My summer 2011 trip was an amazing experience that not only helped me escape a miserable job, but set off my points and miles obsession.
The trip was very last minute – my dad called me at work one week before departure, notifying me that he had booked the tickets. I was able to get three weeks off and we were all set to leave on June 14.
I was thrilled and looking forward to the trip. Aiming to pack just a carry-on, I got talked into taking a giant suitcase and stuffing 80% of my wardrobe into it. Nonetheless, it was an amazing trip that completely changed my outlook. I became much more positive and learned to enjoy life and take it easy, especially after visiting Kabul. I’m a control freak and Kabul is about as chaotic as any place can get. I realized early on that I had no control over the tornado of dysfunction around me, and that I better ease up and just enjoy it for what it was.
Going back to Germany, where I grew up, was very comforting. I had always loved the serenity of rural Denmark, I finally got to see what all the hype was about in Dubai, and I was going back to where I was born. I have fond memories of that trip and look forward to sharing them in the next few posts.