Whether you’re traveling on business, a road trip to the mountains or a safari to Africa there’s a lot of anticipation.   Some good and some bad.

Remember Carly Simon?

“We can never know about the days to come
But we think about them anyway, yay
And I wonder if I’m really with you now
Or just chasin’ after some finer day

Anticipation, anticipation
Is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waitin’”

Or as Don Draper from Mad Men said,

“The worst fears are the anticipation.”

Don Draper’s kind of anticipation is the kind where your mind travels from trip planning to death in 0 to 60 in a second. Yes, when I’m planning a trip my mind naturally looks for all the harrowing risks where I will most likely die. If you’re not naturally a worrier, you probably think I’m crazy.   I worry about the flights I book, the bears that will be surely hiking along with us, the dolphins we’re swimming with (don’t rub the underside of the belly!), etc.

And who can sleep the night before a morning flight? You know the dream about missing your college final exam? I have that dream, too, but I also have a recurring dream where I can’t pack my suitcase and I can’t seem to get to the airport. And that keeps me up despite my triple alarms.

But then there’s the good kind of anticipation! This kind of anticipation keeps some of you awake at night, too. My son used to stay up late the night before a trip and wake up early on his own. When he was about five he told me this was because he had “eager issues.”

I love to read about the destinations I’m heading to for months in advance. It’s July now and I’m voraciously reading and planning a trip to Europe in August of next year. I love to research hotels, plan every detail, ask around for restaurant suggestions and loosely plot out the daily details.

If you’re like me, the planning is almost as exciting as the traveling. This is the kind of anticipation that I crave. I’m never happier than when I planning my next trip. It’s therapy for me.

From now on, I’m staying focused on the good anticipation. Or as we learned from Heinz ketchup … “It’s worth the wait” and it’s “slow good.”

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