Part 1: The Epic Budget Flight Journey to get to the Start!

This is a budget trip. SUPER budget. So I had to get from Cincinnati to the tiny French town of St. Jean Pied-de-Port. My journey started last Friday when Tim and I drove 4 hours from Cincinnati to Akron, where my parents live. He went back to work on Tuesday and Tuesday night, my parents drove me to Cleveland airport to catch a ride on Wow Airlines.

Wow Airlines are a new addition to many Midwest airports and provide budget travel to many European destinations, with layovers in Iceland. Yep, this is an Iceland airline. And they are BUDGET. Food, drink, water are all available to PAY for. There are no movies or technology to pass the time.

 The Cleveland departure board when I arrived! Eliminates delays on the airport's end!

The Cleveland departure board when I arrived! Eliminates delays on the airport's end!

Weirdly enough, I didn't mind this. The flight to Iceland is 5.5 hours. Iceland to Gatwick was around 4. The flight left after midnight from Cleveland so the airport was dead and stress free. Then, since there's no first class, they actually did something logical and boarded back of plane to front. We were boarded and ready to go in under half an hour! They charge for carry on bags and strictly monitor the size. I didn't pay for a seat so I was stuck on the window and found the same cramped leg room as any standard flight.

Except...there were no blankets, no eye masks, no endless loads of crap that I normally have to stash under my seat. I actually found myself MORE comfortable. That being said, I'm short.

Also, they have some snappy marketing! They are clearly targeting millennials. I'm a millennial and I'm here for it. I bought one water and one pop after security and brought on some snacks.

 Apparently one of their airplanes identifies as gay! Stay away crazy conservatives. I hear it turns millennials gay on the regular!

Apparently one of their airplanes identifies as gay! Stay away crazy conservatives. I hear it turns millennials gay on the regular!

 Even the barf bags are branded for a laugh. Obscene clouds?!?

Even the barf bags are branded for a laugh. Obscene clouds?!?

 A rather ingenious idea! They accept all leftover change of ANY currency. Coins cannot be converted back to USD so here's a great way to get rid of that extra 60 pence in your pocket.

A rather ingenious idea! They accept all leftover change of ANY currency. Coins cannot be converted back to USD so here's a great way to get rid of that extra 60 pence in your pocket.

Everything was perfectly fine until I ended up in Iceland's airport, a 4.5 hour layover, and my lack of sleep catching up to me. Luckily I found a hidden quiet place downstairs that was full of USB and European style charging plugs. So I hooked myself up a nest of technology, used some clothes for pillows and positioned myself in the paranoid "keep your bags" stance with hands through various straps. It was actually just what I needed.

There isn't shit to do in the Iceland airport. The Haribo gummy selection is nice. It's expensive as balls and you'd wish you'd just paid for the airplane food. But it was straightforward. Our flight left and arrived early in Gatwick. So no complaints here! And my nap was actually decent. Another plus point for the Iceland layover, absolutely free wi-fi. 

 Much needed nap time. I will also add that Iceland's airport has some especially harsh florescent lights, especially in the bathrooms! Just in case you never knew just HOW blotchy you really are!

Much needed nap time. I will also add that Iceland's airport has some especially harsh florescent lights, especially in the bathrooms! Just in case you never knew just HOW blotchy you really are!