Flight #15. Today marks the fifteenth flight that I’ve been on this year. And I still have at least seven more planned before I get home. That’s amazing. Flying is one of my favorite modes of transportation. It’s fast and steady for the most part and you can cover long distances in a matter of hours. It never ceases to amaze me how you can literally hop on a flight and a couple of hours later, you can be in a completely new terrain, new season, new time zone. How lucky are we to be living in a time when world travel is not only possible but so accessible?
I left the hostel at 1000 and walked to Central Station to buy my train ticket to the airport. Sydney’s airport is just a short 15-minute train ride from the city center. The city’s public transportation system is really easy and clean but it can be pricey. I definitely want to come back to Sydney to continue exploring the various neighborhoods.
The flight to Melbourne was only about an hour and a half long. The attendant at the gate counter asked for volunteers to sit in the exit row and I shot up out of my seat to be third in line. I was lucky enough to be upgraded to Row 1, aisle, which meant I got to board the plane first. Such a nice treat, thanks Tiger Air! The flight was not fully booked and there were lots of empty seats, including the two seats next to me, so I had the entire exit row to myself.
After the short flight, I arrived in Melbourne. Bought a ticket to the Skybus to get to the city and got dropped off at Southern Cross Station. From there I walked down the street to the YHA, where I’m staying. It was barely 5pm but already getting dark and most shops in Australia close really early for some reason. Instead of fidgeting with my phone trying to find a place to eat, I walked to the closest Woolworth’s and bought myself some food to prepare in the hostel kitchen. Tomorrow I have something fun planned so stay tuned!