Flying for the first time can be incredibly intimidating….especially if you’re flying by yourself for about 18 hours. Nobody in my family has really travelled outside of the United States, so I also wasn’t able to get much information from them about it either. Luckily, my parents were able to drop me off at the airport and help me until I had to enter security, so that made it a bit easier.
I have to admit, even though I was initially scared going through the whirlwind of getting your boarding pass, making sure your luggage is fine, and security (especially security), when I finally found the right gate and sat down to watch the airplanes, it was incredibly amazing and exciting. I think a lot of people forget just how special it is that we can fly thousands of feet up in the air fairly smoothly around the world in just one day. Since it was my first flight, though, the thought was definitely not lost on me. I couldn’t believe that no one else was staring childlike out the window watching the ground move further and further away and watching the scenery change with ever minute.
I never realized just how beautiful and different the west of America is from the east. The landscape is just so different. I loved being able to visit each of the states from Georgia to California even if it was just for a few minutes to hours from the air. If you ever get the chance to sit in the window seat flying through America (or any country really!) I would definitely recommend taking a few moments to just enjoy the scenery below you.
After I landed in California, though, it was very late at night, and I had about a three hour layover before I could board again for Auckland. I have to say that this was the scariest part of my trip. I had never switched planes before, especially by myself, and I was so afraid that I was going to get lost and miss my flight. Luckily, though, the gate I needed to be at was only a few gates down from where we landed, so I had plenty of time to get settled at the gate, buy a cheeseburger, and read a book before I had to board again.
My flight from California to Auckland was during the night, so you would think that it would go by quickly since you would most likely be sleeping….It was not that way for me. For some reason, I just can not sleep on planes no matter how hard I try. I also got a migraine each time we got up in the air and since I forgot my migraine medicine at home (please always make sure you have your migraine medicine on flights!), I have to say that the flight was largely a miserable experience.
Finally, though, we made it over New Zealand, and the ocean and beautiful green islands below me made everything worth it! New Zealand is an absolutely beautiful country, especially from the air!