I’m pretty excited about our upcoming ski vacation. I’ve been engaging in all the trip planning activities such as: checking the map, checking the flights, checking the hotel, looking for entertainment and restaurants.
I’m curious why I’m getting so amped up about this. As I partake in these activities with granularity that is unparalleled. I’ve mapped out the route to where we are staying, looked for local restaurants to stop at for lunch along the way. Located the grocery store and checked to see if they offer any specials. I’ve double, no, triple checked out the picture gallery of the room and read over 9 pages of reviews on line.
I’ve located the best rental car deal and know where the rental station is in relation to the airport. I’ve prepared a mental list if what I’m going to pack, how I will pack it and in what bag. I know how we’re getting to the airport and have the app. I know what seat selection options we have and have the alarm set to check in online. I’ve studied a map of the area and know the key places, like grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, bus stops, and places that we might be interested in seeing.
Why do I do all this? It almost sounds obsessive when I write it all out. I guess I want to a reasonable familiarity with the area so we don’t waste time getting lost and spend more time having fun. Maybe I’ve just travelled enough to know the hassles that I don’t want to deal with. I guess it’s the same hassles I have stripped out of my daily life at home. a certain amount of predictability, mixed with a certain amount of discovery.
The question becomes why do I travel, why not stay home? The old say goes it’s not the destination, but the journey. I don’t believe that at all, I have had my fair share of miserable journey’s and when your time off is limited I want to spend the majority of it at the destination and not stuck at an airport, in traffic, or lost. I look forward to my continued online research so I can see if the grass is really greener on the other side.