I've never done international travel (other than a quick trip to London) and will be traveling to Tanzania next June. There are a few flight options but I'm looking for feedback from people who have traveled internationally before. The primary options are:
A) A much more direct route, 19hrs total travel time, with a 3.5 hr layover in Addis Ababa. This flight is a few hundred more expensive than option B per person and has an extra 1" of legroom.
B) A flight plan that gives us an 8.5 hr, daytime, layover in Istanbul, enough time to get out and do a couple hour tour of the city but includes two overnight flights. This trip 27+hrs total travel time and is cheaper.
Would you get wanted the shortest travel time because international travel sucks and it's worth the money to have a shorter travel time or would you try to shoehorn a quick trip to a city that you would never otherwise visit in your lifetime?
I have my own preference (option B) but I don't have an experience to weight my preference against and I don't want to regret the decision. Either flight is within my budget for the trip.