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.