In just one week, Travis and I are headed to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We booked the trip about six months ago, so it is hard to believe it is already time to go. We will spend a day in Lima before heading to Cusco to acclimate to the elevation. Then we will begin the four day hike to Machu Picchu. We have most of our gear, aside from a few toiletries, odds and ends and snacks, which we plan get this weekend.
I am a pretty nervous traveler, and I feel like I haven't done nearly enough research - it just snuck up on me! I used to be an event planner but had to change careers because I realized I couldn't predict things that may go wrong, and I lost way too much sleep over it.
I thought I hit the jackpot when I realized that the Peruvian Consulate is located in my office building - one of the benefits of living in the heart of our nation's capital?
But then Travis told me that I can't wander in there like it's AAA. After consulting with a friend who works in international affairs, I learned that the consulate does much more important things than providing maps and travel tips to future tourists...
So overall, I am very excited, but a little anxious and paranoid that I may get sick or hurt or something in the next week before the trip.
One thing I am happy about is my state of mind before I leave, aside from the small worries of course. This time last year, I don't think I would have made it through the hike (knock on wood, because I haven't made it yet). I wasn't fueling myself enough to be able to function at a high altitude. And with my moods the way they were, I would never have lasted after the slightest discomfort. I would have had anxiety about the food we might be provided and I would have wanted to control every single thing that happened.
But when you travel, you have to let go. You can't control the weather or the snafus. This will be a really great test of how far I have come in my attempt to "let go" of a lot of negativity and self doubt.
I think I can get through what ever comes my way next week. I am strong enough now to hike for four days straight because I have been building muscle and eating enough. I know that I am more connected to my body than I have ever been. So I am going to go on this trip and just enjoy every minute.
But in the meantime, to get rid of some of the jitters, I plan to drink wine....
And of course also focus on how awesome it will feel to make it here -
Anyone else feel like they are never prepared enough when they travel?
Any tips for truly relaxing on vacation?