The Twelve Days of Christmas are upon us. And I, like a lot of kids, wrote to Santa Claus every year. My Christmas wishes were usually fulfilled (Spoiler Alert!)–by my parents and grandparents of course. Being still young at heart, I thought I’d try it again this year, but with a travel theme.
My name is William Chalmers and I have been good this year. Really good per my kids, and not bad according to my wife.
What I wish most this year for Christmas is:
… a week of bebopping the Greek islands next summer.
… that we Americans would take and use all our allotted vacation time. We’re killing ourselves!
…that I had a new Eagle Creek Tarmac International Carry-On. (I wore the old one out!)
…that airlines renewed pre-deregulation ticket reciprocity rules for missed flights.
…that we got an honest 24-hour stay in a hotel when we paid for a room.
… that I could participate in the 2017 world travel championship – The Global Scavenger Hunt.
… that all nations shared a common electrical plug.
… a long weekend of bliss with my wife at a cozy riad in Marrakesh…in February.
… I could afford dinner at Thomas Keller’s Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry.
…. that I didn’t have to tip service workers and they made a living wage.
…that international roaming charges weren’t such a rip off.
… that TSA was consistent–Do the shoes stay on or off? Laptop out or not?
… that frequent flyer programs didn’t constantly change by always upping the requirements.
… I could take my son ice skating on a frozen Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada.
… that US airports were quieter. (Do we really need those obnoxious 24/7 TSA announcements –15+ years running!?)
… I could take my daughter to visit here namesake–Petra, Jordan.
… that travelers had more empathy for each other and commonsense etiquette returned.
… that airlines had one standard size for carryon bags and enforced it.
… I could see the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun in one calendar year. Greedy I know!
… that travelers would look less into their smartphones and see what and who’s around them.
… that Namibia wasn’t so far away.
… that the FAA would get serious about stopping fools from directing drones near airports.
… airlines would squash the discontent caused by reclining seats.
… for a US-version of real consumer protections and Air Passengers Rights — other nations have them!
… an overhead bin central-locking system, only accessible when the seat belt sign has been turned off.
… I didn’t suffer from sunscreen guilt now.
…Christmas in London next year.
Finally, Santa, I wish for a Star Trek-like transporter system. Pretty please!
Thank you, Santa, and Merry Christmas too!
P.S. Enjoy our cookies and milk by the fireplace.
P.S.S. I think the lady of the house made them too sweet. Sorry!
That’s my Santa Christmas wish list; I know, click my heels together and hope hard, right!?
What is on your travel wish list for 2017?