January 22, 2015
This year’s winter is turning out to be a surprisingly pleasant roller-coaster ride. We’ve had frightening drops into the negative-10-degree depths of despair, steady curves around the teens, and now a delightful climb into the snow-melting 30s. But, if you’re like me, it’s not just the weather that compels you to get out of town. Adventure is an addiction, and I’ve found just the app the fuel it.
Flight Tonight – the simplest and most rewarding app I have on my iPhone.
It’s a straightforward app with just two steps: plug in your home airport and check flights! It gives you a list of every flight that leaves within the next day for a reasonable, last-minute price.
It’s been a few months since I downloaded this gem, and with my new internship and my weekend job, I haven’t had the room in my schedule to spontaneously leave the state. You may be thinking, “WHO has the time to spontaneously leave the state?”
Well, I’m speaking to the other adventure-prone individuals out there. The ones that lead normal lives by day, but lust for a change of scenery and culture every once in a while. Admittedly, this is not the activity for a family with children or for you type-A’s who start to hyperventilate at the thought of showing up in a city without a booked hotel.
But for the rest of you, instead of working, and working, and working some more, I challenge you to diversify. Have a weekend with no plans or an extended holiday weekend? Check the app, choose a place that sounds most appealing (Denver? Antigua? Atlanta? Nairobi?), and go! When you’re old and in perma-reflection mode, you won’t remember that long weekend you watched all ten seasons of “Friends” on Netflix. You’ll be thinking about the amazing morning you spent walking the beach under the sunrise in Anguilla, or that day you were “in the clouds” sampling every diner Denver has to offer.
Soon I will have my weekends free and I can’t wait to explore. Where will I go first? The excitement is in the unknown. Stay tuned for updates on my spur-of-the-moment adventures with Flight Tonight; I’m sure there will be many.