This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Kim Dinan from So Many Places, Finally the Time shares some funny misadventures and words of wisdom.
Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip:
I’m a 30 year old writer and runner. On May 15, 2012, I will walk away from my 9 to 5 job and my cubicle and set out on a trip around the world with my husband, Brian. In the past two years we’ve eliminated our debt and sold our house and all of our possessions to prepare for this journey. We are ridiculously excited, to say the least. You can learn more about our trip here and more about why we’ve decided to quit our jobs to travel here.
Describe your travel style:
We want to travel slowly and really get to know the places we are visiting. We have no agenda and no return date and we hope that his un-plan will enable us to linger when we want to linger and get out of town when we feel like leaving.
What’s been your best/worst travel misadventure? Tell me about where you were, who you were with, and what happened.
Brian and I flew to Puerto Rico for a friend’s wedding. We arrived safe and sound, but Brian’s bag did not. In fact, the airline had shipped it to Costa Rica. No big deal, we though, we’ll just stop at a mall and buy Brian a new outfit to wear to the wedding.
This was Easter weekend, and we quickly realized that not a single store was open for business. We’d flow the red-eye from Portland, Oregon and had been traveling for almost 20 hours when we finally arrived at the wedding location. We were stinky and dirty and Brian had only the clothes on his back- a ripped pair of jeans and a tshirt decorated with coffee stains.
Luckily, the groom was mighty accommodating and loaned Brian clean clothes and underwear. Unluckily, he had about sixty pounds on Brian, but beggars can’t be choosers. Brian looked ridiculous, but all eyes were on the bride and groom. And we laugh about it today and how Brian was “that guy” a wedding.
We’re lucky that that has been our biggest travel mishap to date! I’m sure if you ask us again in a couple of months we’ll have plenty of stories to tell!
What were the negative or positive outcomes of your misadventure?
There were no negative outcomes. Brian’s backpack arrived a few days later. In fact, Brian was actually happy that they’d shipped his pack to Costa Rica because Costa Rica is the only country that Brian has traveled to without his pack. He was glad that his pack was able to touch CR soil. In Brian’s mind, the natural order of things has been restored.
What did you learn from this misadventure that you can share with other travelers?
It’s a good idea to carry a clean set of clothes in your carry on and other things that you can’t live without- glasses, medication, perhaps even your camera. Just because you make it to your destination doesn’t mean your possessions will.
What’s the one other lesson you’ve learned on your trip that you wish you had known before you left?
Well, I’m going to answer this as it relates to our around the world trip that we’re leaving on in eight weeks. Even though we haven’t left to travel yet, I feel like our journey started a long time ago when we made the decision to buck convention and do what we dreamed of doing.
The thing I wish I’d know when I started down this path is that IT GETS EASIER. Acknowledging and committing to chasing your dreams is the hardest thing in the world. But once you do just that, and vow to put all of your energy into making your dreams come true, the universe practically bends over backwards to help you along.
Also, remember that any obstacle you encounter on the path to your dream, and there will be plenty, is your chance to prove to the universe how bad you want this. Keep going and you will get where you want to go.
Thanks Kim for sharing!
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