Now there are two stories, two perspectives…
So you are all ready to go. I’ve designed a great trip for you. You are packed, you have your luggage, you have your passport, you have your money, you have your itinerary. But there is one thing that’s not on that itinerary, and these are the bumps, the surprises, the things that are unexpected that can happen along the way on your trip. Things like a delayed flight or a canceled flight, you overslept, you missed a tour, your passport was lost, your phone was stolen, you missed a train…The list can go on and on. There are 30 years of stories I can tell.
But with a little planning and with a little foresight, you can avoid some of these things, and time can be your best friend or it can be your worst enemy. So if you buffer in enough time at the airport, or get to a tour ahead of time, you can avoid what could be disastrous.
Recently, I left my purse in the security bin and got all the way down, way into another terminal, and realized that I was missing something. Of course, I hurried back. I got the purse, and I went on my way. Had I not had the extra time buffered in, that mistake would have been just a horrible beginning to a trip.
And then there was the woman that I met in Tuscany. She lost her luggage. We actually, she didn’t lose her luggage, her luggage never showed up. She confessed, “Annie, this is the best thing that could’ve happened.” She said, “I’m completely relieved. I will only travel this way from now on. I have no burden of clothes, of shoes, of what to wear, what to carry.” She said, “It was such a relief, this is the way I’m going to travel in the future.” And she had a big smile on her face.
On the same trip, I’m at the airline counter checking in to come home, and the ticket agent at the counter asked the gentleman next to me, “So you’ve spent two weeks in Italy, how was it?” And he grumbled, “Well, there’s an awful lot of walking.”
Now there are two stories, two perspectives. So I tell you that to say simply that my hope is with a little change of perspective, you can go from an anxious tourist to a confident traveler.