I want to bring up a topic that most people don’t want to talk about: when traveling doesn’t go your way. It’s inevitable that things will go wrong when you travel. No matter how prepared you are, you can’t control a flight being delayed or a rainstorm the day you signed up for a walking tour (cue Alanis Morissette’s ‘Ironic’). Life likes to throw all sorts of curveballs your way and as difficult as these times my be, there is one thing you can control…your attitude. No quality is as attractive as someone who can take a horrible situation and turn it into something incredible. Those are the true adventurers; the people who see it as a chance for growth and a challenge to overcome. Surround yourself with the people who can make any situation an exciting adventure!
Story time: I recently went on a last minute road trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. The first night was absolutely incredible, filled with dancing, a little drinking 😉 and some colorful new people. On our way home the next morning, my car breaks down on the side of the freeway *insert terrified emoji here* Needless to say, this was the last thing we wanted after a fun night in Vegas. Once the first tow truck broke down, leaving us at a gas station for another two hours, you could say our positive spirit was definitely tested. We later found out that the car would not be fixed untill the next day. At this point we had two choices: sulk in our hotel room and have our fun little trip be a terrible experience, or think of it as another night in Vegas and have even more fun than we did the night before. Needless to say, we went with the second option…and it was one of the best nights I’ve ever had in Las Vegas! From free drinks, to a room upgrade, to some small winnings from gambling, our night turned right around. As tired and frustrated as we were, I can now look back and feel thankful. Don’t underestimate how important it is to surround yourself with positive and optimistic people.
So I challenge you, the next time something doesn’t go as planned when you’re traveling, take a step back. Find the good in the situation and be the one to motivate those around you (and please share the experience with us below)!
~An Optimistic~ Little Brantley Abroad