almost 140 per person to upgrade to a seat that’s a mere 2 or 3 inches roomier? That’s $280 per roundtrip, thus negating the savings on using Sky Miles. No thanks. We’ll pass and sit elbow to elbow. At least we know each other.

Why do different days cost different amounts? And why do these amounts keep changing…from hour to hour? It’s impossible to plan a trip using “miles” without assistance from a Delta rep, and then you are charged extra for their assistance.
Does any of this make sense?

Why do some airlines charge for a first checked bag, and others not? Suddenly Delta is charging for the first bag, but for decades before now they did not?

What happened to meals on planes. They were never that good, but at least you could plan on having something to stave off hunger on a 5 to 6 hour flight. Now it’s cocktails and snacks you must pay for. Or a small bag of pretzels with a Coke. Isn’t this against the law in terms of starving your customers? Or you can pay the exorbitant prices being charged by food stations at the airports and bring on your own food. Try juggling that with your luggage, coat, computer, etc. while boarding a plane?

Do we really need travel insurance? I flew for decades without any. Now it’s a must in case something happens along the way. Or to your luggage. A lot can happen to luggage…I’ve been there. There are no guarantees when it comes to luggage.

Where is everyone going? There are no longer high and low travel seasons. Everyone is traveling all the time, never mind the cost. This boggles my mind. the first time I flew I was in my early 20’s and it was a BIG DEAL. Now I see families of 6, 8,10 people dragging their luggage through airports. Do they know about deals I don’t know about?

Yes, I’m frustrated and grumpy when it comes to pre-travel planning. Being in the air is not much more fun either. Whatever happened to free magazines to read? Conversations with seat mates no longer happen because everyone is plugged in. Air travel has become as tedious as ground travel. Maybe the answer is to stay home!

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barbara suter

I'm a retired teacher who enjoys writing and sharing in this; unique blogging community.

8 thoughts on “Making Travel Plans Makes Me Grumpy”

  1. It all seems like a hassle now but once you are on the ground and gazing out at that canyon with First Timers, it will be worth the aggravation. We are going to try a Road Trip this summer with NO reservations!!! Yikes…a bit scary but like you said-it’s a pain to make reservations so far in advance.

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  2. Hi Barbara – Last summer I went to the Grand Canyon for the first time. Wow! Magnificent!!! We stayed at El Tovar on the premises and it was great. I don’t think we made reservations that far in advance. We also went to Sedona, which was breathtaking. We stayed at the Enchantment. Both places are so enchanting. Hope you can get through this planning. – Heidi

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    1. Of course we will get through the planning! I was only half-joking in my post about what a pain in the neck traveling has become in the past decade or two. It is definitely not my favorite part of traveling. But yes, that part of the US is gloriously beautiful and I look forward to seeing it again with my family. (Last time was with my boyfriend long ago :-))

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  3. I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, but have always wanted to! Can I sneak into your baggage when you’re not looking? Nah, that’d probably put your luggage over the weight limit and then you’d have to pay a bigger fee or something. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But, looking at the silver lining….think of all the fun you’ll have in June ! It will make all this current aggravation worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~JudyK

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    1. Yes, of course there’s a reason we go through all this aggravation. This will be the third time for me seeing the Grand Canyon and that’s a privilege. It never grows old. Thanks for your comment.

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    1. Thank goodness you’re right. It usually is very worthwhile other wise people wouldn’t be traveling at all due to the aggravation. I’m sure you’ll be reading some future Slices about it when we get back to Tuesday slicing.

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