I am not a traveler. Sure I go on vacation, but I tend to go to very low-key easy destinations. With the exception of a few Caribbean islands, most of my travel tends to include visits to out of town family and friends.
When I first learned about a potential business trip to India, I was filled with a mix of emotions. A part of me was excited. After all, ever since I did a report on India in the third grade, the country has always fascinated me. But a bigger part of me was filled with dread…
I was worried about the flight… Including layovers it was over twenty hours long. TWENTY HOURS! The longest flight I ever took was from New York to California.
I was worried about the jet lag… The area in India (Chennai) I had to travel to was ten and a half hours ahead of New York. As my good friend joked, I was traveling to the future! I worried that I would be so exhausted I wouldn’t be able to focus on my meetings.
I needed a ton of shots. Fortunately since I had to have allergy shots as a child, shots didn’t bother me. But it was just another thing I had to take care of during an already hectic time…. Since we didn’t have a definite travel date until about a week before we left the states I struggled with juggling everything related to the release and promotion of Plan Bea.
My husband always says to me, “You have gone through a lot of terrible things in your life, some of them actually happened.” And as always, he was right…
Despite the hours spent in the air, the time passed quickly. I chatted and joked with my boss, I read a few books, played Candy Crush (I am so obsessed) and wrote (Hello Plan Cee)! I never even took out the deck of cards or my adult coloring book I had packed in my “activity bag.”
I decided not to sleep on the plane at all. I didn’t think I would necessarily be able to do it, but I was determined to try. And I succeeded. Although I was up for over thirty hours straight, I was able to easily adjust to Indian time! So when I arrived for our meetings the following morning after our arrival I was fresh and ready to work. Which was great because I ended up working twelve-hour days for three days straight.
This trip totally took me outside of my comfort zone, but I am so thankful I had the experience… My only regret is it was all work and no play. I didn’t have the chance to see or experience India… When have you gone outside your comfort zone?