This week made me realize how incredibly thankful I am to be able to travel the world so freely and the amazing gift we enjoy to be whisked around the world in the comfort and speed of modern jetliner.
Travel In The Jet Age Is A Beautiful Thing
Think about it. When Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952, a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles took more than a full day. Nonstop travel was not possible and a London to New York flight alone on a Lockheed Constellation took more than 17 hours.
On Thursday, I woke up early and had a lovely walk through the empty streets of London’s City of Westminster. I enjoyed a leisurely English Breakfast (including blood pudding…), worked out, then spent the next four hours celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Then I hopped on a train to London Heathrow, spent another hour relaxing in the lounge, then boarded an 11-hour flight that would take me nonstop back to Los Angeles.
The flight left at 4:30pm and arrived at 7:30pm. During the flight I enjoyed dinner, watched a movie, slept for five hours, worked, and had another snack. We landed to a lovely “May Gray” (cloudy) evening in Los Angeles. It was still Thursday.
I hopped in my car and drove home. My children were still awake and I was able to read a bedtime story (we are currently reading The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis) to my son.
My wife and I then went for a brief walk and had a lovely chat in our garden. At dusk, I lit a beacon in honor of the Queen.
What a wonderful day. And it was possible because of jet travel.
This is a blog that takes a critical eye to airline premium cabins and hotels. But even as I nitpick about the type of Champagne served or the contents of an amenity kit, sometimes it is appropriate just to take a step back and realize what a gift jet travel is.
As I look upon the Queen with thanksgiving, I marvel at how the world has changed since 1952. Some changes have been for the best, some for the worst, but when it comes to jet travel, even without supersonic service we have the ability to navigate the planet with relative ease. That’s an amazing thing.