One of the things I will be forever grateful for when it comes to air travel is the ease in which you can move from land to land in such a short time span.
I mentioned that I flew home on TAP Air Portugal, but did not lay out the whole itinerary.
After spending Saturday night in Tel Aviv, we departed Ben Gurion (TLV) Sunday afternoon to return to Basel (BSL) on easyJet. That airport sits over both Switzerland and France and you can choose which country you enter and walk between countries on the departures levels.
We entered the French side and proceeded by car just over the German border, where my wife’s parents live.
After a nice dinner and brisk walk, I took a nap before my overnight ICE train to Frankfurt Airport.
That train departed from Basel train station, which is just over the Swiss border. The train ride was pleasant and I soon found myself checking in for my TAP flight in Frankfurt and visiting my favorite Lufthansa Business Lounge for a great cup of coffee.
Yes, there were delays on my TAP Air Portugal flights, but I made it to Lisbon and was off and on an airplane again in under an hour.
We landed in Boston, late, and after collecting my checked bag I walked over to the United terminal where I soon boarded my 6.5-hour final journey to Los Angeles.
Despite the lack of lie-flat seating, I slept through most of the flight and was thankful for my upgrade had cleared.
Upon landing at LAX, I braved heavy traffic even at the late hour, arrived home, and quickly fell asleep in my own bed.
Sounds exhausting doesn’t it? And yet this is what I love so much about travel. In less than a 48 hour period I enjoyed lunch in Tel Aviv, dinner in Basel, breakfast in Frankfurt, lunch over the Atlantic, and dinner over the USA, arriving home after a 8,938 mile trip.