Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World

When thinking about Day 2 of the BootsnAll 30 Days of Indie Travel Project, Embracing Change, I couldn’t help but borrow a lyric from U2. One of the aspects I love most about travel is its transformative power. You leave home open to the unknown. Anything can happen, new people, new cultures – all in pursuit of that moment when you know your life won’t be the same. It’s not to say these experiences aren’t difficult or trying. On the contrary, they can test your patience, your spirit, not to mention your budget.

Which leads me to the prompt of the day…

Day 2: Embracing Change

Change can be exciting and bring new joys into our lives. But it can frustrate or annoy us. How has travel changed you in the last year? Did you welcome these changes or did you resist them at the time, and how do you feel about them now?

Ahh, change. I’m happy to say that I am a pretty good roll with the punches kind of girl when unexpected changes occur. Flights canceled? No big deal (as long as there are other flights or a hotel stay on the horizon). Itinerary changes due to national holidays or running out of time? I’ve always ascribed to the Rick Steves’ philosophy that you can always go back.

This past year, I can think of one major change – traveling with a partner. I’m accustomed to traveling with friends or solo, but traveling with the man you love brings an entirely new dimension to your relationship. Like when you get stuck on the jetway while boarding the plane and respond with audible exasperation or lose your temper when your laid back, but oh so indecisive family can’t decide where to go eat.

It’s embarrassing when you have to own up to those personality traits that are less than flattering, especially when you know you should be a bit more understanding or take a deep breath and relax since getting worked up doesn’t help anything. Although, they say self-awareness is the first step, right?


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