“The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good”

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Voltaire Understood Dick's

I’m beginning understand why people surrender themselves to vacation and travel packages. If you stray from pre-packaged itineraries you take on uncertainty and what seem like onerous scheduling responsibilities.   

For example, generous friends gave me a debit card for a local travel agency as a retirement gift. The agency can’t help with my hope to start the trip on a commercial sailing vessel. I will have to work that out myself.  The agent did, however, provide me with an armful of glossy brocures for packaged trips to Indochina.  None of this would surprise a more seasoned traveller, and I understand it. Dick’s Drive-in won’t let me special order a hamburger either.   

All of this is fine. The travel agency can help with airlines and hotels when needed, and it is reassuring to know that I can call or email someone who will work out those arrangements in a pinch, thanks to my friends. It serves as a reminder that the “good” plan is to avoid commodification and leave the non-essential details to providence.

About Saint Expedite

Retired early, then took a trip across the Pacific from Seattle by container ship. From China I stopped in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, England and Ireland before heading home to Puget Sound. This blog is an account of my travels. Write to me at SaintExpedite@frozenheads.net
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