We have been warned ‘never” to travel Space-A when schools are on vacation! Experienced
travelers told us that all the passenger terminals have hundreds of active duty military
families sleeping on the floor for weeks in line ahead of us (for few aircraft seats).
We do not worry about these dire horror stories, continue to travel and have fun
and “Travel on less per day...the military way”.
How is this done? Simple: We avoid the “choke points.”
While it is true that often there are often hundreds of families sleeping on the
floor of the Travis AFB terminal dreaming of a vacation in Hawaii, we bypass Travis
and go to Hawaii (and other Pacific destinations) through North Island (San Diego)
or McChord (Seattle). On a recent trip to Europe (yes, in the summertime), we were
told that there were nearly 500 people at Ramstein trying to get back to the States.
Naval Station Rota (Spain) told us that they were moving retirees and had several
flights each day back to the USA. We bypassed Ramstein and took Ryanair to Seville
then bus to Rota. Within hours of walking through Rota’s front gate, we were on
a C-5A flying to Kentucky! By the way, on this flight Rota offered 73 seats and
there were only 15 of us on the plane, so we stretched out and got a comfortable
Don’t let the naysayers get you down!
Get out there and have fun!
Carole in a nearly Empty C-40 Elmendorf to Jax
Carole relaxing on a nearly empty C-5A Rota, Spain to Kentucky
Marv, 1 of 2 passengers on NATO C-17, McGuire-Ramstein