I Have To Admit, I Am Nervous About My Upcoming Trip
I have a trip coming up in less than a week, my first “big” trip since the pandemic hit. No, I am not leaving the US, but going to Alaska kind of feels like going to another country, doesn’t it? The almost 8 hour flight is about how long it takes me to get to Western Europe after all. And if I am being completely honest, I am nervous about this trip. It isn’t because of the pandemic or because I fear getting sick etc. I am starting to think that I feel nervous because I am travel rusty.
Throw in the fact that nothing is easy travel wise these days. I have been talking about how travel is going to be a hot mess this summer for weeks now and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. That plays a part in it for sure, but I think not being in the swing of things does as well.
Travel Feels A Little Different Now
Normally I am going somewhere every two to three weeks or so. During my normal travel year I average between 20-25 trips, a point where it felt like too much honestly. It got so bad that I admitted to being addicted to travel and that I needed a break. I never thought a pandemic would be that much needed break but here we are. Did I cause this thing all on my own? I wish I had that much power 😂, so moving on.
So I am used to fitting travel in on a regular basis. And while I traveled a few times during the pandemic it was nowhere near normal. I would also say that the trips were pretty straightforward. This upcoming trip is anything but. We are talking about some moving parts, multiple hotels (finally used some Choice points!) and multiple cities during our visit. That normally wouldn’t be much of a daunting task but when you are rusty as 💩 it puts doubt in your mind.
Shaking Off The Built Up Rust
Normally I am confident in what I am doing, I am a well oiled machine. But now hiccups mean long wait times or hours on chat to get fixes. I mean our flight to Anchorage has only changed time like 7 times now.
I find myself double and triple checking our bookings and I just hope car rental carmageddon hasn’t hit Anchorage for the busy summer season quite yet. You guys all know how much I looooove renting cars too. There seems to be so many potential pitfalls that it gives me pause, or better yet anxiety like Bethany Walsh said during our recent chat in the MtM Diamond Lounge.
I guess my point of this post is to say that if you have been feeling the same way that you are not alone. We have been homebound for the better part of a year, or more, so rust is bound to build up. While we may not be worried about the act of traveling we could still have apprehension about our rusty skills and trying to get from point a to b. God forbid something goes wrong. We used to be carnival acts that could jump through any number of hoops, now it seems like we are playing against a stacked deck in the post pandemic travel landscape.
But this is all likely fear without cause. At least that is what I tell myself. We know what we are doing and to be honest it will probably be like riding a bike. So whenever you get to scratching that travel itch, know you aren’t alone having anxiety about the ever changing rules or double guessing all of your bookings. Realize that many of us are right there with you. Just remember, we haven’t forgot how to pedal that bike! All we need is a few trips under our belts to get back into the swing of things!