~ Bre in Dublin ~
Making plans helps relieve any anxiety about traveling I have to an unknown place, especially to a place where I don’t know the language. One of my fears (and I’ve seen this committed by various nationalities, even though Americans are more famous for this faux pas) is doing something foolish or worse disrespecting the culture with which I’m visiting. So I plan. Remember Miranda in Sex and the City 2 when she studied a travel book on Abu Dhabi culture and taught the other women about the traditions and lifestyles? Well, that’s me. Now, I’m not likely to stroll down a marketplace half naked like Samantha, but that’s my fear. On the surface I may seem calm, relaxed, and give the impression I know what I’m doing, but deep down, without my itinerary in hand, I’m quite the nervous traveler.
Lap of Luxury
I feel a little ridiculous typing this, but my first confession is that I don't like to fly coach. I know how horrible that sounds, but it’s the truth, and isn’t that what confessions are all about? I love to travel, but for me, the worst part of traveling is the journey. It’s not a fear of flying, or enclosed spaces. I’m just a girl that likes her space. I get easily overwhelmed by sounds and smells, and flying in a tin can packed full of people is a huge anxiety trigger for me. Besides, eating real food with real cutlery and unlimited wine is just so darn nice! I’m lucky that my husband understands and shares my first class desires. Years ago we agreed that any flight over three hours in length warranted the extra expense. We’re also incredibly fortunate that my husband has enough air miles logged to usually get an upgrade, so we manage to minimize our costs. But there have been times where I’ve paid full price for a business class ticket and didn’t even feel bad. I have never regretted spending that money, especially on those flights when I’ve flown eight hours to England, followed by another thirteen to Hong Kong! Talk about money well spent! Besides, I need the luggage allowance afforded to business class passengers, which leads me to my second confession.
Not a Light Packer
The beauty of business class is that baggage allowances are generous. I'm allowed two, sometimes three, bags with a weight limit of 70 lbs each. Good thing, since my bag usually weighs about 50 lbs just leaving home! Add in all the purchases I make, and I’m always coming back home with my bags sporting the bright orange “heavy” tag. I have no idea why my luggage is so heavy. I use super light luggage, and I rarely overpack. I only bring enough shoes for the few outfits that I mix and match. One hair appliance, a makeup bag, and a toiletries kit, and that's it. Admittedly, the items in my toiletries bag account for any possible emergency, because you never know what could happen! I used to envy people that could go away for a week and just take a carry-on bag. I don’t know how they do it! I’ve stopped trying and have embraced my heavy packing ways. I don’t pack light and I’m proud of it!
So now you know their dirty little travel secrets.
What are yours?