Do You Still Get Excited?

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  1. FlyingFree
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    All of us on MP are in the game of accumulating points. Many of us travel on business, and we know how tiring those trips can be (although flying in business or first does help ease the blow). We make mileage and status runs to feed our need for getting more miles and value for less money.

    I do all of the above. And I get tired sometimes too. But despite everything, a part of me still gets excited every time I board an airplane…because when I disembark, I’m hundreds if not thousands of miles away! I get to see new places – meet new people – have new experiences. This may sound childlike, but for me that’s the true value in what we do –the incredible opportunities that travel creates for us.

    What are your feelings?
     
  2. JasonH
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    I am of the same mind. There is something surreal about it. When I go to Europe it still amazes me to fall asleep over the Eastern Seaboard and have breakfast as I decend into Amsterdam or Paris.
     
  3. magic111
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    If you find an eastbound flight over the Atlantic amazing you find the same direction over the Pacific even more amazing. Leaving in the afternoon from Asia and arriving in the morning the same day you left. ;)

    Like many others here on FF bulletin boards I have never or rarely ever traveled for business. Maybe some day I will have visited every place along with getting tired visiting other places again and again.

    BTW I have always considered myself in the game of burning points. Makes the game even more rewarding to me than sitting on a multi-million mile stash. No offense to Randy and his 17 million and any others but it is just the way I play the game.

    So in response to the OP -- yes, I still get excited!
     
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    I still get excited even after 3 million air miles and I still enjoy traveling despite all the issues and problems that occur. I guess I am just not normal. [​IMG]
     
  5. Captain Oveur
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    I too still get a thrill from actual flying.

    Though the TSA has made a significant dent in the entire flying experience being enjoyable anymore.
     
  6. FlyingFree
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    Agreed that the TSA experience often sucks, but I really try not to let it get me down and have geneally had competant and courteous TSA staff. Plus I remember what is was like flying the first few months after 9/11...shake downs at the gate, etc.!
     
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    Everytime I'm off to the airport, I get a little chill......
     
  8. diver90
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    I only get a thrill / chill if I'm going somewhere new / exciting or that I haven't been to in quite a while.... and I'm not YMBKQLUT, etc. I sat on the fence for a long time with a trip to China because company policy was requiring cheapest fare which was coach.
     
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    It still makes me feel tingly all over when I check my Blackberry in the morning and one of the e-mails contain the ever-magical phrase: Your upgrade is confirmed.
     
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    That IS tingleworthy!
     
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    That's the best kind of news.
     
  12. UADomer08
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    I've seen the Chicago skyline from over lake michigan hundreds of times and it never gets old. I still strain to look out the nearest window to catch a glimpse of the city. Its safe to say I'm like a kid in a candy store when I'm headed somewhere new. I get equally excited when I visit a airport for the first time (even if just during a lay-over), check into a new Red Carpet Club, or steal a pen from a new hotel. I actually see points as a secondary perk of my travels (and maybe, just maybe a slight* enabler)

    *for purposes of this post, the word slight should be interpreted as a major component or core reason
     
  13. Gargoyle
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    Heck, I still get excited when I wake up every morning. Taking off in a plane never gets old.
     
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    Agreed, the tickle provided by a couple exta G's during take-off always makes me smile.

    For those of you that like loud humor, Louis CK does a great bit on the Miracle of Flight. Worth checking out for a good chuckle but be warned, he is very loud and a bit crass (although the clip is from Conan so its pretty PG).
     
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    Yep, even when I'm getting onboard yet another regional jet to head somewhere cold and icy in the middle of February, there's still that magic of breaking the bonds with earth and seeing the world from 30-someodd thousand feet.
     
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    I just plain LOVE to fly anywhere at anytime. Not sure why, but it is still a thrill.
     
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    That rush acceleration when the engines spool up to take off power always sends a little shiver down my spine.

    So yes - every time :)
     
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    I get excited when I go somewhere new. When it is yet another business trip from IAD to LAX, DEN or ABQ, it's harder to be all that thrilled about it. Thinking of what I am going to do with the miles does help, however.
     
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    Nice, you should make a point to frequent John Wayne to regularly experince the amazing technique that is required to take off there. If you have not had the pleasure, they have to heavily rev the engines before removing the breaks resulting in a feeling that can only be described as a blast off. Everytime we take off at that airport I listen for the chirp of tires. Makes me think the pilots are doing their best impression of teenagers with hot rods.
     
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    It's even more surreal when you leave Australia at 9am and arrive in LAX roughly the same time on the same day!

    Since I am a leisure travel I live in excited anticipation of my next trip and spend hours planning and reading.
     
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    Yes!
    I rather be on a plane and on the road instead of home (for at least 75% if possible)

    :)

    Cabin fever if I'm not travelling at least twice a month or more.
     
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    I enjoy going to the airport and always look forward to my next flight [​IMG].
     
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    I still love everything about airports, airplanes, and travel, especially being on the plane in first class. :) Security can be a PITA, but we do have the bypass lines in most American, and lots of international, airports and that eliminates a lot of the stress. I really do hate waiting in lines. :(

    The things that I really loved about the movie "Up in the Air" were the airport and security, and airplane scenes--they seemed so much like my life, except, of course, for the fact that I am lucky enough that I always get to travel with my sweetheart. [​IMG]
     
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    I get just as excited about travel as I did when I was a child[​IMG]
     
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  25. Not anymore, just burned out with all the flying I have done in the last 15 years. When I was younger it was exciting,but after 1.5 million bis miles it just gets old. Now I just want to get there as fast as possible.
     

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