As cities, states, and nations re-open, I promise this time will be different, this time I will appreciate what we’ve all been taking for granted.
Taking Travel for Granted
I am guilty, perhaps more so than many of our readership, of taking travel for granted. I assumed the world would be as I had known it to have been since I began traveling internationally more than two decades ago.
I was wrong.
I didn’t take in enough of the local scene at times, opting for the comforts of my hotel instead. I didn’t fly often enough. I know that sounds ridiculous for a travel blogger and a business person that flies for work too, but I passed on trips to stay closer to home instead of finding a way to bring my family.
I didn’t try enough new countries out of a desire to revisit old favorites. I wasn’t bold enough.
One More Boom, I Promise Not to Waste It
In the oil and gas business, there is a bumper sticker that encapsulates my sentiments.
“Please God, give me just one more boom. I promise not to [waste it all] this time.”
The thought that I had millions of miles that I may not be able to spend because those airlines and hotels aren’t able to navigate this crisis is devastating. We were all awash with roundtrips to Europe for $200-300. Airlines were running tremendous capacity that I simply didn’t take advantage of enough.
I wasted it. But that was the last time. Give me just one more boom for easy miles, one more boom for cheap long-haul flights, one more boom that takes me around the world at whim.
I promise not to waste it this time.
Changes I Will Make
I’m going to get a little gutsier as the world re-opens. I was heartbroken by the thought that my daughter might have seen the last picture of an open world we had come to love. Here are the things that I will change going forward:
- Good Airfares – I am going to book great fares as they return more often
- Country Count – My wife and I used to aim for five new countries every year but backed off our goal as we wanted to return to favorite places. But there’s more we want to see and we will.
- Spending Miles – I accrued far too many miles and points to let them die on the vine. I will aim to spend out of my balances as opportunities return. There’s no use holding a million miles in an airline currency that may become defunct.
- Making More Time for Leisure Travel – Last year was busy at work, but I should and could have made more time for traveling with my family. This crisis was a wake-up call that I need to ensure I am not replacing family travel with work trips.
I took travel for granted but won’t in the future. I intend to spend the miles and points in my accounts, take advantage of good deals, take trips as they come with my family, and see more countries every year. All it took was a pandemic and nations closing their borders to get me to realize it.
What do you think? Did you take travel for granted? What changes are you making as the world re-opens?