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Travel Tales and Tips

(photo of Maria on Mt Etna) "This page is dedicated to all who share the travel bug. Due to the demands of my day job, it is always a work in progress. Check back regularly for new adventures! Enjoy!" --Maria

7 Steps to Overcoming No Do Overs Traveler's Angst

Set Priorities, Plan, and Relax

For most people, the opportunities for travel do overs are rare. How many trips of a lifetime can the average person take? A bad experience (or no experience) at that one important sight/activity could ruin an entire trip.

Happily, there are ways to overcome this:

1. Set priorities. What are the most important places? What are the one or two things to see/do that will make your trip? Identify those things and place them prominently in your itinerary. Instead of visiting all of the ancient architectural/historical sites, for example, pick the one or two that interest you the most.

2. Allow extra time for unforeseen situations, like inclement weather, missed connections, and traffic jams.The corollary is to plan light, non-critical activities on the first and last day of the trip. If your flight is cancelled on Monday and your bucket list item is scheduled for Tuesday, you will miss it.

3. Accept the fact that unfortunate delays do occur. It is your attitude that influences how you handle them.

4. Have a Plan B. What would be a good substitute for your top place/activity if you miss it? Sometimes Plan B turns out to be better than Plan A.

5. Try to spend 2 nights in each town or city unless the area is small or doesn't have much that is important to you. Nothing makes a vacation seem like a forced march than sleeping in a different town every night.

6. Relax. Enjoy the travel experience as it unfolds. Sometimes the best memories are made as a result of unexpected changes.

7. Allow for the possibility of actually returning to the area at a later date.

As you might have noticed, many of these steps fall into the categories of trip planning and outlook on life. Give them a try and let me know how you do.


In Memoriam

(well-traveled suitcase)

How do I say goodbye to a suitcase that has carried my stuff on all of my domestic trips throughout the 90ís and well into the first decade of the 21st century?


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