Over the years I’ve developed rituals to help me tolerate fear and sleep easier when away from home. Some are fairly straightforward, commonsense practices. Others, depending on how remote and/or creepy the destination, are a tad more “proactive” — some may say paranoid.
A wise person once said, “The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude.”
When it comes to travel, no truer words have been spoken.
I was three or four years old the first time I visited Disney World and rode “It’s a Small World.” I remember sitting inside the small boat utterly mesmerized as it slowly rode past hundreds of painted animatronic dolls representing children from all over the world, each dressed in traditional clothing, singing the attraction’s title song. I LOVED that ride. LOVED THAT RIDE! I wanted to jump from my boat, run across the displays, meet every child and learn more about where they were all from. I was literally overcome with the desire to go — everywhere and anywhere.
By this time Wednesday night, I’ll be long gone on my way to China for holiday. Here’s what I’ve done so far to get ready: nothing. I haven’t even looked at my ticket. Not recently anyway. It’s all part of my travel “ritual” — I think about what I should be doing, usually for days, stress over what I should be doing, but do nothing. I can’t. Read more