Lessons for Travelling

20200214_000247There are two lessons about winter vacations that I have not learned yet. That sounds horrible, but hopefully by writing them down, I will finally learn them.  Both of them involve finding stuff.  There is also a lesson I learned about travelling on a budget airline which I am late to the game to.

Lesson One

Everybody in Canada is trying to escape the winter and they need all the same stuff that I do.  How else can you explain finding your favourite sunscreen sold out in numerous stores?

Okay, this is not true because some of us, myself included, love winter. I would like to take an extended ski vacation in Banff, but it isn’t going to happen this year.  However, it still doesn’t resolve that fact that what I was looking for was nowhere to be seen.  I had to choose a different brand and I hope it works as well.

Oddly enough, every store I visited over the past couple of weeks has lots of small toiletries for sale at inflated prices. I guess nobody else has heard of the dollar store.

Lesson Two

Some stuff you need just isn’t for sale at this time of year. I experienced this phenomenon when I took my trip to Vietnam.  Looking for sandals was a difficult adventure.  Luckily I got them and I have been taking them on vacations ever since.  They will be going on this trip along with my hiking boots.

Lesson Three

Budget airlines don’t feed you for free.  I remember the days of flying to Japan and getting several meals, maybe even a snack, and a number of drinks.  I fondly remember a flight attendant who when she took my request for Canadian Whisky (Rye) slapped down several bottles, some mix, and then asked me to be my own bartender.  I fondly remember getting ice cream on an SAS flight.

On my last trip, the people beside me snickered when I bought the glamorous looking overpriced meal from the onboard menu.  They laughed even harder when it appeared and bore only a passing resemblance to the photo.  They brought their own snacks and they had bought from a Costco–not sure why a mega sized bag of M&Ms would make me so jealous, but they did.

Other Lessons

There are probably other lessons I should learn. There are lots of them about preparation and research.  There are lots of them about getting better deals.  There is probably one about not having enough time to do stuff, or using time more wisely…..

What lessons have travel taught you? Please share them with me because I need to learn–and when a teacher says this, you should listen.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to Lessons for Travelling

  1. gemmi72 says:

    Many years ago Mr Jones and I took our two children aged 10 and 5 on a three month caravan odyssy around Australia, I don’t think any of us could list all of the things we learned during that trip but here are some of my key learnings;
    – kids will never be impressed by the majesty or the historical significance of the place they are in. Instead they will walk up to random strangers and ask them if they like mustard on their hot dog!!!
    – the best places are not usually the ones the travel guides tell you about, they are the ones that other travellers you meet on the road rave about.
    – it doesn’t matter where you go or how long you spend there. There will always be places you didn’t get to or that you want to go back to.

  2. From one teacher to another: sometimes it is worth it to just pay the higher price rather than search for the best bargain. Factor in driving/parking/time.
    Next time your favourite sunscreen is on sale buy an extra – after checking the best by date. I do this for other items too.

  3. Hunida says:

    Aw, Anthony! I don’t travel nearly as much as you do but, I always know to bring my own snacks on the airplane lol. That’s the most important thing to me. 😂

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