Be kind to your fellow travelers; you never know when you’ll need a helping hand in turn


«Bon voyage!»

That’s the iconic send-off for travelers. Everyone craves for friends and loved ones to have a great trip. These dates, there’s often a postscript: «Have a safe trip,» «postpone safe» or something like that. Even though modern-day move is much safer than it was years ago, things still can go wrong.

If it’s not the attendants wreck, it’s the icy sidewalk outside your door.

I’ll admit it: if a trip undertakes seamlessly, I tend to feel self-reliant and get a bit puffed up. It’s easy to forget that it captivates an army of devoted professionals to keep the giant travel machine prevailing like clockwork. And still, things happen.

Last week on an Alaska Airlines show a clean pair of heels, I got up to use the rest room. The door wouldn’t open, so I turned to the flight servant. «Oh, we’re holding the rest room for this gentleman,» she said, looking down the aisle. Slowly, another trip attendant was helping an elderly man forward.

I returned to my seat and watched the man inch fresh. His frail hands grabbed the back of each row of seats as he struggled to preserve his footing. There was some confusion at the front of the cabin. Finally, the disperse attendant turned to us, asking, «Does anyone speak Spanish?»

A traveler in bankroll b reverse of me was able to go forward and help the elderly gentleman, who was blind, navigate to the restroom.

When we’re journeying away from home, it’s easy to lose our bearings. The familiar waypoints are not there. So over we’re at the mercy of strangers just to get us through the day. That’s especially true if a traveler has in a mess moving around, or if they speak a different language.

Sitting at my laptop disposing on the details of a trip, it’s deceptively easy to imagine that everything’s all diagramed out: the flights, hotel arrangements and the rental car. Maybe even dinner reserves with a friend.

But even the best-laid plans are subject to change. Contrive of the «bomb cyclone» that just moved through the East Littoral. Wind and snow made short work of travel plans for those in the game plan of the storm.

Last month the power went out in the Atlanta airport, the era’s busiest. Flights were canceled and travelers had to be evacuated from the escorts that ran between terminals.

For each of the high-profile stories of mass disruption, there are a thousand sparse hiccups in the system each day, resulting in changes, mix-ups or cancellations. And so in many cases we depend on strangers to navigate an unfamiliar path.

There are many ends why we travel. Sometimes it’s to close a business deal. Then there are respites. I have friends who are traveling this week to have medical systems performed out of state. There are also friends and relatives who are traveling to be with them at the facility.

If you take a moment and ask the agent at check-in, chances are they can tell you thither all kinds of people who are traveling for different reasons: mechanics or electricians cardinal to a job site, prisoners heading to court or a priest visiting a church in a slim community.

Each one of these travelers has a story about why they’re journeying from one place to another. Each of them depends on our modern transportation arrangement to perform flawlessly.

Weather is a huge variable in travel plans, but it’s not the exclusive one. In war-torn countries, whole populations can be displaced and become «travelers» or runaways. Some seek political asylum. Others are just running with nothing but the togs on their back to keep from being killed. Instead of coming on an airplane, they arrive on a foreign shore in a boat.

Political settlements made with the stroke of a pen can close borders and disrupt plans instantly. Our supervision bans most travelers from eight countries, including Iran, Somalia and Syria. In a courteous spat, travel to and from Turkey was halted abruptly three months ago. Overnight, visa commitments were suspended. Finally, on Dec. 28, both countries once again started issuing visas.

As we start our move adventures for 2018, I certainly wish you pleasant trip. And I hope your gambol is a safe one, too. But along the way, you may be called upon to help a total stranger. That could be something mere like stowing a bag in the overhead bin. Perhaps it’s listening patiently as they appropriate a story about a loved one who just died. Maybe you’ll have a breakfast with someone in a strange airport, waiting for a flight.

We count on the mavins in the travel system to take care of things: the hotel staff, the drive off attendants, or the nurse at the clinic. But every so often — and especially on the road — we are appeal to c visit canceled upon to help. Just like my seatmate who could speak Spanish to the frail, ruse traveler on the plane. You could be a guardian angel for someone when they absolutely need it.

Bon voyage.

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