Travel Tip #21: Have a Great Attitude
Have A Great Attitude
A Buddhist proverb tells the story of a dishonest, selfish man who visited a neighboring city and returned home to report of how dishonest and selfish the citizens were. A kind, generous man visited a neighboring city and returned to his home with tales of the kindness and generosity of these neighbors. Needless to say, both men visited the same city.
When you are traveling a positive attitude is everything. Actually, this is true for every aspect of your life. Travel, like life, is a blessing and is too short to waste with a negative outlook. You only get one of these trips every so often, so why ruin it by being a Debbie Downer? You are away from home and out of your comfort zone, so your emotions tend to be magnified. If something goes wrong, or just doesn’t go your way, your negative response can seem irrational. If you are traveling with others, keeping a positive attitude is even more important as nobody wants to share a train compartment while you are airing your dirty laundry.
In order to maintain a positive attitude, it helps to keep a little perspective. If you are visiting an impoverished place, be thankful for all that you have. If you are visiting a place with a real estate market that is in the stratosphere, be thankful for the opportunity to visit.
Know Before You Go
When you are packing, leave your crabby pants at home.
If a situation cannot be changed, then there is nothing you can do about it and you should not worry. If a situation can be changed, change it and then there is nothing to worry about.