How to mitigate the frustrations of travel, when the stimulation of new and exciting scenery and situations may not enough? I was in New Jersey last week, which, while far from my California home, is still not exactly an exotic trip to a foreign place. Luckily, there were no major travel hiccups, my hotel was excellent, and the conference I was attending was stimulating and informative. But even in that best-case scenario, I still had frustrations such as jet lag which prevented me from sleeping well, a full schedule allowing little time to myself, and environs that prevented me from exploring (apparently the beautiful woods nearby were “full of bears,” so my only option for outside entertainment was a giant suburban mall). And my flight back was a bit more complicated than my flight out, involving a taxi, shuttle, train, and after a short visit to some family in New York, a gratefully accepted ride to the airport. Then I had two stops on my flight before arriving home, which is again, not ideal.
What to do when you are surrounded by people and have no choice but to wait, or make your next connection? How to take breaks for yourself when you’re traveling, so you can maintain a peace of mind that can be hard to come by when on the go and away from home? For me, it involves lots of podcasts, music, audiobooks, and physical books and notebooks, so I can create a private space for myself when in public. It’s not that I don’t enjoy engaging with people I meet out in the world, but in an airport or train station--I’d really like to just be invisible sometimes. Any introvert and probably some extroverts will know the feeling.
What do you do to create private space for yourself when in public?