Benefit of a nearby airport…

What do you do when you have a weekend, a little saved money, and live near Raleigh-Durham International Airport?  If you shop wisely, you may come across a $40 flight to NYC!  That’s what we did this week.  Having lived in the Chapel Hill area off and on for 8 years, I figured I should get some use of the close proximity (~20 mins) to a major airport.  Flights from RDU can take you all over the US: Florida, New England, Las Vegas, California…

My wife and I found a flight for $40 each way from RDU to JFK in NYC.  Sounds like a big trip for just the weekend?  Not so when you consider the flight is only an hour.  That means boarding in Raleigh at 7am and being on the metro heading to Manhattan by 9am.  We actually got in early enough to grab brunch.  Highlights included the Museum of Natural History, strolling around Central Park, checking out the nighttime skyline from the top of Rockefeller Center, and of course paying a visit to the Naked Cowboy in Time Square.

As a native North Carolinian, I love everything the Triangle has to offer.  But, sometimes a change of scenery via a brief getaway is a way to indulge in a bit of enjoyable impulsiveness.  Having RDU down the road definitely expands the options!


About Chris Nealy

I came to UNC as an undergrad studying pre-law and literature with aspirations of becoming a writer. After taking a job working direct support with teenagers with autism, I fell in love with helping people. I was recommended to study sociology by my advisor and have remained in the field ever since. After graduating and spending a couple of years doing project management for at-risk youth at a residential care facility, I returned to working with teens and young adults with autism. The courses provided through the School of Social Work have proven necessary for me to further develop the skills, knowledge, and professionalism required to effectively help on a higher level. Field education has provided some of the most unique learning experiences imaginable, from assessing preschoolers for a possible autism diagnosis to working with families to find local resources to better aid their children. Volunteering at UNC's Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), a collaborative student-operated free clinic, has provided me with the opportunity to work with various clients in a clinical setting doing things such as discussing depression, connecting with community financial resources, and guiding women through the process of pregnancy testing and discussing their options. Returning to school last year was extremely challenging, but a move necessary for me to pursue the career I have chosen: working with families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities.
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