Are you a Good Travel Companion? I guess first we need to define what makes s good travel partner.
I think a good travel partner packs the most important thing first, a sense of humor. Humor is needed because rarely do plans go as perfectly as expected, the unexpected happens. Humor makes the adjustment better.
A good companion is willing and able to stay on budget, regardless if the budget is high or low.
A good companion is considerate of time constraints and is punctual. They are able to use time wisely.
A good companion does not pack everything they own, knowing that added luggage is added burdens and often added fees..
A good companion has taken sometime prior to the trip to orient themselves to the destination. Knowledge is power and knowing in advance helps lessen disappointments of the highly anticipated.
A good companion is willing to try new experiences from food to cultural traditions.
A good companion is flexible and diverse. They are up for a variety of options from shopping to museums to religious icons to nature.
A good companion has energy to complete a full day of fun.
A good companion does not want to stay up late drinking all night and then sleep in the next day. They realize they can do that at home.
A good companion is patient. Everyone knows "a few minutes" in travel time could mean hours.
A good companion is a good communicator. They can listen but they can also seek information when necessary.
So are you a good travel companion?
And our Planet Earth and Mother Nature continue to challenge us. This past week the earthquakes have continued; the flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and heavy spring snows have all occurred, and that is just in the United States. Not to mention that the first spring storm Tropical Storm Ana formed weeks before the official start of hurricane season.
Since most of these events occur without a lot of warning today I have one quick message… emergency preparedness.
I have spoken in the past about being prepared for emergencies and having an emergency kit available to “Grab & Go”. For your sake and your family’s well-being please get an emergency kit ready.
There are many websites that have numerous recommendations of the items that should be put in your emergency kit. Please take the time to do some research and find the essentials that are most needed for your specific emergency kit for your area.
Do not delay because is certainly seems as if Planet Earth and Mother Nature are working together to keep us on our toes!
The earth continues to be shaking and baking. We are not only talking about the explosive volcano in Chile and the devastating earthquake in Nepal. But now we are also talking about an underwater volcano off of the coast of Oregon, a volcano in Indonesia and earthquakes in California, Michigan, Mississippi plus one in Papua New Guinea! Actually yesterday alone (Sunday May 3) there were 90 recorded earthquakes throughout the world!!!! Thankfully they were not of the Nepal magnitude.
Of course let's not forget the volcanoes that continue to erupt in Hawaii, Guatemala, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand and Italy. And remember that's all within the past few days.
While traveling on a trip to Kenya as we entered the great rift travel companion that happened to be a geologist explained many things to me. He told me that basically when we have an earthquake and the plates of the earth shift downward to the earth's core. The plates start to melt causing more lava. The increase in lava then needs to go somewhere so we have volcanic eruptions. How he explained it actually made sense to me.
To all of the geologist out there I apologize if I did not have the exact terminology but I think that sums it up basically for those of us that are not scientist.
The photos below demonstrate the usual areas of concern, not that a really understand all of it but I do not see Michigan highlighted.
So with all of that said do we all need to think more about emergency preparedness?
about your travel experiences or offer advice for myself and other travelers!