24 Hours of Flights & Layovers

Radisson Blu - Riga, Latvia

After 24 hours of flights and layovers, I’ve arrived in Riga, Latvia. My first stop is the Radisson Blue Elizabete Hotelย and a bed near looked so good.

Radisson Blu Hotel Room, Riga, Latvia

So why do I do it? Are the flights and the layovers and the delays and the tiredness worth it? Heck yes! I would fly for another 24 hours to experience the culture, the beauty, and the people of Riga, Latvia.

Today, even though it is a little rainy and cold, I’m filled with light and sunshine as I explore Old Town and Central Market. What’s your furthest travel experience? Was it worth it in the end?

37 thoughts on “24 Hours of Flights & Layovers

  1. Riga?! I couldn’ t believe me eyes! ๐Ÿ™‚ Welcome! And I hope you will enjoy it here – even if the spring that lasted for quite some time seems to be turning back into winter. The Central Market on Saturday? Perfect choice! So is the Old Town… ๐Ÿ™‚


    • I woke up this morning to a lot of snow. I’m second guessing Riga ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Old Town was one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in my life! Stunning beauty around every corner. I’m falling in love with Latvia.

      You are blessed.



  2. Hope you have fun on your visit to Latvia – and I love how you wrote this: “Iโ€™m filled with light and sunshine as I exploreโ€ฆ.”
    ph and liked the photos as well. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. My furthest to date, was flying from Dublin to Melbourne via London, Singapore and a stopover in Sydney for my cousins wedding. Australia is such a lovely place, can’t wait to go back again.


  4. I know just how you feel. It was 40 hours of the same from Guatemala (warm and sunny ) to Cyprus and now Macedonia (cold and cloudy). But it feels like spring around here with soaking up the cultures!


  5. Kudos to a passionate traveler. The longest I’ve flown to date has been four hours with no layovers. My trip coming up will have a five-hour layover in Chicago. How boring. How do you do it? Had you managed any sleep in those 24 hours? ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Awesome!! Can’t wait to hear all about it. My furthest all-at-once travel experience was to Italy with a 3-year-old and two connections to make. It was a long “day” of travel, but went much, much better than I’d ever hoped. Have so much fun!


  7. Lesley the journey is always worth it. Soon enough one will be in the nursing home in the rocker. I can sleep then. ๐Ÿ™‚ For now every adventure available is to be treasured. Enjoy Latvia.


  8. Technically, Australia in 1982 was the longest: 38 hours from Florida to Brisbane. “Back in the day,” it was a LOT harder! However, both trips to India, in the past 10 years have been WICKED long! Each over 32 hours!! And then, arriving in India is totally overwhelming! Totally worth it, and will do it again next year, with my youngest. I’ve taken both his sibs to India; he’s next! Travel is always worth it… but it does get a lot harder, the older I get! Have an incredible time, friend!


  9. I traveled to Riga in ’95. It was a “long” trip in a metaphorical sense. I was on the train from Kiev and I didn’t have to stay. There was a rowdy group of college kids in my compartment (I was in college myself). I ended up finding out that one of the guys knew an ex-girlfriend of mine, so we hit it off. I learned that they were a choir going to perform in Riga.

    It ended up that one of their group got sick at the last minute, so they had an empty bed. I stayed with them, and I ended up having a great time.

    I should take more “long” trips like that. You never know what you’ll find along the way!


  10. About 5 years ago: Dayton, OH–Dulles (or BWI?)–Norfolk, VA–Rammstein, Germany, hot sandy place in the Middle East. Worth it? Yes and No. Kabul-no thanks-once was enough, but Muscat, Oman-anyday of the week-a beautiful place with welcoming people. Happy travels.


  11. I traveled to Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic in 2007 with the marching band. The flight was ridiculously long but it was worth every second!


  12. I went to Marrakech last year and although not the furthest, it was the worst! Our first flight was delayed so we missed our connection and were re-route through Amsterdam and Marseille. We had to camp overnight in the Marseille airport, arrived a day late in Marrakech and had no luggage (and this was supposed to be a hiking vacation in the Atlas mountains so we had to skip it since our luggage had all of our hiking gear)! But we made the best of it. Hit the souks as soon as we arrived to get some new clothes and explored the mountain villages and Essouria near the sea. In the end, it was still an amazing experience!


  13. my furthest? i’m based in indonesia, i used to fly back and forth between home and USA, during my years living in the East Coast. i flew back once every few years. those were the most tiring flights i’ve had. even more than flying to london from here.


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