Why does every big trip have to have a period of self-doubt, exhausting last minute preparations, and not enough time to be truly organized and ready to go? We know this happens not just with trips but any major life changing experience. Weddings. Baby’s birth. Major moves. Calm down, we tell ourselves. Breathe deeply. Enjoy. Yet, we just feel on edge and a bit cranky.
We’ve been planning this 22-month trip for years, but, even so, the round-the-world portion of the trip somehow sneaked up on us. Human nature guides us to do first what we like to do and what we know how to do. Most people put off tackling problems and handling things they’re not so interested in or don’t know how to do. So it goes with us.
Nevertheless, many accommodations are arranged, key flights are booked, and we’re clear about our itinerary. What’s happened to immunizations, visas, and resolving all of our computer issues? Why have we still not resolved ongoing paper billing issues? We have to go paperless! After all, we don’t have an address, and, if we did, we wouldn’t be there to receive the mail.
We now see that we underestimated the difficulty of combining 1. our retirements, 2. giving up our apartment (with no permanent address, so to speak), and 3. traveling for 8 months in the US and Canada right before we are to leave for the round the world portion of our trip. Any one of these three would have been difficult to sort out, but all three combined in a most challenging way. We knew we would face problems to resolve, but so many? We’re still awash in indecision and behind on our “to do” list.
Here’s what we’ll do. Get as much done as we can in 30 days. Get on the plane to Japan. Breathe deeply. Enjoy the ride.