Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Around the World in Tiny Planes


While I fly frequently all over the world, I’ve never had the chance to fly in a tiny plane.  There are reasons for this: most of my flight destinations are highly conventional, and if I need to get somewhere random, I get there overland.

It’s just as well.  Some of my friends have flown in tiny planes, and the landings were scary — particularly in Nantucket.  That’s one place I’ll never be flying.

Still, those flights were all commercial and not charter.  If I were to book an international air charter, here are the top places that would be on my list:

The Caribbean

Believe it or not, I’ve never been to the Caribbean.  I’ve swam in the Caribbean Sea in Cancun, but I don’t think that counts.

What better way to experience the Caribbean than to book an air charter with several of my friends and fly out to a private island?  Maybe Necker Island, or better yet, an island without a name already.  Extra points for a water landing.

Days in the sunshine, sipping from a coconut — I have the feeling the Caribbean and I would get along quite well.

The Pacific

Friends of mine have told me that island-hopping in the Pacific is no easy task.  You have to take a series of flights to get almost anywhere.  It’s no wonder most people choose to get around by charter flights.  Without them, it could take you a week to get to the island of your choice.

As much as I want to go to Hawaii, my number one choice in the Pacific is much more remote: the Cook Islands.  Aitutaki and Rarotonga look absolutely gorgeous.  And they have yet to be discovered by most mainstream tourism.


Now, this is definitely an offbeat destination, especially when compared with the previous two.  But a charter flight is pretty much the only way to reach this icy destination — either from Canada or Iceland.

I can’t tell you how much I want to discover this barren country that so very few people see, exploring the fjords, the tiny towns, meeting the people.  Whether hanging out with polar bears or daring to plunge into the Arctic, Greenland would be an adventure the likes of which I would likely never see again.

And what would get me there?  In all circumstances, a charter flight from another country.

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