Over the last several years, it’s become increasingly clear that when it comes to travel, I am a bit cursed. Delays, flight cancellations, lost luggage, long bus waits, plane engines dying mid-flight, road trips derailed…for some reason, they happen with uncanny frequency to me.
So much so in fact, that my best friend has declared—albeit laughingly—that my luck is so bad, she’ll never travel with me. Every flight, bus, or car ride I take, friends, family, and colleagues are on alert for the next series of bad events. And while I’ve mastered a certain level of zen in many areas of life, travel brings about an untapped, surprising side of me that often bristles with frustration, annoyance, and sometimes, anger.
I’m not sure when my travel karma tanked, but I am suspicious that the more I respond negatively to my bad luck, the more my bad luck is perpetuated. In order to turn it around, I’ve decided to embark on a journey to change my travel karma.
Each trip, or travel incident I’ll share my frustrations with an eye toward embracing the bad and laughing at the ridiculous—with a few rants and raves thrown in. I’ll also share tips and tricks for what has worked well—or rather not well—the last few years.
I welcome insight from other travel lovers. Please feel free to share your thoughts and travel experiences—both the good and the bad :)
Disclaimer: This is my personal blog and my bad karma, opinions, thoughts to do reflect those of my employer, Pathfinder International, for whom I do online and social media “stuff.” My travel karma is completely my own and luckily I haven’t had much while traveling for Pathfinder (just a few delayed flights). But my view on those is completely mine and mine alone.