“You learn a lot when you travel.”
“Travel makes you a bigger person.”
Yadda yadda yadda…I have heard all the travel bromides my whole life and I believe them.
Then why do I hate it so?
To travel today is a banquet of fret.
I fret about tickets and time and baggage and passports and house sitters and currencies. It does not spark pleasure.
In my work life, I believe the most important thing I was paid to do was to fret. I fretted over every store, every day. I fretted about employees’ attendance. I fretted about inventory. I fretted about equipment. I fretted about the weather forecast.
It’s hard habit to break.
This week Janie and I are traveling and it has triggered my almost subdued fret habit.
Now I’m fretting over hiccups and bird poop.
However, we’re here now. The traveling part is over until we return.
The city is old and beautiful, the weather’s perfect, the food’s fine, and the company has been sparkling.
Plus I’ve picked up some Spanish.
“Hiccup” is “hipo.”
“Fret” is “inquietarse.”
“Bird poop” is “caca de pajaro.”
You do learn a lot when you travel.