Accidental Tourist

Forget air miles, you may rack up footsteps on a heavily discounted flight

Rose Chinery ends up walking her way across West Africa while flying to Europe in the late 1950s

05 September 2021 - 00:00 By Rose Chinery

Back in the late 1950s, before jet aircraft were in service, I worked for Pan American Airways, which flew twice a week from Joburg to New York via Leopoldville and the West African cities of Accra, Monrovia, Dakar and, finally, Lisbon in Portugal, using propeller-driven Douglas DC-6B aircraft.

"Bit of a hopscotch," said my sister when she heard I was travelling on my 10% staff fare to Lisbon, then hitching a freebie on a sister airline, after which I would be travelling by train to an Austrian village where I was booked into a ski school...

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