Toronto Pearson International Airport – By: Tiara Terry
On May 26, 2018, I had the opportunity to travel abroad for the very first time through a study abroad offered at Michigan State University, where I am currently a fifth year senior studying journalism.
I was very excited for my first trip abroad, I had been preparing for it for the last month, what could possibly go wrong?
How about missing your flight for starters!
One of the first mistakes I made before leaving for my trip was, staying out till 5a.m. to hang with friends the night before I left.
The second mistake I made was procrastinating on getting tasks done for the trip.
The morning of the trip, I still had to wash three loads of laundry, pack my bag and visit my dad before I left.
To save money, I decided to fly out of Toronto, Canada. My flight was scheduled to leave at 11:05p.m. To ensure that I had enough time to get to Toronto, which is 3 1/2 hours away from Detroit, I knew that I had to be on the road no later than 5:30p.m. to get to the airport two hours before my flight took off.
By time I finished all three tasks, stopped to get food and get gas we were finally on our way at 6:30p.m.
I knew we were running behind but I was still very hopeful that I would have at least an hour to get through TSA.
Unfortunately, we got held up at the Canadian border for about 45 minutes due to traffic.
At that point, my arrival time would be 10:50p.m. There was no way I was going to make it.
Luckily, for $285, I was able to transfer my flight, and was able to fly out early the next morning.
Toronto Pearson International Airport is probably the best airport that I have ever been to. Their TSA is less hectic, the airport carries top name brand stores such as Burberry and Ferragamo, and their waiting areas have iPads for entertainment.
What made my experience amazing was the fact that the planes offered all of the amenities that a person would need for traveling over-seas. Air Canada provided blankets and pillows, two complimentary meals, free movies and headphones and had adjustable seats.
I felt like I was in first class, it was very relaxing.
When I landed, it was an adventure trying to get to Paddington Station. It was my first time on the Tube and I must say, their public transportation is well up kept and way more advanced than the U.S.
After Troy and I met up, we walked 15 minutes to my apartment and I was finally able to settle in and catch up with my classmates.
My first travel experience abroad was a bit hectic, but overall, the good outweighed the bad and I am grateful that I was still able to attend the trip after missing my flight to London.