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When I was younger I would fly by the seat of my pants. Yes, I didn’t want to make any plans just let life happen by. Now, as I’m a bit more “seasoned” as they say, I’ve learned to have some things set up and ready to go when I leave home and travel.
What are they?
Travel Insurance - I have learned the hard way that it’s always good to protect my travel investment. I remember a time that I didn’t because “Wow that was an extra $200 and really I was going on that vacation!” You see it was a spring break quickie vacation that I was going to take the boys and my mom to Houston Texas, nothing was going to go wrong. We were going to get on that plane no matters what! Well, four days before Easter I was in the doctor’s office getting seen and ended up on antibiotics. I was in a panic that the boys were going to catch it from me and the trip was going to be over. I was going to be out that money! Lesson learned - always get the travel protection.
Plan my “excursions” or shore trips ahead of time.
I use to always say, “I’ll just go with the flow…..” that’s great until you really want to do something and it’s sold out! Lesson learned: I wanted to see the Everglades at the end of my cruise. It was May, beautiful weather in Florida. “Ah, not worried I’m sure we will get to do it!” Nope, I ended up taking a tour of Miami. Now don’t get me wrong, it was super cool and I enjoyed every minute of it, however, I really wanted to see the Everglades. The next time I was on a cruise, it was in January. Being a Wisconsin Gal, you would think that Florida would be warm in January. I was whisking away in the Everglades in 40-degree weather with my winter jacket on! Not what I had envisioned!! Again, lesson learned!
Give myself plenty of time when I leave for the airport.
Not to give away my age, but I remember when you would just whisk into the airport stop at the ticket counter and run to the gate. Those days are no longer! I’m sure that some of my readers can’t even fathom those days! I always give myself at LEAST two hours once I’m at the airport. That will give me time to pack my car, get through security and get to the gate. I would rather be early and overpay for an airport drink than to rush and have my blood pressure go through the roof!
And those my friends are my lessons learned over the years to make a more favorable vacation. Because travel should be the most riching and rewarding thing you can do, not the most stressful.
And until next time remember Love is the Journey!
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.