Travel Odds

The marketing message is, nonstop to LAX from STL in four hours. The reality is quite often something different.

The snide saying, “time to spare, go by air” means that an airline timetable is too often a work of fiction, not a statement of fact.

I love to travel and flying is the best part. But I never ever travel for a paying gig without the buffer of a night in a hotel before the session.

That’s because any number of things can wreck an unreasonable schedule.

My tough love talk on this topic is intentionally harsh and my default position is to blame the traveler when things go bumpity bump.

Rookie Passenger: “My flight was delayed/canceled/rerouted!”

Road Warrior: “What did you expect?”

It’s another implementation of hope over experience.

It’s the same reason you’ll find slot machines in Las Vegas airport. Trust me when I say that these five greedy bandits behind gate C16 will break your heart.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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