Jul 10 2019

A few words about "Fly me to you"

You don't have to be partying on your yacht in Dubai to explore this option- it's more attainable than you might think, at least with me.

We (providers) all have our own rules, for our own reasons, and I'm not trying to knock anyone elses.  But I want to tell a story about something that happened to me this week, that illustrates just how realistic an option "Flying me to you" might be.

I was home in Chicago, preparing to leave for DC early the next morning, when I got a call from a prospective client. He had misunderstood some aspect of my schedule, and we were going to miss meeting eachother this trip.  Then, he had a great idea- "Why don't you come to South Carolina on your way to DC?" At first I laughed but he got on the internet and did a quick search, and offered to replace my plane ticket with one to Myrtle Beach, and another one from there to DC about 8 hours later.

I am not one to sit around ready-to-go, waiting for the phone to ring with a last minute booking, but I have no problem with short notice or spontaneous adventures when the timing works out.  I was able to do it, so I did, and I'm so glad I did, because it was a day I will never forget! We rode some amusement park rides, took a quick dip in the ocean, and had $50 worth of seafood delivered to a $75 motel room where we spent the last few hours before he took me back to the (small and very convenient!) airport where I flew to DC.  He drove back to his home a couple hours away.

I love nice things (especially if they are made of lace or leather!) and luxury dining and travel, but I have been on fancier trips with wealthier friends, and not had half as much fun. I don't mind flying coach- I'm 4'11 and 110 pounds, I don't feel cramped by the seats. I don't mind modest accomodations- when I get a 5 star room, it's for my friends' comfort, not mine.  As long as the room is clean-ish and the wifi works, I'm a happy camper. 

Hiring a companion is expensive. There's no glossing over that.  It's going to be out of reach, for many people who would enjoy it if they could- especially longer engagements, trips and overnights. I'm probably never going to meet you if you're poor.  But people, myself included, are neither rich nor poor.  Flying me to Myrtle Beach and spending the day with me was not something this man could do every week, or even every month. But it cost him less than a middle class American might spend on a Louis Vuitton handbag, or a Jet Ski, or a weekend in Las Vegas.  Is everyone you know with a Jet Ski or a crazy Vegas story "rich"?

Be creative, and don't be afraid to ask me to do something a little crazy... if I played by the rules, or expected everything to be perfect all the time, I'd be a very different person leading a very different life, and you'd probably never meet me then, either.