Last weekend, the Michael W Travels family headed off on our first trip of 2019 (over President’s Week break).
We headed to a destination which was the first city I ever visited in Europe- Barcelona. We also included a visit to Andorra, a first for all of us.
I was happy to find award availability for our flights using American Airlines AAdvantage miles. The only issue was the time of the flight.
Our flight from New York City’s JFK Airport was set to depart at 5:43PM. While this doesn’t sound like a bad time for a flight, I had a major issue with it.
The flight from JFK- BCN takes around 6 hours and twenty minutes when flying direct. This means that while the flight arrives in Barcelona at 7:10AM (we actually arrived early), there isn’t much time to try to get some sleep.
You’re probably wondering what the problem was?
The problem was that our early arrival in Barcelona, meant we were arriving around one hour after I’d typically be going to sleep if we were at home.
During the flight, I slept around 20 minutes, Kim said that she didn’t sleep at all and Lucas spent the whole flight watching movies. I’m pretty sure that he was close to falling asleep as the flight touched down in Barcelona. As for Theo, he napped a few hours.
Then Hotels.com screwed up our reservation, making things worse during this early time of day.
Kim and I figured that we’d do the best to have a pretty full day in Barcelona. This way, we could try to get back on track by going to sleep at a normal time.
Doing this was easier said than done. (While wandering around, Theo was able to nap in the stroller so it wasn’t as bad for him.)
After visiting a couple of sights and grabbing lunch, we headed back to our hostel. I passed out at around 4:30 and woke up at 10PM. Kim and Lucas didn’t fare much better.
From what I recall, I went back to bed at close to 2:00AM and still work up relatively early.
This continued a cycle for the trip of being tired everyday.
What do you think is the worst time of day for a flight to leave for Europe from the East Coast?