Day 8: Leaving on a Jet Plane
On an average, I take two flights every 10 days. Atleast. Then there are weeks when I take 4. And if I add in some personal travel on the weekend, then more.
And in all these flights, I have noticed something very peculiar about myself - how I behave when I am taking a flight for official work versus when I am travelling as a tourist. I am two absolutely different travellers, locked in my body.
For instance, lets take baggage. When I travel for work, I pack just enough for me to survive the trip. Its almost a crime to pack anything extra. If someone makes a dinner plan on such a trip, I go directly from office because I haven't got an extra pair of clothes. But when I am a tourist, it is always this case:
And after calculations that almost require an Excel macro, I come to a decision and check in.
Then comes seat selection. I don't know why I do this. But this always happens:
Always. Always. I am always on a window seat in personal travel and always on aisle in official travel. Something to do with wanting to see the sights or the freedom angle, wanting to see sky, I don't know. Its just weird.
Next step is Security check. I always get stopped when I am travelling personal. Its always like this:
On the other hand, in official travel, The security people are almost bored of me. They just wave me by like I could never carry anything dangerous when I am traveling on work. When on the contrary, the chances of being violent are far higher at work.
And the next bit, I swear is what shocks me the most.
I can literally close my eyes and rattle off the entire menu on Indigo. I know exactly what is available and what is not. And yet, when I am on a personal travel, I waste 10 minutes of the air hostess, asking them why the samosa is served cold, while the upma is served hot. Always. I try things I have never had on the flight, which I know for a fact, will be bad.
And the feeling on landing:
I guess this one explains the whole journey and the differences.
Why am I writing this? Because there's a long weekend coming up and I am off to Goa today with Sherlock. Which means, bye bye Business traveller, HELLO Tourist!
The only time I don't mind the 3 hour journey to the Bangalore airport. Off we go!
Have a fun long weekend! :)