Less than 24

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” Anthony Bourdain

IDA #2

Travel isn’t always pretty. Prior to my current lifestyle, I had unknowingly glamorized the high-fly life. Take off. Land. Transport. Hotel. Repeat. Four years in and my perspective has drastically shifted. I’m currently sitting at the Idaho Falls airport waiting for a flight to Salt Lake to head back to San Diego. I’ll be in SD tonight then will be flying out to Denver tomorrow. Sometimes, it works out that way. And as exhausting as it will be – seeing my bed in the middle of the week always feels like a divine gift from the gods. I can barely keep my eyes open. However, I am committed to having an outlet outside of work to help me prevent burnout and keep me motivated! And who knows – it might inspire (or terrify lol) someone out there. (Yes – I made sure my reports were finished prior to partaking in my extracurricular activity of photography and blog writing). Here’s a story for ya…

There are no non-stop flights between Idaho Falls and San Diego – believe me, if there were, I would kiss the ground eternally. Idaho Falls has a very small regional airport (IDA). You have two hub options: You’re either flying (1) United via Denver (DEN) or (2) Delta via Salt Lake City (SLC). When I walked into the airport today I saw that there is going to be a non-stop between Idaho Falls and LAX. That might be worth investigating, but if there’s anything I’ve learned in these four years of travel, it’s that it pays off (quite literally) to stick to your airlines.  Also, who wants to drive into LAX, like ever? It also depends on your company’s booking policies – whatever meets the SOP standards! 😛

So that story…

Last night I landed at SLC ready to catch my flight to IDA. Soon after arriving to my gate, a delay was announced. Then a second, and a third, and the a fourth, which pushed the flight to the next morning. Here’s the deal – I was supposed to be in Blackfoot, Idaho at a site by 8AM. The flights was set to depart at 6:45AM (given no delays) and would have landed a little over an hour later. By the time I would have gotten my rental car and made my way to the site, I would have arrived at 9AM. Adaptability activate! In order to travel as often as I do and still have a relatively healthy life, you need two things: (1) Good time management skills, (2) Adaptability – a willingness to figure it out on your feet when your carefully crafted plans fail (which will be often – comes with the territory). I suddenly remembered that a former coworker had told me that Salt Lake City wasn’t too far of a drive from Idaho Falls. I looked up the time/distance on my Waze and as soon as I confirmed that it was a 3 hour drive, I made my way to the rental car station. I rented a car and by 10PM I was on my way to Idaho from Utah. As soon as I hit the exhaustion wall, I called my friend Nick. As always, he came through – there was no off roading involved in reaching this destination. He stayed on the phone with me until I arrived to my hotel at 1AM. Also, the speed limit on the I-15 North is 80 MPH (just FYI).

This morning, I successfully conducted my visit and here I am back at the airport ready to fly home. I think I mentioned somewhere, that often (because of air travel), I spend less than 24 hours at any given destination. Luckily, I’m no longer flying all over the place and just sticking to the West Coast!! I’ve seen a lot and I’m super grateful for it, but I have a body with needs like sleep and rest! Delta cancelled my return flight home because I didn’t show up for my second leg of last night’s flight this AM, but it’s all good! I was just re-booked. I’m super ready to board this flight and take a looong nap (or at least try to!).