Diary of a Wimpy Traveler
I’m not a wimpy person, per se’. I certainly appreciate the spontaneous, the adventurous and the unplanned things that make life interesting. I do, however, like things a certain way when I travel. I don’t need luxury (although I appreciate it) and I don’t need someone to hold my hand and tell me what to do (never used a travel agent). To me, half the fun of traveling is finding the place, doing the research and making a plan. I volunteer to plan other people’s vacations because I think it’s fun. I do all these things with excruciating precision, which makes me wonder…am I missing an essential experience of travel by planning and obsessing over every detail? I know where we’re going, where we’re eating, how we’re getting there, where we’re staying and, if you’re traveling with me, I know those things about you too.
A friend of mine, who certainly embraces a no-holds-barred approach to everything, shared that her husband accused her of “being addicted to comfort.” Now, in my house, that would end badly…for The Mister, anyway. The truth is, after years of planning household moves (14), family vacations, other people’s family vacations and teaching a roomful of lively 5 year olds how to read (all of which require the planning skills of a 4 star general), the thought of not knowing everything ahead of time makes me uncomfortable.
My move to London is a game-changer. I’m not moving, I don’t have to plan my day around those darling 5 year olds and my own children are adults (or act like it most of the time). Maybe it’s time to try something different. Something outside my pre-planned comfort zone. Perhaps… it’s time for a little adventure. So, I’m making a travel list and checking it twice (or three times…old habits die hard). I’m vowing to take advantage of the last-minute, the un-planned, the serendipitous travel opportunities I see on my travel account everyday. I start this week with my first house-sitting job in the English countryside. Hey, you have to start somewhere. I might even get crazy and call a travel agent.
Are you a planner when you travel? Have you ever left on a trip without “a plan?”
PS. To all those who are or will be traveling with us this year, fear not. I still plan on organizing the hell out of your trips. You’re welcome.
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