It gives us our greatest stories and provides us with irreplaceable learnings. But once you are ready and on your way to your incredible destination, every so often, an unexpected situation may occur. And as your travel specialist, I do my utmost to prevent this. But sometimes it’s just sod’s law and there’s nothing you (or I) can do about it.
Flight delays, dodgy customs officials, major delays in airports, missed transfers and inclement weather are just some of the few issues you may incur during your adventure to a developing country.
Here’s my advice to you:
Take a breath. Look around. Increase your self-awareness. View these mishaps as an opportunity for catching up, developing new ideas and learning something new. Read something you never had the time for. Put your ear pods in and explore new music or podcasts. Call an old friend for a chinwag. Practise kindness, it goes a long way even when you’re grumpy, jet lagged and in need of a shower. And of course you must CALL ME for assistance. I am there for you all the way and the team and I will navigate any tricky situation with you. Because I love doing what I do and walking this adventure with you…
The pros of travel far outweigh the cons. So in your hand luggage, don’t just pack and passport and happy pills. Pack your sense of humour, patience and willingness for adventure. These items will show you things you never expected.
Oh, and don’t forget a change of underwear. Why, you ask? Because isn’t that what your granny always told you? Lost luggage is real, with airlines under huge pressure to catch up after the pandemic, short staff and heaving airports and planes means the chances are higher of this happening.
My granny, and her husband (I never met my grandfather) and two friends jumped into a Morris Minor in 1953 and drove from the Eastern Cape in South Africa to Kenya! They got tired of the abundance of animals walking across the grass tracks they drove on, and got lost at the Ngorongoro Crater when taking a left instead of right to turn to Arusha. They got the car onto a ship in Mombasa and sailed home like that. The journey took a few months, lots of bravery, a little planning and that sense of humour I was telling you about. Travel these days is not unlike his! We have to be prepared for anything and enjoy the Journey without being too obsessively focused on the destination only.
Ready for an adventure? Let’s get planning!