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We all know that things don’t always go to plan in life and of course this can be very true when you travel. Things going wrong is just part of the deal.
I know this as well as the next person.
But like anything in life, if the bad luck/misfortune just keeps on coming, there is a point where you start to feel like you need to be cut a little slack.
A lot of things went wrong in very short space of time on my last trip to Europe…
I acknowledge that these are all very much first world problems but, needless to say…I was about ready throw up my arms and bellow…WTF!!
In a second my world changed; and crumbled a little, as it does when you lose someone you love.
Missed flights, airport immigration lines, money and illness suddenly seemed so insignificant….
But that’s not how life works.
Individually these inconveniences seemed important, but really…who cares if once in your life you have to stand in line for 3 hours?
And there were so many wonderful things happening as well.
It’s a good reminder that life is no fairytale. And instead of resisting the difficulties we should try to take them in our stride. Things don’t always go to plan, people disappoint you, and you definitely can’t always please everyone. And this is all true when you travel.
My Nan was a great traveller and she always encouraged my love for travel. She often used to say “enjoy every moment, darling”.
I’m sure my Nan didn’t specifically mean standing in lines at Heathrow immigration or ridiculously priced taxis or close-calls with pneumonia…but…she has a very good point, just the same.
So, the moral of the story…
Always carry extra reading material when you fly, don’t talk too much (how boring!)…and remember to take your vitamins