August always excites me. It has become my travel month unintentionally. Japan and Canada happened in August. And this month? Its the United States of America.
I've always thought that there's no way I was born to just pay bills and die. I knew I had to go to places and experience it with my own senses. That the stories you hear from other people who have traveled far and wide are as interesting as your own adventures. I feel that I have a story to tell and the world is now willing to listen.
The major reason I was going to the USA was for my best friend's wedding. We've talked about it years ago and it never materialized that it would be happening soon until I got the invitation in February this year. Click HERE for the previous post.
I booked my flight in May after being granted a US Visa on the same month in Calgary. I had to make sure I get the best deals. Tina, my friend from work suggested that I book my flight through Redtag. I've also searched Vayama but I was going to pay for it in US Dollars which I thought was a bit inconvenient. So I proceeded booking my flight for New York on redtag. I should say that I got the best deal on Redtag (link) and they were very easy to deal with especially when I had to change my return flight from Los Angeles instead of New York. They made sure that all my concerns were addressed. I am so booking my future flights on Redtag and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants the same convenient booking experience. Of course, can't thank Tina enough for the recommendation.
I was too excited for the trip that I had sleepless nights before the date of my flight. It felt like I've waited so long for this trip and there was no way of stopping me. I couldn't get myself to shut up when New York is the topic of the conversation. I've noticed how some of my friends did a countdown days before I left for my vacation. That got me even more excited and giggly!
My flight from Regina to New York had two stops - Calgary and Toronto. You might be wondering why I took this flight with so many layovers. First, I was actually looking into the earliest flight out of Regina available without having to skip work. Second, it did not matter to me how long the flight will be as long as I get to be there in time for the bachelorette night out for my best friend, Kara.
My one hour and a half flight from Regina (YQR) to Calgary (YYC) was via Air Canada Express - Jazz. To be honest, I've always dreaded small planes. But I remember a friend telling me about how chances of surviving is much higher in smaller planes than the bigger ones. The thought always consoles me on bumpy rides and the girl speaking in French telling me to fasten my seatbelt calms me down.
I had a three-hour layover inside Calgary International Airport (YYC) and I couldn't be more thankful for their reliable free WiFi! My data service with SaskTel did not fail me too though. Its just that I prefer using the WiFi because cellular data kind of eats up a big chunk of my battery life. The internet just makes the waiting a lot more bearable. Plus the gorgeous airport gave me some good snaps that are Instagram-worthy. Tim Horton's always saves the day too! Their bagels are my favourite.
I had to endure a four-hour flight from Calgary to Toronto via a bigger Air Canada airplane. That flight felt like forever. I had a Mexican seat mate who kept on asking me about the time we were expected to arrive in Toronto. We had a little chitchat but sadly I was not in the mood for chatting at 1:00am. It felt like forever but I guess I had a good sleep at the plane because I hardly noticed the flight crew handing out some snacks. Touchdown in Toronto was at 7:00am.
I thought Calgary had a beautiful airport but Toronto had a more gorgeous one with a lot of natural light coming in. That gave a me a lot of optimism. I knew I was going to have a fabulous day!
As soon as I got off the plane, I went straight to look for the next gate where I'll be boarding my next plane. I almost forgot that I had to go through the US. Department of Homeland Security where I had to remove all things metallic from my body including my shoes. My pair of white socks were not prepared, I should have worn black but of course it could have been a fashion disaster. Hahahahahaha!!! I got interviewed by a hot guy from Homeland Security and was mistaken as someone who works in the fashion industry. I just couldn't stop smiling. I knew I was killing it with a little classy cleavage popping out.
When boarding was announced quarter before ten in the morning, I had taken enough selfies at the airport already. Most of it I've sent to my friends through WhatsApp and Viber plus not to mention the much needed update on Facebook.
My one hour and a half flight from Toronto (YYZ) to Newark (EWR) was a smooth one on a small United Airlines Express plane.
The moment I stepped on US soil or in this case US concrete ---- PARTYYYYY TIME!!!!!
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