My friend Kanako is visiting from Hong Kong this week and today we just discovered that my mom has six buddy passes that will expire at the end of this month.
For those of you unfamiliar with my life and therefore most likely thoroughly confused with that last sentence, let me fill you in. My mom works for a major airline and every year she gets 24 free airline passes to give to whomever she pleases. Normally those babies go faster than free tequila shots at a college bar, but this year she’s managed to hold onto a handful.
As I work for an airline as well and therefore have flight privileges, I don’t consider this such a big deal. But for my friend, who isn’t accustomed to using a fleet of planes as her own, personal air taxi service…this is HUGE. The sky is quite literally the limit, as we now can go anywhere that our five-day time frame (that’s all we have off from work), allows us.
We haven’t decided where to go but we’ve narrowed it down to a few cities. We’re limited for time and therefore anywhere far like Europe or Australia is out of the question and my mom’s airline doesn’t fly to the Caribbean so that’s not an option either.
We’re therefore left with the following possibilities:
1. New Orleans (According to the Lonely Planet, a visit to New Orleans is the closest you can come to visiting a foreign country without leaving the US).
2. Chicago (My friend has a friend there that we could crash with).
3. Anywhere in Mexico (because it’s not America and I love tacos).
So…what do you think? Where should we go?
Where would you go?
The beauty of a buddy pass is that it’s made with the impulsive, procrastinating traveler in mind. We don’t actually have to make a decision until 30 minutes prior to departure. So it may very well turn out that we show up the airport tomorrow all packed to go to Mexico City and then change our minds and zoom over to New York instead.
Um, can I just say that I’m in love with my life at the moment?