The Life of a Traveler
Life lesson #1:
learning to deal with the unexpected
(over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be posting a bit about what I’ve learned in my travels over the years, in preparation for my upcoming month-long trip to Southeast Asia!!!!)
Although my desire to be kind to our planet does make me feel guilty about all the airplane fuel being used, my curiosity about different cultures and other ways of life always seems to win out. I fell in love with traveling after a whirlwind trip around Europe taken with my friend/sister (we’ve known each other since we were born – our parents are friends) after we graduated university. Since then I’ve lived in England, Australia, traveled all over Europe, been to the north of Africa, Hong Kong, around the States and Canada. I have loved it. Every few months I feel the urge to explore. And I do. I’m coming up on a month-long trip to Thailand, Cambodia and visiting my friends in Melbourne, Oz.
One of the biggest life lessons I have learned through all my traveling is learning to take life in stride, realizing that no matter how many plans you make there will always be unforeseen circumstances that change your direction a little. There is always a delayed flight, or lost luggage, or unexpected weather. There are hostel or hotel rooms that don’t look at all like the photos on their website, or a gecko who lives in the bathroom and you have to shower beside (this actually did happen to the same “sister” and I during a trip up the east coast of Australia). The best thing you can do is go with the flow, look at the positives, laugh a lot, and make the best of what you have. Either way, it will be a great story to tell your friends and family when you get back.
This lesson has really helped me over the past few years, dealing with big things like changes in life or in my world views, and little things like when a recipe I’m cooking doesn’t work out and I’m having guests over for dinner or the internet goes down and I can’t post my blog (which happened yesterday, hence the Thursday post). There’s always something you can’t plan for and the best thing to do is make the most of it and smile. This philosophy has made all those little and big things much easier to deal with.
My “sister” (who is also going on this trip with me), is a planner and I am not, which is the best of both worlds. I help her plan a little and she lets me take the reins when the unexpected happens. We’ve both learned a little from each other and we rely on each other’s strengths to make our adventure the best it can be. I’m looking forward to it, what surprises we’ll encounter this time, and what they will teach me!
Next week I’ll talk about another big life lesson I’ve learned while traveling.