When traveling, you can plan as much as you like, but there is always one thing that you can’t plan. What Mother Nature might throw at you. That is why flexibility is key.
Take Mom and I, for example. We’ve had our travel plans in place for weeks, if not months, for this leg of our travels. But, we’re on the Gulf Coast in August. That’s dead center in hurricane season. We had planned for 3 days in New Orleans and then a week in Galveston, TX. But Mother Nature decided to throw a wrench in those plans and plop a currently Category 2 (predicted to gain strength to a Category 3) hurricane right over our plans.
Now, we could have whined and pouted. Not really our style, though. What we did was cancel what was cancellable and started looking for an alternative. We’ve got almost 2 weeks until our next planned stop, so we’re looking at taking it day by day. Hopefully, by the time we’re scheduled for San Antonio, the city will have had a chance to recover from Hurricane Harvey. Until then, we’ll just have to hit the Southern sights we weren’t able to hit on our way back to Florida earlier in our trip. Oh shucks?
Yes, we could get upset that we’re not going to be able to enjoy the Crescent City or hang out on a Galveston beach. But what is that going to do, other than bum us out? Nothing. All the pouting and fist waving won’t make the hurricane change paths. Instead, we’ll look for different adventures for the next dozen days. Better to look forward to what’s to come than grumble about what didn’t happen.
So, now we’ve got some new adventures to find.