So here I am sitting in yet another airport, about to board yet another plane bound for yet another destination.
I travel between 240-300 days per year (and have done so for the past 7 years) to many places around the world (Australia/New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the US). Traveling can be an interesting experience on human endeavors – what makes a good traveller v’s tourist; how people cope with stress and the fundamentals of travelling successfully really all do really depend on the person. The people you meet are indeed interesting, the experiences you lived do help to round out your personality, and if you look and allow yourself to think – the appreciation for what you have will also improve.
Traveling as much as I do certainly has lost some of the intrigue and glamour I once had given it, but I still do really enjoy it. I still love take off, and I love a bit of turbulence. When I started travelling the anticipation and the excitement of researching, booking and receiving the confirmations were indeed a very strong part of the wonder of something new. But alas now, with many aspects of the journey becoming stale, problematic or even loathsome there are ways that you try to just get through it.
I find that above all else, patience is what will allow you to keep your sanity. The little idiosyncratic behaviors of others that would test the patience of saints are just their little thing that they need to do to get them through their day and journey; and they can be extremely entertaining and amusing. Sometimes they will be down right annoying, rude and may interfere with yours, but essentially they are quite amusing. I will admit that I have my own – and they are indeed odd, but I do own them.
Traveling as much as I do has allowed me to experience the wonders of being in the top tier frequent flyer programs and enjoy their benefits, which do assist with making the journey a little more pleasant, however it still isn’t glam. It was pointed out to me several years ago that the programs were designed not necessarily to reward frequent flyers, but more to applogise and acknowledge the fact that you bear witness to some things that are not in their advertisements, or they want you to see. Their are better programmes than others, and their certainly are much better airlines than others.
I will admit that I do get to travel predominately at the pointy end of the plane, I am grateful, but travelling as much as I do having some solitude and ease helps greatly. But it really doesn’t matter, people are still people and people on planes are just weird: Here are some observations:
I am sure there are many more tips I can share about travelling, and look forward to doing this as I continue my journeys around the world.
Remember to survive the journey – relax, be patient and watch the people around you for amusement. Things go wrong from time to time; you have very little control if any, so enjoy the situation as it arises.