For spring break this year, my friends and myself got a group of 26 of us to go to Cabo, Mexico. We were planned to stay in Cabo for six days and five nights and our departing flight was scheduled to leave from Buffalo at 6:00 a.m. on March 17th. After weeks of preparing for the trip and packing, the night before we left finally came and everyone was so excited to trade Buffalo snow for the beach. When trying to check into the flight that night a handful of us were confused when the website wouldn’t let us. Around 9:00 p.m. (nine hours before our flight,) our friend called the airlines to see what the issue was. The agent she talked to on the phone made us aware that our flight from Buffalo to Chicago had been canceled due to the Trump grounding of 737 Boeing model planes.
With that news, the next two hours for all 26 of us can be described as nothing but pure chaos. We were frantically looking for new flights to Chicago or straight through to Cabo for the next day, only to find out that most were over $1,000, completely full, or just didn’t exist. By now it was almost 11:00 p.m. and in order to not miss a full day in Cabo we only had one choice- get in the car and drive nine hours to Chicago. Our connecting flight from Chicago to Cabo was at 9:00 a.m. so in order to make it, we had to leave immediately. We all jumped into four cars with five people per car (6 people booked separate flights.) Not only were the cars filled with five people, they were filled with five suitcases and five carry-ons.
This nine-hour drive was MISERABLE. People in the back seat had luggage laying on their laps, the person in the passenger seat had to sit with their legs crunched due to carry-ons being shoved by their feet and the only comfortable seat was the driver seat. The con of the driver seat was you had to drive plus you couldn’t see out of the back due to luggage in the trunk. This drive took place through 11:30 p.m. – 9:00 a.m. so everyone was tired and cranky on top of everything else, plus we didn’t even know if we were going to make the flight.
When we got closer to Chicago we entered a different time zone that gave us an extra hour which ended up being the reason why we made the flight. We arrived at the airport with 45 minutes to get through TSA and we all made the flight. The planning agency we planned our trip through refunded us completely for gas and parking at the airport, since the four cars had to be parked there while we were gone. We arrived in Cabo on time, just a little more sleep deprived than we had planned. The six days we were there made every inconvenience we had worth it- even the extra miserable nine hour drive back home from Chicago. On the way back, we stopped at the Chicago Bean, which was really cool to see. I wouldn’t have been able to experience that if none of this happened.
Cabo was an amazing, beautiful experience and I am so thankful everything ended up working out. Overall, the chaos we experienced is now a funny memory we all can look back on and laugh about. Plus we all have a good story to tell. Try to make the most of every bad situation you come across, it will make your life easier and more enjoyable.
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