I love to travel. My goal is to visit all 50 states before I get old and can't travel. So far, I have been to about 15 states.
My day started out early and great considering it was winter in Maine. My parents dropped me off at the Concord Bus Station in Bangor Maine. At 7 am, we started our bus ride to the Boston Airport with stops on the way. We arrived at the Logan Airport in Boston MA at 11:45 am. After collecting my luggage, I proceeded to check-in and pay for my check-in luggage. While waiting in line, a nice gentleman told me that the Alaska Airline ticket desk didn't open until 2:30 pm. I thanked him and then found a seat so I could wait. I chitchatted with my mom for a while but most people watched. At 2:15 pm, I got in line so I would be the first one in line. By 3 pm, I was through the security check, because of my sequin sweater the TSA lady had to pat me down and check my hands. I didn't understand why until the next day. My flight didn't take off until 5 pm, so I went to find my gate then went looking for coffee. I found a seat at my gate area. A little while passed then I noticed that it said that our flight was canceled. I asked the gentleman seating beside me if he knew what was going on. Then the lady was talking on the microphone. I couldn't hear anything but when everyone was getting up and getting in line, I followed. It was then in line that a nice lady told me what was going on. Our flight was canceled because a flight member on the plane that just arrived was sick and they had to take her to the hospital. We were in line so they could find us another flight. When it was my turn, the nice lady came up with me to help me hear. I am hearing impaired and normally I could hear when traveling but with us all having to wear a mask, it makes me harder to hear. So I ended up staying the night at the Hilton Hotel with a meal voucher.
Turning a negative into a positive
I am a very positive person for the most part. I firmly believe that there is a silver lining in every negative, you just have to look for one. For most people, this situation could have been a negative experience but for me, it was a new learning experience. I have been hearing impaired for the majority of my life and I have learned to adapt to situations that most people would take for granted. I have learned how to travel which is easy now that I wear hearing aids. This trip was different because for one my flight was canceled and I had to stay at a hotel and two everyone has to wear masks. If I can't hear then I lip read but can't do that with masks. I also have learned that if I ask people questions and tell them I am hearing impaired they are nice and tell me what's going on. That is what happened on this trip. There are still nice people in this world. The last time my flight was canceled was in 2007 and my aunt came and got me for a week. So for me, the silver lining was that I was able to stay in a nice hotel that I wouldn't have stayed in otherwise.
2 Helpful Tips
There are probably more tips that I can add but these two tips to me are more helpful. Tip #1 is to tip the driver that helps you. I didn't tip him and now I wished I had. When I first went on the bus that would take me to the hotel for the night I didn't know that we could tip the driver until I got of the bus and saw another passenger do it but then it was to late. The next day, I didn't tip the driver that took me to the airport because he didn't get of the bus. Another passenger had to help me.
Tip #2 when you get a food voucher from the airline you need to get it from the front desk when checking in. After I checked in, I went up to my room to drop my stuff of before heading down stairs to get something to eat. I went into their nice restaurant and the guy at the counter said I would need to go the front desk to get the voucher with the amount and then come back. He was nice. So I go and get my voucher. The waitress was polite also. She gave me a menu and said I could go sit at a table so I can choose what I wanted. I ended up getting a coffee and a chicken sandwich with onion rings.
These are the tips that I wished I had known before hand and now I'm sharing with you.
Services and facilities
After getting my luggage from the baggage claim, I headed to the bus that would take me to the Hilton Hotel where I would be staying for the night. The driver lifted my heavy luggage on the bus for me which I was thankful and thanked him. When we arrived at the hotel, the driver took them off for me and another staff opened the door for me. The check in was easy and quick. The manager had my reservation ready when I gave him my name. He was polite and helpful. He answered all of my questions . Since it was in the evening, the only thing that was open was the restaurant. There was a huge television in the lobby where you could sit and watch it or just sit and relax. From what I could see the facilities were clean and well maintained. My room was on the sixth floor and was more than I expected. I have never stayed at the Hilton so didn't know what to expect. It was amazing. My room was clean with a televisio, a desk, coffee pot, big bed, beautiful bathroom, and a comfy chair and ottoman. Checking out the next day was simple, all I had to was leave my key in a bowl on the front desk.