Technology is so present in our lives we probably wonder what we would have done without it. Yesterday is a case in point for me–a late adopter of high tech things sometimes. My friend who wants to travel to South Africa with me on a cycling trip and I exchanged rapid messages about the trip plan to each other during my lunch break and his end of work time–he is in England.
Had this been pre-internet, we would have sent letters and just made plans hoping that it would all work out. Even using express mail, this would have taken a long time–I did this once with my best friend Chris while he was traveling in Europe and I was living in Japan. A lot of hope went into that organization. Luckily it all worked out in the end.
My English friend was a bit down because the travel company wouldn’t give him a discount of any kind for repeat business. I had hoped he would be able to charm them and get a couple of percentage points off, but I guess he ran into a hard-ass. Once his disappointment dissolves, I am sure he will go back and book the trip. He said as much in his messages.
Over messages we debated strategies to help him reach his goal and settled on getting in touch with some mutual contacts we had from our Vietnam trip. Talk of these contacts led to stories being exchanged and before I knew it, my lunch time was almost over and my girlfriend hadn’t stolen any bites of my sandwich yet.
I was relating this event to her over the sandwiches when one of the support staff heard me talking about my trip to Colombia. The support staff, which handle sales, marketing and helping the students on a day-to-day basis, are from a variety of countries. This makes the company, and not just the clientele an international group. This staff member is from Colombia and was excited when he heard me talking about my trip. He wanted to hear all about it. Then he asked me if I liked food. I suppose he mistook my girth for something else.
The Perfect Moment was getting an opportunity to get excited about travel. Having the chance to get some insider information was wonderful, but getting the chance to feel excited was even better.