It’s quite simple really. My mind and body behave like a 4 year old. I would have said like a 2 year old, but lets face it-they still enjoy their nap times. Even on trips. Four year olds however despise nap time. When I was nannying and babysitting, I couldn’t get these little buggers to go down
if only drugging were an option. There’s probably a reason I’m not a mother.
Anyway, it may come as a shock to most of you, I’m a terrible traveler. Just ask my husband; oh wait, don’t because he’ll make it sound that much more worse than it really is. How does talking about 4 year old children tie into this? Well, after about one hour of a plane ride, car ride, train ride, or bus ride…i’m done. I can’t stand sitting in those uncomfortable upright chairs for more than an hour. Maybe two max. It doesn’t help that I’m 5’8″ (yeah I feel really sorry for my 6’4″ husband), but my legs start cramping up. After the legs go, it’s my beee-hind’s turn (thanks to my kindergarden students, I feel weird saying butt now), and then my arms. Forget sleeping, it’s out of the question.
Also, I’m not huge on watching movies for an extended amount of time. I’ll admit I went to my first double feature at a theater this weekend…but I was only able to make it through the second movie with the help of a sweet sidekick: vanilla vodka. Yes my husband and I were those people, but honestly, I don’t think the theater drinking trend has hit Korea yet. No harm done. As I was saying though, I can’t do movies, tv shows, or music for more than 2-3 hours. My mind goes crazy after a while.
After the sitting still for
10 minutes an hour, wiggling around for another thirty minutes, trying to take a nap for another 30 minutes, and then watching tv for two hours…I seriously can’t handle any more. That’s when Derik starts to get annoyed.
Lucky for him, he can fall asleep even before the wheels leave the runway. He’s usually so dead asleep his mouth gapes open and a small puddle of drool collects on the opposite passenger’s shoulder. Ok no, I just made that up. It’s usually me who get’s the saliva shower, and that’s because I purposely reserve the double seats next to the window. I feel bad now, the saliva thing was only one or two incidents. I might just be a little jealous he can actually sleep.
Remember how I said I’m pretty much done after trying to watch TV? Well, what’s a girl to do but try to wake up her husband so he can talk to her? You’d think I would have learned by now that I should never wake a sleeping man, but I don’t…I make this classic mistake every. single. time we travel. I swear this Friday, on our way to Borneo, I won’t make this critical error again.
The fact of the matter is: I can’t sleep on airplanes. I just can’t. My husband drugged me with 4 Nyquil soft gels on the way back from our honeymoon to Mexico. Although I don’t remember a darn thing, he said I fought sleeping the entire trip home. On our 13 hour plane ride from San Fran to Beijing, I made myself sick due to the fact that I couldn’t sleep. Seriously…I think I threw up in every single bathroom in that sweet looking airport. Too bad I was so sick, I would have loved to take a few pictures!
On our first trip from Korea to Bali, a friend gave me prescription strength sleeping pills. They did nothing. On a whim I went to the Korean pharmacy in Seoul and asked for their strongest sleep meds he could give me. He smiled and handed me a $10 box filled with liquid blue gels. He told me to take only one and I’d be knocked out for three hours. Thinking that they wouldn’t be that bad, I took two; I don’t even remember boarding the plane. The flight was wonderful! I was so sleepy I said no to dinner and snacks on the plane. Guys, I love airplane food. Call me weird, but I think it’s awesome; that is until you fly a Korean airline. Nothing like cold, wet gimbab and strange soggy fish paste to cure your appetite.
That being said, I thought I’d share with you my ultimate must-haves for traveling (since I do it a lot you know).
1. Korean sleeping gels. Need I say more?
2. A great girly magazine and gummy bears. My favorite magazine to read on the plane is Cosmo. I’m not a Cosmopolitan fan by any means, I just find the magazine interesting and distracting. While I’m reading said magazine, I better be munching on some Haribo bears…my favorite of all gummies. This dynamic duo of reader’s gossip and sweet savory goodness is bound to keep me distracted for a good 45 minutes. Yay.
3. Comfy clothes. Nothing worse than wearing a stiff pair of jeans, a short dress, or a tight t-shirt while traveling. Yuck. My go-to’s usually involve yoga pants and a hoodie…however I’ve decided to class it up a bit and wear a maxi the last two trips. Besides, I’m a total blanket-on-the-leg traveler, and the maxi simulates that quite well. ; I ordered this maxi in solid black from VS…and it better arrive before Friday. If not, my traveling-in-style AND comfort plans are completely ruined.
We just bought a charging pod for our trip. The thing is pretty sweet! It’ll charge our iphones 7 times before we have to recharge it! No more fighting for the last outlet that is conveniently placed 15 feet above your head, or the one that 20 other people are plugged into (code violation?).
5. DSLR camera with lenses. I feel like I didn’t even need to mention this one. It’s no small secret that I love to take pictures, and lots of them. I’ll be packing a ginormous memory card as well as both my 50mm and 28-105mm lenses for this trip!
6. Only one backpack between the both of us, and our own carry on. There’s nothing worse than being loaded down with luggage, tromping around in the middle of Indonesia trying to find a taxi or bus. Here’s the deal. I am very much a girly-girl, and in my college days would leave with nothing short of my entire house when I was going a way for the weekend. I’m talking FULL suitcase and FULL carry-on bag, plus my purse or backpack. Having to crunch enough stuff for 2 to live out of one backpack for 9 days is no small feat. I have to make sacrifices: no hairdryer, no full makeup bag, no unnecessary clothes, only 2 pairs of shoes. It can be brutal, and I usually end up leaving my house on the day we start vacation a little stressed and angered. After we arrive and I realize how little I actually need, it’s a million times better!
I’ll be put to the ultimate test in January. Packing for TWO months for Hawaii and Thailand in one backpack. Thankfully Derik and I will each have our own. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous.
7. A flexible attitude. The most important thing to focus on while traveling is the ability to remain flexible-especially if you’re traveling in a foreign country. I can say a good 90% of the time things aren’t going to turn out the way you want them. But don’t worry, 98.9% of the time (if you’re flexible) things can turn out even better! Enjoy yourself, get caught up in the culture, make a good life story or two.
I may be the worst ‘in-transit’ traveler there ever was, but I sure do enjoy it when I step off that plane!
What are your must-haves while traveling? I’m all about making new traditions!
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