One of the great joys of going on holiday is never having to worry about what time it is.
Until you do.
After all they’re on a different clock.
Which means you have to factor that in to your new daily routine.
The first thing to do is change the time on your watch.
Don’t try to do the math in your head – that’s too much of a rush when you’re trying to catch the plane.
Remember too to triple, quadruple, quintuple check your flight time.
And if you’ve booked independently from your trip make sure that your times match.
Only to check the times the night before and find that the connecting flight is too early.
Too late is too bad to.
Now you’ve probably got time converters on your phone but if not check out https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html.
You’ve probably got the transatlantic flight time sorted out but the connecting flight can catch you out.
The date on your flight schedule will be clearly written on your documents only among a plethora of other information.
And while in your head you’re on the same day as back home remember that there’s a chance that you have to jump a day.
So the flight that you’re expecting to take eight hours is really taking 16 hours.
And the date on your schedule could be a date later than you think.
Eight hours in Denver Airport
Just saying, and you can thank me later.
The upside, and there are precious few, is that if you have to spend eight hours in Denver airport then there are worse airports.
There are great food fares and shopping outlets, a putting green and an art gallery.
They had a fantastic exhibition of a photojournalist’s pictures and a video of his work in the wilds.
And I should know. Because I circumnavigated the airport a dozen times.
And I eventually did make a score in the putting that I could tell people about.
Can you not make up time?
With every oversight your mistake is multiplied by the first error.
Remember America is a continent and is subject to weather fluctuations and flight delays.
If you’re the type to just accept what life or your mistakes strews in your path, good luck.
If you’re like ‘my friend’ though you will probably spend your flight looking at your expected time of arrival.
Willing it to arrive earlier. And miss the movies.
You’ll be damn sure that you’ve got the time right for the new connecting flight you had to book in the States.
Just be sure that you’ve not got your headphones on listening to your playlist when your name gets called at the departure gate.
Not on the same trip I promise you, but not good either.