All Good Things TTT #58

 Large View of Will Twerk For Buddy Passes

Last week my Buddy Pass expired.

As the saying goes, “All good things come to an end.”

This week, I’ve been eyeing my airline friends – I’m not interested in using the same airline as before – to see who’s willing to sponsor another year of my travels.

I’ve also expanded my efforts to using Facebook Graph Search to find friends of friends who work in the airlines.  I apologize in advance to those who hate this practice.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  And I got out of the habit of telling myself “no” some time ago.

If all else fails, I will unashamedly stroll through airports wearing the above shirt.  Now, that’s what I call taking the bull by the horns!

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Why Your Sucky Trip Rocks!

As an introvert, I’m not naturally comfortable and vocal with new people or in new locations.

With practice, I’ve gotten better, although I’m still working on it.

During my early trips, I would spend a little time exploring, then retreat to my hotel room where I could feel comfortable and recharge.

Those trips sucked and at times, I think on all the missed experiences.

Large View of Sucky Trip

It is better to have traveled and sucked, than to never have traveled at all!

The Silver Lining

Sure your trips can be better, but a sucky trip is way better than no trip at all!

Starting off, I didn’t take full advantage of new locations, but I learned something each time.

For example, I figured out that tour groups were perfect for beginners and introverts who preferred a set itinerary with the same people, instead of planning outtings on their own.

I saw Morocco with a group visiting monuments, touring leather tanneries, and riding camels.  They arranged for us to eat at delicious restaurants and meet fabulous cultural performers.  It was an upgrade on anything that I would have planned for myself.

The more I travel, the more people I meet who love traveling.  I’m lucky to be a part of a group that shares tips and resources to make my travels consistently better.

I’ve also learned what I love about traveling and have added more of these activities to my trips.

When you’re a travel newbie, you take advice from everyone and use “top ten lists” to plan every waking hour.  As you keep traveling, you’ll discover what types of places you like to visit and what type of traveler you are.  You’ll also learn what tools to use for the best travel experiences.

This knowledge will come in handy – at least until artificial intelligence plans our travel for us.

If you keep at it, your sucky trips will make splendid improvements.

Failing Is Winning

No one wants to suck, but sucking is better than never starting.

The saying goes that if you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.  So there has to be a bit of failure in all areas of our lives where we want to see growth.  What better time to start failing then now?

You can learn lessons by waiting for others to make mistakes or you can make an effort to make your own mistakes.

Don’t be afraid.

Create some stories that will make you the center of attention at the dinner table.  You know the kind of stories that start with, “One time I was in Mexico…”.

In hindsight, if I could give my former self travel advice, I would be sure to say start traveling sooner.

Don’t wait for the right travel partner, more spending money, or the perfect circumstances.  If you’re passionate about travel, get out and do it now.  Time isn’t promised, and I bet your bucket list is growing by the year.

Go experience the joys of the world and then, share them with others.

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