The perks of travelling well prepared

This is my take:
There was a time when I would dread packing my bags and locking my front door. I would feel very unsettled when someone would suggest that a particular place was a great place to vacation or go-to for a retreat. I would feel insecure that I would be lost in the new place or that I would miss my familiar setting. In short, let me tell you that my folks had to literally pull me out with my bag and while I grudgingly albeit also reluctantly tagged along, I was home sick the moment I reached my destination.
So, it worked adversely for me:
You see while people went outdoors and places to alleviate stress and came back relaxed and rejuvenated, it was totally different experience for me. I used to be frustrated throughout the trip and came back more stressed than what I was when I had left.
My outlook was waiting to be changed:
Okay, so I joined a new workplace and it so happened that the colleagues that I worked with were all travel junkies. I mean they would make trips at short notices, fly and get back at work like in a wink of an eye. Not literally, but yes they made plans often and at short time distances and they had a penchant for executing their plans to the T.

 

And imagine me who used to take at least a couple of years if mot moiré to actually determine where I would be spending the accumulated holidays that kept getting credited into my account!
Was I a misfit?
All of the frequent travelers were avid bloggers and they regularly blogged on their sojourns. At office lunch they had interesting anecdotes to share during lunch breaks and loads of flying miles in their credit which they traded to buy superb gifts mid air! I felt lonely! But I had no idea why something that these people enjoyed was something that I got terrible worked up with!
Then the realization dawned:
Knowledge is power and this is the biggest truth in the world today. I tell you this because I have felt what the power of knowledge can do and what amount of change it can bring. I decided that if the whole world was enjoying something and so thoroughly and I was at a loss thinking why I was not then there is a possibility that I may be going wrong somewhere and so I decided to look up a lot of travelling pages on Google and also followed some of the interesting ones on facebook.
Voila!
Reading and knowing helped because the more I read the more I understood the nitty gritties of travelling the world and not getting stressed.

 

Preparing for the impending trip:
The golden rule that I learnt is that it is not only important to physically prepare for the impending trip but also to condition your mind to take the transition from routine to slightly less than the routine to begin with. Geared with a lot of insight, I decided to go by the rule book this time. I decided to take a short trip to Egypt because this was one place I was really fascinated with but my hatred for travel could never bring me to go for it.

Getting the paperwork done:

Before I could get the tickets and the visa procedure through, I had to do one thing and that is to sort out things at office. I spoke to the HR department and the officer promised to help me taking enough days off not only for the holiday but also to get things done before it. I was so indebted to her for being so understanding. Next, I got the visa applied online and also started tracing out the best way to reach Egypt. I decided that the local airline, Air Egypt was cheaper than the others and so I booked my tickets with them.

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Next on my list was to check the weather around the time that I planned to fly. It was to be in august and I realized that it was going to be bearably cold so I shopped and packed my bags with appropriate kind of clothing and accessories at least a week before.I really needed a pat on my back. This was the first time that I was packing at least a few days in advance and albeit not hesitatingly at all. In fact, this time I was so relaxed at doing the things at my own pace that I was beginning to enjoy it.

Accommodation and sightseeing packages were duly booked within a day's time and I was already on a high that I was on a spin and I did not fret it. By the way, Egypt got me so mesmerized that I never stopped with it. The travel bug had hit me hard and I knew that my office mates were waiting to listen to all my anecdotes. Oh how!

Next on my list was to check the weather around the time that I planned to fly. It was to be in august and I realized that it was going to be bearably cold so I shopped and packed my bags with appropriate kind of clothing and accessories at least a week before.I really needed a pat on my back. This was the first time that I was packing at least a few days in advance and albeit not hesitatingly at all. In fact, this time I was so relaxed at doing the things at my own pace that I was beginning to enjoy it.

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