remember your first flight? For many of us at BBC Travel, the answer is no. We’ve
taken to the skies so often that the trips seem to merge into one – and some of
us have been flying since before we can even remember.
But in this extremely
of two Dutch grandmothers taking to the skies for the first time, we’re instantly
reminded of how amazing it is to soar through the air and look down on the vast
beauty of our world.
a part of a Vodaphone ad campaign, the video provides an incredibly touching and
It pairs adventurous
Ria, a spunky 78 year old who always wanted to fly but was married to a man who
never would, with An, a cautious 72 year old whose husband could never convince
her to face her fear of flying. Ria is ready to jump on the plane straight
away, while An worries about everything that can go wrong. But it’s their
opposite personalities that bring the two women, who’d never met, so close
together; and the result is an uplifting display of their emotional journey – from
fear to excitement, and finally, to an appreciation of flying that is so genuine
it brought tears to our eyes.
really takes off about six minutes in, but the interviews with the women
earlier in the video are equally adorable.
Moly! To me, driving a car at 140km per hour is fast enough!”
be clouds, of course… at least that’s what I’ve heard, that you fly through
don’t know what it is, there’s no reason to be afraid."
Through their experience, from their journey on the private jet to
the overwhelming euphoria they feel when arriving in Barcelona, we’re reminded
of travelling’s remarkable ability to transform our experiences, memories and