I always seem to come up with great post titles (well I think they are pretty great), and then I never finish writing the darn post. Well this one I am going to finish.
Can you believe it, I’m already planning another leg of this epic journey? I was going to write this post once I’ve actually purchased the tickets, but I’m too excited not to share. I am going to go to China in April for three weeks! I will be going with a couple and their four-year-old triplets and the grandpa. Can you say brave? Anyway, they told me I am welcome to go with them. God really has been gracious and has put so many opportunities before me this year. This is probably the most ideal way to see China because I will be going with two Chinese speakers (one of whom lives in China and visits the US yearly). I also get to help keep track of three adorable little girls. April is quite aways away, so I’ll talk about what I am doing presently regarding travel.
I’m not one to use metaphors a lot, but this one seem too good to pass up. I really do feel like I’m preparing to dig my way to China (and Costa Rica). Preparing for international travel is a lot of work, so much more so than I would have imagined. Right now I am gathering all my tools and finding a spot to start digging. Trying to prepare for the worst. There are so many logistics it’s enough to drive one crazy. I’m pretty sure it already has driven me a bit crazy. I have to think about what to pack, how to coordinate flights, how to handle money, etc. Sure, there are books written on this, but it’s really not the same as doing it. People have given me advice, but the advice doesn’t feel all the helpful. There’s a lot to be said for experiential learning. That is definitely what I am doing now. I could probably write a book or blog more extensively about how to travel the world, with step-by-step processes, but reading how someone has managed their travel planning is far different from doing it yourself. I’ve been following a few guidelines and taking some advice, but for the most part I’ve had to figure this out on my own. Currently, I’m trying to figure out the best way to get out of New Mexico and to San Francisco in time for my flight to Shanghai. There seem to be so many options, but none are quite ideal. I’m rather frustrated by it all, it’s just giving me another reason to move to a big city. It’s so much easier to hop on a plane to, well, anywhere. I’m sure there will be a workable solution. No matter how it works out, I’ll be doing something I’ve never done before. Soon, I’ll be through digging, and I’ll be there. All the hard work will pay off. Wish me luck. 🙂