Pre-Departure to London

“There is such a thing as good stress.”

“What?” I stare at the computer screen, incredulously. The article explains that you can be happy, excited, hopeful, and yet still be stressed out. Stress does not have to be negative. On the contrary, it can be beneficial. The writer even listed travel as “good stress.”

I have just left finals, endless assignments, and a busy work schedule behind me. I’m looking forward to the summer and going on a dream trip. What do I have to be stressed about?

I don’t think I understood what “good stress” meant until the other day. I spent an over an hour trying to roll my sweaters perfectly. In my defense, sweaters do take up a lot of packing space and, as I’m going to London, I’m going to need them. While I do think I spent a little too much time on my sweaters, I think my “stress” over my packing is not necessarily a bad thing. I ended up being able to fit all my belongings into just a suitcase and backpack. However, I still didn’t manage to delegate all my belongings to two carry-ons, as most travel websites insist upon. Packing for two months is no small feat.

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My cat, Fitzwilliam, inspects my luggage. The TSA should hire him.

Indeed, planning a two-month trip is no small thing either. I have been trying to prepare for every detail and every contingency but this is just not possible. I don’t know what I’ll encounter or experience. However, I have found that acknowledging this fact has helped me. Now, I can look at this impending journey and accept that unexpected things will happen. I think making mistakes and being surprised will only enrich my experiences abroad.

However, I believe one can benefit from a little planning. This last week I have had fun watching travel videos, researching destinations, booking bed and breakfasts, and packing. I am especially looking forward to going to the Royal Opera House on my first night in London. Also, I bought tickets to a Jane Austen, Regency themed costume ball in Bath. This next months will undoubtedly hold many firsts for me. It is my first trip abroad. I should be nervous, but that does not mean I can’t be happy and excited as well. I feel fortunate to be able to travel and blog this summer.

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