Long-distance travel is easier than in the olden days. However, preparing for long-distance travel today is fraught with annoying decisions, mainly because of the technology that makes travel easier. (Take a notebook.)
The experience of long-distance travel is absurdly easy. Maybe you hate airports and planes, but not me. From that crucial first announcement assuring us that we have boarded the correct plane, I am utterly relaxed. Body, mind and spirit simmer down. Molecules, follicles, neurons, dendrites and mitochondria calm their jiggling, wriggling and toe-tapping.
Did I fail to empty the cat's litter box or cancel that Pilates class? Tough titties: I'm on a plane, I'm out of here, I'm freeeee! No more decisions. Out pops my inner flat-worm as I surrender control to the pilot.
But this I assert (tentatively): preparing for long-distance travel might possibly be more fraught and risky than in the olden days, when we sailed to Greece in the good old Patris. And it's the same for you, if you are over 40.
First, you are now older. And smarter. And you know all the technology that is supposed to make travel easier? It also complicates your pre-travel to-do and to-decide lists.
Money: once it was cash plus travellers' cheques, end of story.
Phones: once long-distance calls were only for dire emergencies. For everything else, you sent postcards. Now you need to...
Once you packed your tickets and a list of family addresses. Now, decisions, decisions.
Enough. I could go on all day. You can think of other niggles. You know I'm right.
Meantime, safety first. Just to be thoroughly neurotic, I've got a nice little notebook in my handbag. It was $0.99 from Whitcoulls.