Buying airplane tickets is by far the most tedious stage of travel. In order to identify the perfect schedule/price combination, I inevitably end up with approximately eighty-seven web pages open at once -- one for each schedule permutation -- through which I then toggle anxiously back and forth to make sure that what appears to be the winning ticket is not going to leave me with a 38-minute layover in Atlanta or stranded overnight in El Salvador or paying Euros instead of dollars (I did that once). It always takes much longer than I would like, and I usually end up with a headache and a sore neck.
But I also end up with airplane tickets!!! Which I love.
This time next week, I'll be enjoying the balmy winter of Las Vegas, Nevada, before heading up to the less balmy winter of Boise, Idaho. And in a month, I'll be sitting in tropical Guatemala City.
Suddenly January and February don't seem quite so dark and dreary!