Alright, so when we left off, Trevor and I had just been dropped at the airport in Toronto to begin our journey!! First issue – we went to the wrong ticket counter (Domestic instead of International), so slight delay there, but then we were quickly redirected to the International counter. We were told that we would have to go through U.S Customs (which we did not realize, or else we would have given ourselves more time). First, we were told to fill out Customs/Immigration forms and take them to room #1; then when we got to room #1 we were told we didn’t need to fill them out, and we were sent to the self-serve kiosks. The self-serve kiosks at the Customs area were not working, and nobody working seemed to want to help. When we finally got someone to listen to us, they just told us to fill out the Customs form (remember the one we were told not to fill out? Yeah that one). We were losing time through this entire process, and we were getting nervous about our flight time. We had given ourselves 2 hours, but this wasn’t supposed to include going through Customs. We finally got to drop our bags (minutes before the recommended drop off time), and headed to speak to a Customs Officer. At first, he looked like your typical Customs worker (rough around the edges and miserable), but once he asked what our plans were, I decided to make a joke with him to lighten the tension in the air. I joked about him being jealous of our adventure; to which he replied “no, not at all”, but he sort of smirked about it and told us to have a good time (after asking some questions like “how can you afford this?”) We were very pressed for time at this point, and were rushing to the security check point, where another line was waiting for us, which meant more stress for me. When we were finally done, we were able to relax a little because we had enough time to grab some snacks, and sit for about 20 minutes before it was time to board.
Once on board, we found our amazing seats! We had decided to pay for a slight upgrade, due to the length of the flight (5-6 hours) and the fact that Trevor is a very tall man (6’3). We decided to fly with Air Canada (they had the best price at the time we booked). They have one of the cheapest upgrade fees I have seen, at just $50 for a roomy exit row seat, it was a bargain. We were flying on an Airbus 321-200; which I am telling you because if you have a chance to fly this airline, and are on this type of aircraft, then you will want to book row 29 for sure! I have posted a photo of it here. Because of how this aircraft is set up, these seats have nothing in front, and an impressive 63” of leg room vs the standard 35” in economy class. It was wonderful to be able to stand up during the flight, and stretch out while seated. Another luxury that we decided to purchase was the pre-paid food voucher. When I booked this didn’t seem like a big deal, but in actuality, it worked out great. When you book your flight, you pay $7, which will get you a meal and snack. The normal price of the meals range from $8-9 and the snacks from $4-7 so buying this up front was a good savings. This isn’t why I recommend it though. You see, our plane was delayed by an hour due to having to be “de-iced” (a process every traveller dreads, as it is time consuming, and not to mention that I don’t want to know that we need extra protection for the plane). By the time we were in the air it was almost 10pm, and by the time food was served it was around 11pm. Because we had pre-paid, we were given special service once the plane was in the air. An attendant came to take our order right away, and we got our food an hour before the single person next to me got hers. In a situation like this, it definitely pays to pre-pay. The food was horrible, so at the end of the day, I don’t recommend Air Canada’s food anyways, but in case you need it, there you go.