What are you afraid of when you travel? Do you fear that you might get robbed? Are you nervous to take the public transit? Are you afraid of getting lost if you venture outside of the touristy zones?
I usually am not traveling alone, so I rarely have concern for my safety because it’s always feels safer with a companion. Of course, I am mindful and live consciously in every moment. Two people can still get caught up in a mess, like Dumb and Dumber.
Usually in North America, we rent cars when we visit a new city, especially if it is a less populated city with poor public transportation. On a recent trip through Australia and New Zealand our car rental experience was the first of its kind because we both had never driven on the left side of the road before. Fortunately, our American drivers licenses were acceptable. Naturally, my husband usually does most of the driving, but I like to give him a break here and there. After 2 days in Cairns, Australia I got behind the wheel for a quick test. I only drove for about a block, just to give myself a taste of driving on the opposite side that I am used to. It wasn’t much practice, yet I felt I was ready when we got to New Zealand, which was CRAZY because the terrain was extremely different than Cairns. The road along the coast had more valleys, hills, tight turns, and shared one way bridges than I was ready for. Many times I was driving so close to the edge of the mountain that one false move would send us down and out for life. In that moment, I could not let fear creep up on me. I had to trust that the road was engineered precisely and that the calculations for driving in the space were accurate. I had to trust that God was with me and that nothing could go wrong. I had to believe that I was capable of driving like a champion. Maybe not as good as a Nascar driver, but at my slower speed I was getting a good test of patience and I was testing my husband’s too. I trusted in that moment that I was experiencing the time of my life like no one else can but me and I had to enjoy it to the fullest. I didn’t allow fear to disrupt my joy. I could not let it disrupt OUR joy.
When you travel, be sure to get the best experience you can and try something new. Even if something does freak you out a little bit, remember that you are exactly where you are supposed to be in that moment and you will get through it positively. All things are for your good, so take it all in with joy.