Sometimes The Best Trip Is The One You Never Take

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Sometimes The Best Trip Is The One You Never Take

No doubt about it, 2020 was the year of cancellations for sure. We all had numerous amazing trips, that we spent hours and hours creating, that we had to cancel because of the pandemic. It was something many of us had to do over and over and over again. So much so that I think we have cancellation shock still to this day.  While 2021 still presents travel challenges and has been getting back to somewhat normal, on the domestic travel front at least. Having said that, I recently had to make a cancellation but not for the reasons of the past year or two. And to be honest, it was the best thing for us.

It Is Okay To Say No To Travel

A few years back I admitted that I thought I was addicted to travel.  I had the sense that I kept piling on trips even as each and every trip left me utterly exhausted.  I had come to the conclusion that I needed a break and that it was actually okay to say no to travel.

Then 2020 hit and most everyone was forced to take a break, a much needed one for myself.  During that time we all had a bit of depression from a lack of travel I am sure. Now that we are coming out the other side of things I think many of us packed as much as we could onto the docket, myself included. Travel has a funny way of piling up on top of each other at times though.

You can make a good plan and have all your planned trips comfortably spread out by a few weeks. But then a family member’s birthday trip gets planned, or a wedding is added in or a family member gets ill etc. When that happens all of a sudden you are backing up trips on top of trips and left wondering, how did this happen?

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Our Recent Cancellation

That was the situation that we found ourselves in this month.  I have traveled 3 of the last 4 weeks for various reasons. We unexpectedly have family coming into town this weekend and we were planning on going to Washington DC for our kids birthday trips next weekend. Even though we are more than halfway through this gauntlet I have nothing left in the tank.

Because of that we made the decision to cancel the trip to Washington DC and are doing something locally for the kids with their friends instead. The last thing I wanted to do is have another cancellation on the record, I still have some PTSD from all the trips cancelled over the last year and a half. Even though it hurt it was the best thing to do for myself and our family. Sometimes it is alright to say no to travel, even if we don’t take it for granted anymore.

Final Thoughts

I thought it was important to remind everyone that it is still alright to say no to travel from time to time, no matter what the reason is. I feel like I was starting to fall into old patterns again. Some of that was probably from my pent up demand to get out there and experience things again for sure.  The travel process is still a bit bumpy and that adds to the fatigue of it all too. Because of that I need to remind myself to take a break and space out travel a bit more than I used to.  Sometimes the best trip is the one you never take.

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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