We learn best from our mistakes, don’t we? Here are three lessons I learned from my own mistakes on my way to Madrid.
- Pack food! Airport food is expensive. I probably spent more money eating today than I will eating for a week in Spain. The airline provides a meal for the long flight over the Atlantic, but there’s only soft drinks for the shorter State-side flights. Even the peanuts cost money now! I must definitely remember to pack food for the trip home.
- Don’t forget the power cords. Now a days there are outlets all around the seating areas in airports. And free wi-fi. So whether it was blog entries, photos, or games to pass the time, I found myself using my devices more often than I thought I would. It would have been nice to be able to charge them while waiting for connecting flights rather than stressing out about how much power I had left. And the $20-$40 replacements they have for sale at the stores is not worth it!
- Carry your toothbrush and deodorant. I left these in my check-in bag thinking that security would take them, but being able to brush your teeth and put on some fresh deodorant after 20 hours of travel would be really nice. This is especially true if you happen to have stayed up all night camping before your trip…I mean, hypothetically speaking.
All three of these mistakes could have been avoided if I wasn’t so rushed getting to the airport. Don’t get me wrong, being able to see the gang one more time before leaving the country was well worth it, but being rushed will leave you ill prepeared and cause you to miss the very things you’re trying to see and experience. A pilgrimage doesn’t start once you’re in the new country, it starts at your front door. So freebie lesson number four:
- Don’t rush. Stop and see the interesting things all around you. Watch the people. Strike up some dialogue. You never know who else is traveling along side you. So often we set out to see and experience new things and we forget that what we’re really trying to do is experience ourselves in a new context. In the end, we are the experience we’re looking for.