In 2013, I had a unique opportunity to fly around the country in 4 days. We would be leaving Louisville, heading to Atlantic City, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Indianapolis, all in 4 days. At first, I thought I was going to to have to do all of those cities flying coach, but then the real unique opportunity came up... I got to do all that while flying in a private jet.
If you've never flown on a private jet, and outside of this particular trip I've only done it one other time, a day trip, then you don't quite get how amazing this experience is. No security line, no checking IDs. You literally walk onto the plane, sit down, buckle up and then it taxies out to the runway and you're off. It literally is less than 5 minutes from arrival to the time you're in the air. Magical doesn't even begin to describe the experience.
Were I to some day become independently wealthy, I don't know that a private jet would be at the top of my list of purchases, but I can tell you that it wouldn't be very far down that list. Sure, maybe I would start out with a fractional jet purchase, but it wouldn't take long to become accustomed to the wonderful world of private travel.
While this trip was in particular a whirlwind, I cannot imagine how difficult it would have been to make anywhere from 5 to 10 commercial flights in the same 4 days. The time spent in the airport would likely have been more than I would have spent in the meetings in each of the cities.
Whenever I am now required to fly commercial, usually a few times each year, I can't help but remember this blissful experience and feel just a bit sad that I am not likely to experience it again anytime soon.
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