I have traveled since I was 2 and that makes me a veteran globetrotter (and no, I will not say how long I’ve been traveling but it has been maaaaaany years!) I have my father to thank for instilling in me the passion to discover other worlds. He was the excursionist in the family, my mom was the follower, I had no say, so I became a little of both. He was a bit of a nomad by nature and by profession. He worked in the United Nations so I grew up in 10 different countries.
I have traveled with my parents, my partners, alone, to exotic locations and others not so much so. I’ve gone for pleasure, as well as in sorrow, and work. I’ve gone by boat, by foot, by train, by car, and even by burro and any possible combination of. So you would think that the preparation of a trip of 35 days and 6 countries would not faze me one bit. After all I’ve been a TV producer, where putting out fires and juggling is part of life. Well, wrong!
I sit at the Coffee Bean in Montrose, CA, with my iTunes full volume and trying really hard not to be overwhelmed by all the visa applications that I have to fill out. I decide to “prepare” my space and in doing so manage to waste a good hour. With my space organized I have no other excuse for not tackling this. Do I need another cappuccino? No. And my little heart starts beating fast. Okaaay… they need all my main info and then exact dates of arrival and departures. Uhh, I don’t really know that. Concentrate. Yep, here are the dates. But not so sure how much longer I will extend this trip and where. Just put a date! Profession? I’m self-employed: actress. Will they question this? Oh, they need my business permit if I’m self-employed. Bank statement. What? Okay. Where am I staying in Hong Kong? Oh no! I know most of my hotels but yet haven’t decided on the Thailand or China part. And the China visa has to be in a PDF file and every time I make a correction I have to start all over again. Don’t think I’ll make it through this process so I may not have much to write about in future posts. Ay, yay, ay! (Please infuse a Spanish accent to the previous expressions.)
Cut to later in the night. Most of it is ready to go, but the undercurrent of anxiety has not gone away. Tomorrow I need to make copies and FedEx the applications to a visa handling company who will probably ask me: “Did a 2-year-old fill these out?” Will keep you posted. 🙂
Oh no… then it’s off to see what shots I need to have! Malaria pills? I may just stay home!