We love to travel and flying to new destinations. We love it so much that we would even consider flying with Ryanair to get somewhere. Well, if it’s Ryanair, to get within 75 miles of somewhere!
But as we get older, how quickly and comfortably we get to a destination is getting more important. We have done our share of coach travel, sleeping on airport seats and getting off the plane looking like newly released hostages.
My, (Mr W’s) first flight as a kid was on a DC10 to Orlando (yes, I was lucky enough to be on the one DC10 in the 1970’s that didn’t crash). Ever since then I’ve loved flying, the excitement, the speed and even the glamour, yes, there’s still a small element of glamour left.
We have both flown a lot over the last few but we still have a number of flights and trips that we would love to experience in the near future. At first, some of these seemed to be accessible by the super-rich only but after a bit of research, there are ways that these can actually be experienced by us ‘mere mortals’.
Piloting Your Own Plane
This is one I have done. After a year of lessons, I finally got to fly solo cross country landing at two separate airports on a 3-hour trip. There is something amazing about circling while you wait for a British Airways 747 to come into land in front of you.
Although I really enjoyed learning to fly, you are still restricted to daytime flying, good weather and good visibility. Also, from a practical transport point of view, it was actually cheaper for Mel and myself to fly business class instead.
After saying that, a trial lesson is usually quite reasonable and most local airports have a flying school, it’s definitely worth a try.
Business Class And First Class
When I had a ‘proper’ job I was fortunate to fly business class on a number of occasions. Unforntately, as it was for work I couldn’t indulge in many of the perks, especially the free bar. In most jobs, it isn’t really regarded as professional arriving for a meeting drunk, unless you’re a banker.
Now as travellers, we can and do enjoy the business class perks but unfortunately, we have to pay for the tickets ourselves. Having, the flexibility with times and dates can greatly reduce the cost and by sticking with one of the frequent flyer programs can also help.
Although we have flown business class we still haven’t flown first class. Not the everyday domestic 737 first class but the proper, international top-end experience as offered by Etihad, Qatar and Emirates. Hopefully, one day, we will get that mythical upgrade.
If you haven’t already seen it, check out Casey Neistat’s Emirates video which has been watched over 50 million times ‘The $21,000 First Class Airplane Seat‘.
The Private Jet
So you’ve done first class but now you want to the plane to yourself! Also, you don’t want to be restricted to the timetables of others, so there’s only one thing to do, charter a private jet.
This sounds like the lifestyle of A-listers and Russian oligarchs. Totally unobtainable to most of us and the stuff of lottery fantasies. However, there are ways to actually fly in a private jet. There are a growing number of private jet charter companies who offer discounts on flights when they are flying empty, to reposition from one airport to another. These flights can be much cheaper than a standard charter and if it is split between a small group of friends, you could soon be flying with the international jet-set.
The Ultimate – A Trip To Space
From Richard Branson to Elon Musk, eccentric billionaires are rushing to send paying customers into space. We still think ‘Elon Musk’ is a fictional character or is that ‘Artie Ziff’ from The Simpsons?
We would love to be able to take a trip into space within our lifetime, just to look at the earth as we slowly drift in orbit. This would surely be the ultimate trip.
The cost of a ticket on Virgin Galactic starts at $250,000. So if you’ve you got that money lying around then book your ticket now, we assume it’s a return ticket.
At the end of the day, it is the people and places that matter and not really how you get there but for us, doing it in a bit of comfort and style always helps.
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