Plans Change

I’m sure by now you have noticed that the theme of flexibility runs throughout many of my posts about travel. And I’m going to talk about it again because you know you love it. Recently my dad and brother came to Athens to visit for the holidays. Originally my mom was supposed to come too, but she decided to put off coming until spring. Was I bummed?? Absolutely, yes! But I didn’t want to let that affect how I felt about my brother and dad coming. I was still excited because I haven’t seen them in over a year, and wallowing about my mom wouldn’t have made them feel welcome or loved.

Just because things change doesn't mean you can't have a good time.

With this in mind, one of the most important things I want you to remember about traveling is that things change! Nothing in life is static, and you already know that. Now apply this knowledge to traveling and be determined not to let the circumstances you are in dictate your feelings. Go into every situation with the attitude that you will take something positive out of the experience, even if it is learning what to avoid doing next time. Things like weather, and political turmoil are bound to change between now and when you actually take your trip. Remember that you need time to plan, which means there is also time for something like a natural disaster to happen in the meantime. This doesn’t always mean you need to cancel your trip, but that you might need to make some adjustments.

Of course you could also carry the idea of flexibility over into other aspects of your life, but this is a travel blog, not a life blog, so do as you please.

May you have a blessed 2012 and may it be a year full of joyous travels!


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