Nancy’s 2011 Travel Wishes

by Nancy Bestor

It’s almost 2011, and I thought it would be a good time to share my travel wishes for the new year. Our family’s travels in 2010 were great, but there is always room for improvement right? Here are my top 10 travel wishes for 2011:

  1. That the person I stand behind in the airport security line remembers not to be carrying an 8 ounce bottle of water, or a full size bottle of shampoo, or a Swiss army knife, or anything that will make an already long line even longer. We’ve been doing this for almost 10 years now. It’s time to get with the program people.
  2. I hope to continue eating delicious street food around the world: things like tacos, pad kee mow, falafels, and pho, to name a few of my favorite delicacies.
  3. That people remember how fortunate we are to be able to travel. We fly 30,000 feet IN THE AIR and cross the United States in as little as five hours. This is a trip that would have taken our ancestors days, weeks, and even months to accomplish. We can make it to just about any spot on the globe in less than 24 hours. Pretty amazing when you think about it.
  4. That my travel on public transportation is as easy, smooth and reliable as train travel on the Swiss Rail System. Why can’t all countries learn from the Swiss so we can set our clocks by the departure time of trains, buses, planes, and more? If the Swiss can do it, can’t we all?
  5. That people are kinder to airline and TSA employees. It’s not their fault that your plane is delayed, or the security is tighter. They are just doing their job, following the rules their boss told them to follow. Let’s cut them some slack.
  6. That I can learn to pack less clothing.
  7. Let’s be more flexible in 2011. Weather is going to delay our travels. Mechanical problems are going to delay our travels. That’s just the way it goes.
  8. I hope to stay healthy while traveling. It’s no fun being sick anywhere, but it’s especially not fun to be sick in a foreign country.
  9. When my flight is oversold, and the airline asks for volunteers willing to take a later flight, I hope I am able to volunteer, I hope to get chosen and I hope to be well compensated.
  10. World peace. Because who doesn’t wish for world peace?