I have an absolute love of travel. And an absolute hatred of it. We’ve traveled a lot of different ways in our marriage and each one has its positives and negatives.
Of course, we started off with road trips. Short ones at first, which tend to be easy and relatively stress-free. Those are easy and rarely get me frazzled as long as they aren’t a surprise.
Once we get longer than a few days, packing becomes the issue. Rationally I know that I can buy something if I leave it at home. And rationally I also know that the likelihood of needing all of the meds in our bathroom on any trip are nil. But…what if we get sick and can’t find a drugstore? Or the weather changes dramatically and now I am freezing/sweating to death?
So, of course I overpack. Snake has become good at walking that fine line between trying to fit the house into a suitcase and limiting me to the point where I am anxious before we leave.
Flying is an even bigger issue for packing but we are lucky to usually be able to fly on the one that allows us two free bags. I love to fly and the actual flight never makes me nervous. It’s the getting-to-the-airport-parking-checking-in-going-through-security-getting-to-the-gate-hoping-it-is-on-time-hoping-we-make-the-connection-finding-a-bathroom-getting-food-getting-a-car-or-other-transportation-to-get-to-the-hotel time that makes me crazy.
I try to break the trip into sections that I win. Made it to the airport and flight is on time and we get through security with no delay? Win!! On the plane and in my seat? Win!! Land and we have time for the bathroom and food and to get on the next plane? Win!! Get to our destination and have our bags and get the transportation? Win!! Get to the hotel and into our room? Total win!!!
Our favorite way to travel lately has been cruising. There is still some travel to and from but once we are on the ship? We unpack and I can totally relax. We don’t have to worry about getting from one place to another and someone feeds us and gives us activity options. Even shore excursions are easier than planning it by ourselves. It is a huge splurge and we don’t do it often but it is magical.
So, for this Christmas, travel is definitely a thing. Flights before and after the holiday, which will be chaotic and make me crazy. Too many people and too little space. Followed by some wonderful people and some that I wish I never had to interact with again. Weird food and not enough introverting followed by more flights.
Luckily Snake will be there to smooth the way and you can bet that I will be prepared for summer and blizzards in Portland and be the one who has the traveling drugstore.