I adore taking trips. I taught world languages for 35 years and travel was part of my career. For me, trips are three separate parts: the planning, the actual trip and coming home. I enjoy all three parts immensely but I am beginning to think that the best part of a trip is coming home.
First part - planning. This is the part of the trip which makes you feel clever. You figure out dates, places and make reservations. You do research on Yelp and solicit ideas from your Facebook friends. Your trip is freaking awesome and even more importantly, perfect.
Second part - the actual trip. This is the hardest part of the trip. This is when you are on the actual airplane, dragging your suitcase and making connections. You have the best ice cream of your life and dribble it all over your coat. You are in such ecstasy at what you are seeing you don't notice that you lost an earring. A diamond earring. You are trying fun new foods and then spending some quality time in the bathroom. It's real life with all the highs and lows. You make fabulous memories but you work for them.
Final part - coming home. This is the best part for the following reasons.
- You get to sleep in your own bed, use your own bathroom.
- You get to play with all your pictures and remember the trip, forgetting any inconveniences.
- You get to see all the people who didn't go on the trip with you. OK, I am a crazy Grandma and I missed my granddaughter.
- You can adopt the all knowing smile. Someone posts about their trip, you smile, you've been there. A city you've visited is featured in a movie, you nod knowingly.
- You get to play with your souvenirs. My souvenirs are always fabric and I can't wait to make a quilt right now!
- You're smarter now and more worldly wise!
- You're not living out of a suitcase, you have all your clothes and shoes available.
- You aren't paying for every meal and place to sleep.
- You can ponder moving to this spot, read about it,housing prices and jobs then decide to stay put.
- You get to start planning your next trip, the perfect one!
Doesn't traveling make you Sew happy?
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