Travel unlocks the globe, but exploration doesn't always come with a ticket
Good evening my friends! This blog has been without updates for the last few weeks, as I’ve been off the map literally and figuratively. I’ve spent the last two weeks in the heart of the world’s true frontier, a journey into Uganda near the Congo border. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! From tracking mountain gorillas in the border jungles to seeing the raw power of the Nile, it will take me a while to organize my thoughts and share them here, but the upcoming days should be filled with new posts and photographs from one of the most wild places on the planet. It will be worth the wait!
For most people who don’t work in the airline industry, their introduction to the world of standby travel is a ticket that is equal parts reviled and coveted: the buddy pass. Once an almost ubiquitous benefit granting the perks of airline travel to one’s friends and acquaintances, the buddy pass has undergone a sea change in recent years as airline load factors have exploded. Like all standby fares, the buddy pass is based on available seats in the aircraft cabin. Seats are assigned based on standby priority and buddy passes are always consistently on the bottom. When flights are full (as they often are these days) buddy pass travelers, often with little underlying knowledge of the standby system can be left stranded for hours if not days on end. The buddy pass has lost so much of its once shining glitter that it is often referred to colloquially as the Ex-Buddy Pass; meaning that whichever buddy you give it too quickly becomes your ex-buddy.
The road from Liberia to La Fortuna traverses some of the most striking country in all of Costa Rica. The Arenal volcano lies in almost the center of the country and rain forests, lakes, and winding roads are part and parcel of the journey to its base. Here is but a sample!