Traveling is an adventure. As I hopped into the car for the airport this morning I whispered my favorite line from my favorite Pixar movie,
“Adventure is out there!”
I have thought about that line quite a bit over the past few days. Mostly while listening to the Secret Life of Walter Middy soundtrack and dreaming about watching the Aurora Borealis in Reykjavik. Tonight I am realizing that while adventure is out there, that line is vague for a reason. When you travel you set yourself up for an adventure, but you never quite know what KIND of adventure you are going to get.
For example – I thought my first adventure was going to be sipping coffee in the arctic circle and taking photos on the bridge between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Instead my first adventure entailed flight cancellations due to weather in Iceland and getting stuck for a day and a half in Washington D.C.
Still an adventure… just not the one I was looking for. Can I complain? No. I signed up for this.
However right now I am kicking myself for being WAY too organized. I like to lock down the minutest details of my trip before heading out. I like to know how I am going to spend my every second on the ground of Europe. The problem is that I lined up everything so tight that now that one domino fell I am watching plan after plan after plan wither away into the wind (literally, the wind is the reason I can’t fly into Iceland in the first place).
I planned and paid for EVERYTHING from hotels and bus tickets to shuttles and tours. Now I am finding out that a lot of that stuff is non-refundable and I am going to waste a lot of money on adventures I won’t be able to take.
At this moment I am wishing that I was either much more spontaneous or had the good sense to buy travel insurance. Never find yourself between those two extremes!
Anyhow, I’ve got a day in D.C. to do some of the things I never had time to do when I was here with my family. My main goal is to see the Library of Congress. It isn’t exactly the Northern Lights, but hey it is another place on my bucket list so I really can’t complain.
Heres to a new travel philosophy for my trip. Less stressing over details and more spontaneous adventure (stemming from proper planning of course. We want to stay safe guys, we always want to be safe). More going with the flow and embracing adventures as they come.
GUESS WHAT? My new tickets gets into London a bit early so I’ll be stopping in Oxford on my way to Wales.
Adventure is out there, you just never know what kind of adventure.