If I had a dollar for every time my travel plans were put into chaos by a volcano … well, I’d have exactly a dollar. While I’m supposed to fly from Miami to Paris on Wednesday, I’ve adopted an “expect the worst” attitude. (I’ve given up on “hope for the best.”
A week ago, I was completely stressed out over the fact I had to take a four-day trip to Jamaica, feeling the timing couldn’t be worse given my return to Paris a few days later. Who knew that would turn out to be the least of my worries?
But I’m not the least bit worried or upset by this – which, frankly, scares the heck out of me. I’m not a worrier by nature, but I would have thought a hitch like this would get me at least a little riled up. Then again, maybe all those years practicing Buddhism has finally kicked in. There’s not much one can do in this situation, after all. Yelling and screaming at the volcano won’t get it to stop doing its thing any faster. And as eager as I am to get back to Paris, I’d like to get there without my airplane’s engines stalling out at 30,000 feet.
Then again, I am one of the lucky ones who has quite a bit of flexibility working for me. I can go whenever the airline says I can go. But there are people out there who are stranded and trying to get home, and they’re running out of money. There are others who are desperate to make it to family events, like weddings and funerals. And let’s not forget about the businesses who are suffering because of this.
Are you stranded and trying to get home? Have your travel plans been impacted? Has your business suffered? Please share your stories below and, who knows, maybe we can get people connected to make things just a little easier.