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Travel, change and solace

Readying for another road trip later today, I thought about how much things have changed over the years:

  • Remember paper maps?  Maps that unfolded with landmarks and highway intersections?  You’d need a companion to help navigate. Now – I rely on an iPhone or car navigation system.  I prefer the phone because one can listen for upcoming turns and still enjoy the radio.  My car system talks over the radio and I end up missing sing-along opportunities, political updates, and advice from Dr. Laura. 🙂

  • Packing for an overnight requires just as much effort as packing for four.  Vitamins, hair stuff, makeup, jewelry, pajamas/robe, in-room clothes, work clothes, travel clothes, computer, portfolio, shoes, phone charger and more.    And coffee, don’t forget the coffee.

  • I don’t sleep well in hotels.  Part of my packing routine involves a good book and essential oils; most times, I average 4 hours of flipping & flopping vs. the 7 solid Zs at home.

  • As much work as it is, I still enjoy going.  Meeting new people and getting out of my comfort zone.   Example, tomorrow I’m one of several giving a presentation to company peers and executives.  Now I make presentations on a regular basis but usually before total strangers.  Peers are far more daunting.  So I do what I always have:  prepare, know my stuff, and nail it!  (And a little self pep-talk never hurts.)

  • And as much as I love the going, the coming home is even better.  🙂

“Home is where you go to find solace from the ever changing chaos, to find love within the confines of a heartless world, and to be reminded that no matter how far you wander, there will always be something waiting when you return.”  – Kendal Rob

 

What do you enjoy about the going?   What do you never travel without?

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9 thoughts on “Travel, change and solace

  1. I just love your enthusiasm! Safe travels,my friend.

    • Packing now 🙂 just packed my essential oils and new book, and soon, off to the races. Clear weather, good roads, lots of coffee and tunes – giddyup!

      Hugs
      MJ

  2. You are a real pro at getting up and going. I still pack early and then unpack and repack and repeat. In the end I have no idea what is left.

    • Packing for vacation is MUCH harder!! Packing for work I have down — but I keep my toiletry bag stocked –> band-aids, q-tips, Tums, makeup remover, toothbrush & t-paste, lotion etc. Then I don’t forget any of that stuff 🙂 For vacation I seem to take half of the house …. so I get what you mean!! MJ

  3. I don’t travel often, but usually pack in my head for days before I go. Must have my iPad mini these days, with books, music, games, and access to WiFi. A camera too. Have a good trip!

  4. Cute music meme. We have the same taste in music! LOL I take all the comforts of home I can pack in a bag–such a homebody. I used to sleep as you described when traveling, until we changed to a different hotel chain. There’s less noise and a bed that suits me just fine.

    • That is smart of you to take your comforts of home with you! Some hotel chains are certainly better than others, for various reasons, and sometimes it’s just me not being able to settle down & settle in. Great to hear from you, Patti! MJ

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