Travel’s Downside

Sometimes, one of travel’s biggest downsides for me is having to be someplace else besides my own surroundings. It makes me feel quite discombobulated.

Whether it’s a trip I’m looking forward to or one of necessity, when I get to my destination, initially, I long for things I left at home.

Home is where I can walk around (almost) blindfolded because I know where everything is.

It’s where I don’t have to unpack.

It’s where I know how everything works and if I can’t find what I need, like the tea or a towel, it’s because I’ve put it someplace else (or I need to do the laundry!).

Home is also where I know how to get around, almost without thinking about it.

No matter how well I plan, how many lists I make, there’s alway something I forget – and it’s usually something I really need. Like the time I forgot my toothbrush. Now, that might not sound like much, but it really caused me stress until I could locate a drug store and buy one.

What did I forget this time? My moisturizer. And I know exactly where I left it too! So I’ll be in the drug store first thing in the morning trying to find one, preferably one small enough to fit TSA guidelines.

Please don’t read this and think I hate to travel or I’m letting little things spoil my trip. I don’t and I won’t. I love it! Each trip, no matter how short – whether in distance or time – teaches me something about myself, the world and people, relaxes and re-energizes me. It’s just the first few hours of adjustment to a new place when I don’t have the trappings of my life to support me.

As long as there’s a store, I’ll find what I need.

Sometimes though, it’s not as simple. Like tonight when I tried to log in, the wifi connection wouldn’t work. Thankfully, I was able to get hooked up with a dial-up modem or I would have had to miss my post for Wednesday.

So what downsides do you face when you travel and how do you handle them?

Let me know.

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5 comments on “Travel’s Downside

  1. Not being at home in my own bed puts me at unease. I have trouble sleeping, because subconsciously, I feel that I’m unsafe. The unfamiliarity of everything is difficult to deal with. One of the reasons I dislike travel. To avoid it, I don’t travel often. Haha

  2. Yes, unfamiliarity does make travel difficult. I don’t blame you for not wanting to do it. It really pushes us out of our comfort zone, that’s for sure!
    I’ve been thinking about that since I’ve been here and I’m with my sister!

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