Except for travel and weather forecasts, there aren’t many things with which I have a love and hate relationship.
Knowing new places attracts me like a magnet. Getting to and from somewhere is the party breaker.
My husband differs though. He thinks that just the thought of traveling and the small trip to the airport, makes him leave behind the stress of the day, and brings the image of the destination in his imagination.
It could be that I developed antibodies against pre-traveling phase, after a ‘post-traumatic-frequent-flier-syndrome’ from my corporate executive life! Experiencing the aftermath of missing flights and delays, and staying longer somewhere I hadn’t intend to, made me long for just staying home.
The uninteresting part starts with packing. I don’t like it – although years of corporate life made me a wizard, as I can easily spend a week away with just a carry on.
I like shoes. but I’m no Imelda Marcos. I still can count them and haven’t stolen money from my country coffers to have them. Is my disclaimer clear? Ok, to those who doubt me, yes, you can survive with just two pairs of shoes for a whole week.
The smart part is to fit all ‘dangerous’ items – perfume, deodorant, moisturizers, cleaning gels, make up, etc. inside those dreadful plastic sacks. I make trade offs. Not all your preferred creams come along with you; you’d better buy new ones at your destination and gain precious time by not checking in luggage.
Packed? Checked in online? Boarding pass scanned? Hotel address at hand? Passport? Telephone and charger? Computer or tablet? Books? Did I forget something? is a very relevant question. Having a small check list works wonders.
Now to the airport. I rather spend time waiting at the gate by leaving home well in advance than eating my heart raw while in a traffic jam. Public transport – depending on which place you are – is a sure choice to get you there in time. If not, book a taxi well in advance in both places. And if you’re planning on visiting touristic places, book tickets online. Remember, no lines!
Now to the passport control and security lines. If we are traveling within the European Union we may carry only our national identification and travel freely within the so-called Schengen area. That already saves some time. Security check lines’ though, are not predictable and we’d better factor some extra time to pass through them.
Made it to the gate? Great. I grab my reading gear and relax. Some say that life is the journey and not the destination. If it is about traveling, I disagree; I don’t like the hassle before and can’t wait to get to the destination.
Think of this: besides self online check in we also now do self baggage drop off. Technology is replacing old processes. I’m waiting eagerly for the day when someone invents self tele transportation and I can travel with a blink of an eye just like my husband does with his imagination.