I am currently pushing hour six of hanging out in the Bangkok airport, waiting for my 7 A.M. flight to New York. You might be thinking, “Chandler, why the hell are you at the airport almost 12 hours before your flight?” My answer for you is very simple, I’m cheap. It was cheaper for me to take a bus directly from my town to the airport, than taking a taxi later in the night or staying the night in a hotel in Bangkok. So here I am in Starbucks, sucking down an over priced coffee with three shots of espresso in it, attempting to stay awake so I can sleep on my flight and try to beat my impending 12 hour jetlag. While wandering around the airport I have had plenty of time to think, in between watching episodes of House of Cards and periodically getting up to stretch, and change locations. The thought that kept on coming back is that I have no shame, no shame in aimlessly wandering around, stretching in public, watching movies, laying on the floor or across benches, talking to random people, etc. Now, contrary to popular belief I am actually incredibly shy and in many ways introverted, but when it comes to travelling it’s really hard to be like that because it makes your experience less than enjoyable and often times more difficult. So my advice to you is to not have shame. Sit where you want to sit, make yourself comfortable, being comfortable makes you happy (“AND HAPPY PEOPLE JUST DON’T SHOOT THEIR HUSBANDS…. THEY JUST DON’T”) and being happy helps for smoother travels. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help, I have often times really struggled with this because I hate admitting defeat, feeling inferior, or being wrong, but you can have none of this when you travel. I have met so many amazing and helpful people just by putting on a smile and asking for help. I’m rambling here, but the point is, traveling is about opening yourself up to new places, people, and experiences and that can be really hard to do if you’re nervous about looking weird or stupid, or saying something dumb. So let your proverbial freak flag fly and have fun, because if your not having fun travelling than come on, what’s the point?
On a completely unrelated note, this thought might have been induced by lack of sleep and an abundance of coffee, but have you every noticed that when you type Beyoncé’s name it says it’s incorrect spelling if you don’t use the accent and in some cases it autocorrects it for you. I attached a picture for proof. Yupp, so that’s what I had to say, also I’m slightly terrified for being grossly underprepared for the weather in NYC, wish me luck.
Also, I didn’t post last week, because like I stated earlier, I’m cheap and I didn’t want to pay for a months worth of Wi-Fi when I would only be home for a week, so yeah.
Love ya’s (double air kiss)
p.s. If you didn’t get the Legally Blonde and Mean Girls references, you’re tacky and I hate you.
p.p.s. If you know where that last reference is from you get a gold star, you go Glen Coco.
THE WORLD IS TOO SMALL. AS I WAS SITTING HERE, I LOOK UP AND SAW ONE OF MY STUDENTS PARENTS. I DON'T KNOW WHO WAS MORE CONFUSED/SURPRISED, ME OR OR HER. ANOTHER REASON WHY TRAVELLING IS AWESOME AND NEVER STOPS SURPRISING ME.