I don’t drive, which is a difficult idea for some people to comprehend.
Generally, it works out fine. I live in a city with pretty good public transportation, I like to walk a lot, and I’m married to someone who does drive (though I very rarely ask her to drive me somewhere since I made a choice not to get a license I feel like I can’t expect her to chauffeur me around! Plus there are many ways to get places so it isn’t too much of a problem. At least that’s my side of the story!).
The only times in my life that I’ve been even slightly annoyed by my lack of the ability to legally operate a motor vehicle is when I am traveling. Specifically when I’m trying to leave, or go to, an airport outside of Philly.
In Philly it is super easy for me to get to the airport and I even have several options. However, one option I’ve never considered was walking.
That is until I read this post in which Ian describes his various successful, and not so successful, walks from airports to downtown locations.
I feel inspired!
It also reminded me of our recent trip to Ireland.
We started in Dublin and ended up in Dublin, but I knew for that last night we didn’t want to stay too far from the airport since we had an earlish flight. I booked us a room at the Maldron Hotel which claims to be the closest hotel to the Dublin airport. A claim which I assumed was true, but I didn’t realize exactly how close it was.
Once we parked our rental car (which we had planned to return in the morning) and checked it we realized it was a 5 minute walk to the airport. We decided to return the car a night early and then just walk back to the hotel and walk to the airport in the morning.
It was honestly such a great decision. Not only did we get a little exercise, but it was so stress free returning the car without the pressure of our flight time hanging over us.
What I’m saying here is simple: walk to the airport.