My mother arrived last night from Sydney with her own adventure travel experience – she picked up someone else’s luggage and we only found out when she was trying to open it last night, surprised that her keys wouldn’t fit! She assumed it was hers because she said it looked like hers.
Funny thing about traveling is how it mimics the uncertainties that we encounter in our lives as snippets of hilarious, uncomfortable and trying moments. We pack our suitcases with all the clothes and things we expect to use for the trip along with goodies to give as presents to relatives and friends. We create plans and itineraries to make sure we get to do all the things we want to do for the trip – visit interesting sites, renew old ties with friends and relatives, experience the local cuisine and culture, meet new people, do a bit of sports, create new business – planning the trip alone is an ordeal!
As we pack our suitcases we carry with it our baggage, anticipating and expecting resolutions. Presents for a loved one you missed to communicate your affection … clothes to wear to project your confidence … comfortable footwear for the long walks you expect while holding hands with your partner … sexy swimmers for those opportunities to show off those endless hours at the gym … sunglasses to hide the tears from the recent falling out … provocative lingerie or underwear together with condoms and lubes, you never know, you might get lucky … toiletries to wash off the dirt and mask the smell of guilt … chocolates for those kinky nights … chocolates for those lonely nights … toys for the kids that you think are yours … toys for the adults to augment yours…
We check them in at the airport and for a few hours we are relieved but at the same time anxious of how they are handled and mixed with other baggage. At the port of destination there is always the feeling of anxiety – which carousel, has it come out yet, what if someone else picked it up (if you were with my mother on this flight and you suddenly lost your luggage, then you know what happened), what if your baggage get exposed – your dirty laundry, your secrets, your desires.
We long for the satisfaction of our expectations and resolutions of issues and we bring to our trips the tools that would facilitate these. But we can only bring so much and we have to make do with what is available. Challenges are presented each step of the way, we all laugh, we all cry, we all love, we all lose, we all get hurt, we triumph. And at the end of each trip we look back through photos, stories, memories hoping to learn from the experience, but more than anything else, longing to do it all over again – the pain, the pleasure, the love, the hurt, the victory.
My mom got her luggage back but you can imagine how upset the other party was, wouldn’t you? Worse, except for the color, both luggage don’t look anything alike! So here are some useful advice on how not to lose your luggage and buying tips so you can protect your luggage from my mom picking it up:
- Get a set that speaks about you and the experiences you will have with it on your adventure travels. Remember, you are what you carry and it helps you locate them amidst all the others from the carousel. I always think, if I were a luggage what would I be like?
- Once you got the right set, get to know it. Feel it, caress it, get to know the texture, size, color and possible adventures you will have with it. It will be your best friend or your worst enemy during your trip so choose wisely. You do not want to be stuck with a roll around luggage on a hiking trip unless it has its own engine!
- Mark your luggage conspicuously, again with something that is closer to your personality or the adventure you are seeking. Markers are subtle announcements of the energies you are inviting from the adventure universe.
- Label your luggage with your name, address and phone numbers. Your relationship status and what you are seeking are optional information, but who knows, you might hit the jackpot and find the right one to share your luggage with. Don’t overdo the labeling though, you might seem desperate.
- I always make it a point to look for similar luggage while standing in the queue during check-ins. This way you are already performing a risk assessment, but then again if my mother is on the same flight I doubt you’d ever be safe.