Reining in my #AvGeek craziness

Sometimes I simply cannot help myself. I see a new destination (dot), a new route (line) or some other new flight opportunity and I run at it full speed ahead, even when it makes minimal sense. So when I learned that there was a flight from London Southend Airport (or that there even was such a place!) to Antwerp I booked it rather than the much more reasonable flight from London’s City Airport (where I’ll be for a conference) to Amsterdam (where I’ll be flying home from after the conference). Sure, I was paying a bit more, extending my travel time by ~5 hours (on a 60 minute trip) and otherwise being ridiculous. But I really wanted to fly the rather obscure line.

The line which was not meant to be
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Alas, it was not meant to be. Turns out that I was one of very, very few people interested in taking that flight. So few, in fact, that FlyBE cancelled the trip on my day of travel. They rebooked me on the later flight that night but the arrival 3 hours later really destroyed my scheduled. I’d basically be a mess getting up to Amsterdam that night and the morning trains were both much more expensive and riskier in terms of missing my flight. And so I pulled the plug. Reluctantly, but I had to do it.

Still plenty of flying left to go this year, even without the little line
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

The good news is that I still have 55k+ miles booked between now and the end of the year, including 16 new lines, 2 new dots and 2 new countries. Also, at least four new-to-me airlines. So I didn’t really scrap my #AvGeek tendencies completely, but it turns out that even I have my limits. I won’t really suffer much for losing that route, though I’m still a little bitter. On the plus side, I now get to spend a more reasonable amount of time in Amsterdam, a city I haven’t visited in 15 years. Looking forward to that.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. I’m the same way with my goal of trying to visit all 3,143 counties in the US. Sometimes my wife has to remind me “the counties will STILL be there later” – I don’ thave to visit them all, RIGHT NOW 🙂

  2. As someone from (near) the area I’d suggest you’re not missing out on much by skipping a visit so Southend airport!

    London City’s pretty nice, I had an interesting flight out of there a few years ago over to Copenhagen (on a plane with propellers – which was a bit of a shock to an Aviation rookie like me!).

    1. I don’t mind the prop planes; sometimes I downright enjoy them. And the SEN-ANR flight was scheduled on an ATR-72 which is a big prop plane.

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