Danya Nadel ~
I am not a person who gets to travel a lot. I am not a person who likes to do things alone. I am not multilingual and I don’t think I ever will be (concussions are serious kids, be safe).
I don’t know how to pack. I don’t know how to navigate airports. I don’t know TSA guidelines or what you need to do when you go through security.
So, excuse me for asking, but…
How do I do this traveling thing?
I’m in my dorm room at Drew University staring at my empty backpack and suitcase. I’ll be in Vermont for two weeks before flying (alone, for the first time) to the warmer and more pleasant climates in Miami and Havana. I have a pile of assorted items of clothing on my floor, three pairs of shoes scattered across the common room, and a plethora of toiletries littering my bed.
This is ridiculous, I think to myself. How do I pack for two entirely different climates in this small suitcase?
I’ve just gotten off the plane from Burlington, VT. Going through security at the beginning of the trip I forgot to take my shoes off, forgot to take electronics and liquids out of my bag. I’m in people’s way, frantic as I try to be less of an annoyance to the veteran flyers all around me.
I’m in some airport in Washington, D.C., and my flight to Miami has been delayed four hours. I wander aimlessly toward what looks to be food and get a big cup of coffee. This will have to tide me over until I leave. I sit alone at what I believe to be my gate and skype my boyfriend.
What am I even doing? I think to myself.
How do I think I’m going to make it all the way to Cuba and back if getting to Miami is this much of a struggle?
The answer to these questions, I’ve found, is pretty simple:
Carefully and with great attention to detail.
So, to reiterate…
I am not a person who gets to travel a lot, and I am not a person who likes to do things alone. I only speak English, and packing and flying are wildly foreign to me.
But, I guess that’s okay.