Well, first of all, I had an absolutely fabulous week in Las Vegas. As soon as I got on the plane to come home, however, the fatigue and hunger I’d been ignoring all week hit me. All of the sudden I regretted choosing a flight that connected in Vancouver.
As I deplaned in Vancouver I hurried along my way, hoping to get to my next gate with enough plenty of time to enjoy Vancouver Airport’s traveller’s lounge (complete with hot buffet, WiFi and comfy leather seats). I knew I had to pass through customs, but it shouldn’t be too bad right?
WRONG! The lineup was massive!! It moved fairly quickly, but I still had to wait in line for 50 minutes, with a heavy backpack and a heavy purse. I was tired and hungry and cranky to say the least. Then my eyes gazed upon something… a reminder of something I had been meaning to apply for for a long time…
Nexus. Nexus is a program that allows hassle-free passage between Canada and the US. I’ve known about it for years. I’ve always thought it would be great to have that. But it wasn’t until the hot, sweaty wait in line, as I yearned for the empty Nexus line (it’s self-serve!) that I was finally motivated to apply.
As soon as I got my self to the travel lounge, I hopped online and started my application. For $50, I can bypass all the customs lines for air, land and sea crossings. Definitely worth it I’d say! Now I wait a few weeks and find out if I’m approved. The application took my an hour to do, I had to account for every minute of the past five years. Fingers crossed, everything will go smoothly, and I’ll be bypassing everyone at customs when I head to Orlando next month. And that includes my fiance who doesn’t think the $50 is worth it. Ha! We’ll see!