I wrote a post on what I consider to be the Golden Rule of Travel back in January. In that post, I discussed the importance of being flexible while on the road. Things go wrong all the time and most of the time, they are out of our control. We cannot help it if a tire blows, or if the rental car place takes two hours, or if someone gets sick. All we can do is remember to be flexible. Things happen. Just move on.
Today is a PERFECT example of that.
As everyone knows if you’ve been following along, I’ve been quite busy traveling over the last month. I spent a week in Israel, a week at home, a weekend in France and Monaco, and a weekend in England. My sister joined me for France and my parents joined us for England.
They have all been in Ireland with me since the 12th of June. I’ve had a great time with my family, but since they have been here, I’ve out my writing on the back burner to spend some time with them. They were supposed to leave for home today.
Did you catch that?
They were SUPPOSED to leave for home today.
But they didn’t.
We were all at the airport this morning ready to get them sent off when the airline they booked their standby seats through told us they wouldn’t be getting on the flight. Standby is a GREAT way to fly when you can get on the plane. However, as it is standby, it doesn’t always workout that you can get on the flight you need.
My parents and sister can’t fly home until Monday at the earliest out of Shannon.
This has thrown a major wrench in things as my dad has to skip more work; mama is having to rearrange an appointment, and Payton is just kind of like whatever. For me though, I was very keen on having a couple of days in my pjs watching Netflix and eating pizza. However, I am a traveler and I believe in the Golden Rule of Travel.
The four of us are currently on a bus going from Dublin to Limerick. I’ll spend the night with them tonight and do some castle tours and whatnot in Limerick tomorrow before heading back to Dublin. I have work Monday morning otherwise I would stay both nights.
It’s not initially how we intended on ending their trip in Ireland, but sometimes things just happen. All we can do is remember that Golden Rule of Travel.