If you’re travelling from Canada to Brazil..
Well.. Lesson learned.
The 7 flights over 50 consecutive hours to save a couple hundred bucks nearly killed me.
By the last flight I was not in the mood for small talk and my mind & body was starting to shut down. The vodka & dark chocolate, substituted by a few dodgy airline meals-diet was probably not the best for long-distance marathon-travel. By the last leg, I was barely standing and ended up in the cattle class toilet before spewing up multiple times. All before take-off.
What should have been 1 or max-2 nice clean direct flights, turned out to be a bit more painful than I first anticipated. It was obvious that it was going to suck a bit to start with, but I hadn’t really thought this through. Don’t you make this same mistake. Ever.
Sifting through customs in my second last stopover, I had this funny thought “gosh., it’s a miracle I’ve made it this far, I wonder how my luggage is going ?” – I hadn’t seen it since LAX where the attendant assured me it was checking through to my final destination. Unfortunately between the 4 different airlines and seven airports somehow it went on its own vacation. Lucky lucky bags.
I would highly recommend to anyone NOT to take the slightly cheaper option brought to you by your local ‘join the dots’ travel planner – or at least maybe think about breaking the trip up for some rest stops. We live and learn.