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Travel Woes

Flight delays are a reality of travel. I know this. I’ve worked in the travel industry for over three years. Even knowing this still doesn’t prepare you 100% for when it happens. I was a hot mess before this trip. Adventure Life is growing at an amazing pace, but it made for an epic busy season. I had no time to prepare mentally, physically, or even emotionally for this trip. I even said to my husband at one point, I don’t want to go. People. I said to my husband that I didn’t want to go to ANTARCTICA. I just did not feel ready. However, I mustered up the excitement my sweet friend, Molly and I had been building for over a year and set out. That poor girl, she could tell how little I had prepared or was in the mind set for travel. I set out in front at the Denver airport and walked her to the complete opposite end of the terminal. I had blisters on my feet because I wore the worst socks. I was again, a hot mess. Now, when our flight was delayed, and it looked like we’d miss our flight to Buenos Aires, that didn’t help things. The lady at the front desk was most unhelpful and said that most flights had already been changed. We looked on our account and sure enough, our flights had been re-routed to Miami two days later and we would have missed most of our time in Buenos Aires. Molly and I were understandably disappointed but really didn’t want to start our trip on the wrong foot. 
Colorful La Boca in Buenos Aires
Colorful La Boca in Buenos Aires (Franny Friesz)

I guess I had already done that by dragging her to the wrong part of the airport. We both put our heads together and tried to come up with positives. Houston…what could we do for a few days in Houston. I called my husband to let him know. He suggested going to the beach…OK. The beach…I hear the food in Texas is great. Too bad we are too far away to visit Chip and Joanna Gaines. It’s hard to keep positive in situations like that. I honestly started praying. I was praying that it would all work out and praying for a good attitude if it didn’t. Ultimately, I knew Molly and I would have a great time together no matter where we were.  We boarded the plane to Houston, not knowing what would happen. As soon as we were in the air, the pilot makes an announcement.  “Looks like about 30 people are trying to connect to Belize and we’ve asked the plane to wait for them”. Dang it. Lucky people headed to Belize. “No, I’m sorry, I meant Buenos Aires”. Applause and loud cheering (mostly coming from my mouth) erupts in the cabin.  I may have shed a tear. We were on our way to Buenos Aires, Big Apple. Folks, flight delays are a reality. You might miss part of your trip or all of it. However, life always works out and you can make the most of it if you try! Also, buy travel insurance. That helps.

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