I wish I could even begin this article with how many trips I have taken that if I wouldn't have been relaxed would be a complete cluster. Let's start with the fact that I travel to the Philippines for business frequently. That is just one of the many places I go, but that is the farthest as well. Let me begin by telling you about my last trip.
Trip started off normal, I left home and traveled to Dallas on American Airlines from my home airport. From there I was to fly from Dallas to Tokyo and catch a Japan Airlines flight to Manila. Well, after boarding the plane to Tokyo I sensed there was a problem. Now, unlike most, I just simply ignore problems on flights generally speaking. Look you have no control so you have to accept that. The problem turned out to be that they thought the plane was leaking gas. Well at least we are still on the ground. After an hour or so they decided it was not leaking and we were free to take off.
This, however, created a problem because I had a tight connection in Tokyo. Plus on transcontinental flights I enjoy the free booze that you can get in the airline lounge. Well, I was surely going to miss out on that, but it was a 14 hour flight so maybe we would make the connection. Well, many many hours later it was clear we were not going to make that connection. A normal person would then become rather concerned about what they will do in Tokyo. Not this guy. I just walked like normal until I saw a sign that an attendant was holding up that said Manila.
Followed their directions and they had already rebooked me on another flight leaving just an hour later than my other one. Cool, easy as pie. Four more hours later I landed in Manila. Get off the airplane, this is like my bazillionth trip over there. Walk into the terminal and think to myself, where the hell am I? I was in a part of the airport I had never been in before. Looking around at signs I found I was in Terminal 2. Ok great, my hotel was picking me up at terminal one. Out comes the iPhone, Google the hotel phone number, press the little click to call button and I am connected with the hotel. Explain the situation (thank goodness English is used in the Philippines) and in a few minutes someone would be there to pick me up.
Now, this could have been a very stressful trip. In all honesty nobody would blame a person for forgetting things as simple as how to grocery shop. The key is to realize particularly in air travel that you are completely out of control, and center yourself knowing that. You can significantly reduce anxiety if you turn it over to the real controllers. Pilots on the plane and the universe in general. Everything somehow will work out, and that should reduce your anxiety.
The first few times I traveled I was not like this, but now I have learned to let go of the control, trust that I will be able to handle anything that comes my way and ultimately remain relaxed for my entire trip which really helps when you arrive at your destination!
So enjoy your vacation, and we will talk soon!