Cheap But Not Cheerful
Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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So with all this in mind do you think we pay full price for our flights and enjoy the included food and drinks? Of course not! Don't forget we are backpacking, but we still have the right to bag the airlines. We flew to Athens from Edinburgh via London Gatwick and it would have to be the most boring and uncomfortable flight we have had in the whole entire trip. Obviously we knew we would have to take on some food which was fine, hunger was not an issue. The main problem started small but got a little bit more annoying as the flight progressed.
There are no allocated seats on EasyJet so the earlier you check in the earlier you can board
Finding seats was easy, we thought about taking the exit row for the added leg room but decided against it as we've previously learnt the seats don't recline in that row. We thought we were very smart sitting just behind that row as they couldn't recline into our faces and meals. Opps actually you don't get meals remember. Taking a seat we then found out that in order to reduce hassles from passengers they have put in seats that do not recline at all. It's all part of the money saving strategy we guess. We just hope they didn't try to save on the engines. Maybe you can picture this - "No, no, just use one big bolt to hold the engine on. It will work just as good as four and it will save us some money!".
Without reclining seats we had no hope of falling asleep bolt upright so what to do for the 4½ hour flight. There is no on board entertainment so we ended up sitting twiddling our thumbs for the entire time which seemed to stretch for an eternity
Eventually making it to Athens, thankfully it wasn't one of those places where you actually land in some satellite suburb to save money. After a quick bus ride we were in the centre of town where at midnight all the hostels were full. Luckily we were directed to a relatively cheap hotel at 60 Euro where we collapsed into bed for a well earned sleep.
Also we'd like a give Rick's parents a big THANK YOU for coming all this way to see us while on our trip and bringing some yummy food from home. We had a great time touring Scotland and your company was appreciated. They did a great job adapting to our cheap, hostel way of life - well done. We hope you both had a great time too!