Sunday, June 14, 2020

Don't wait

First of all, I'm still here. Thanks to everyone who commented and wanted to keep reading. I didn't even know some of you read here, so that was a nice surprise. I haven't yet pulled the trigger to go private, but I have your emails when I do, and will make sure you are included in the invite.

Recently I got an email from one of the hotels where I had made a reservation in Iceland. "Thanks for staying with us," it said cheerily. I felt grumpy. Not only had I NOT stayed there (because the border is closed due to covid), but they had also kept my money. While I had accepted the loss of my trip, this was just another reminder of how impossible travel is right now.

Still, this made me think of my past travels. It would have been easy to put them off, to say I didn't want to spend the money, the logistics were too hard, I didn't speak the language, it was too scary. But I went. I went to places like Nepal, Tanzania, New Zealand, Antarctica. I climbed mountains, trekked deep into the wilderness, saw amazing animals, and went sailing with locals. 

If I hadn't done these things, if I had told myself I would wait till later, I might never have gone. Travel is going to be very different now, maybe for years. I wouldn't trade those memories for anything. I'm so glad I didn't wait.
On the way to climb Kilimanjaro

10 comments:

  1. Great photo--I hadn't seen that one before.

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  2. Yes don't wait. I find myself torn on the subject at the moment. This automated world doesn't really speak to us. Messages get sent like so many other junk mail pieces but have little real value.

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    1. I'm so glad for all my travels. There will be a level of concern now while traveling and I don't know when that will ever change.

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  3. My brother and SIL have been living in Germany for nearly two years now and have enjoyed the ability to travel to so many countries from there. With the borders being closed, they are now planning on returning to the US because they can't travel anymore. Of course, getting a flight out of Germany has been a challenge on its own...but yeah. Travel is (always?) going to be so different now. We took for granted that we could always fly to Hawaii when we were ready. Who knows when we'll feel comfortable enough to be on an airplane.

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    1. I think I would get on a plane but I still can't get to the places I want to go.

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  4. My husband and I also had a few trips planned and had to cancel. While we may not be doing a lot of flying or cruises in the near future, I do believe we are going to do lot more car travel. Which will be fine, because we will take our little dog with us. If you do decide to go private, I also would like to be on your list.

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    1. I will stick to local travel too. I'll add you to the list.

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  5. Ohhh that email was insult to injury!!!

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    1. I know! I felt like answering it but it was a "no reply."

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