What not to do when you’re flying on a J1 and you have 12 hours to kill in Heathrow airport, tells Bláithín Henehan.

Do not agree to take a 12 hour stopover on the way to your J1 destination. My advice would be not to save that 50 euro by taking the long route. I know we all want to save as much money as possible when booking our student vacation but its JUST NOT WORTH IT.

Just because we’re young doesn’t mean we can handle 36 hours of travelling.

I am currently typing from London Heathrow airport because it is 3am and I can’t sleep. Sitting in a cafe in this god forsaken airport, I might as well be in hell. There’s a sign that says ‘No Sleeping in this premises’ and an idiot that works here that has nothing better to do  than continuously ask us to take our feet off the chairs and wake anyone who dares fall asleep. I’ve lost count of how many times he has told us to leave. He’s working in a coffee shop at 3 in the morning  and has an absolute power trip. Thankfully, I’m with 11 other Irish who would rather go sober on a night out than let some “power” tripper tell us what to do.

The worst part about travelling to San Diego from Dublin is the length. My flight itinerary consists of a one hour flight to London followed by a 12 hour stopover in this awful airport. From London I have an eight-hour flight to Chicago followed by a 6 hour stopover in O’Hare airport. Finally I will arrive in San Diego at 3am Irish time on Wednesday morning having left Dublin on Monday night at 8pm.

Now I know we all think I’m young I can handle all that travelling, it’ll be fine, I just won’t sleep for two days. But I can tell you now, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

We’re not even half way there and I already miss my bed. This is my first time on a J1 and I was really excited, THAT was, before I embarked on this ridiculous journey.  I swear if my flights are delayed or I get a shit seat on the plane, I am going to scream. 

Just don’t do what we did and piss the guy off enough that you get kicked out of the only place open. You’ll end up sitting on the floor waiting for the check in desk to open; you may even cause an international incident.

Oh well, I guess we’re almost there even though we haven’t got anywhere to stay for the first night. The Fun just never stops.... to be continued.