Greetings fellow travelers! I hope this post finds you well. Today I want to discuss the topic of traveling with the goal of being a blessing to someone else in mind. We all love and appreciate the epic moments we experience while on the go, but how often are we thinking of doing something nice for others? My question to you today is, do you travel with the goal of putting a smile on someone else’s face, or are you only thinking about your upcoming adventure? After reading this post, perhaps you will give it further consideration. I’m all for a great time! Lord knows I am, but it is important to me, to make a positive impact wherever I can. So, here are 5 easy ways to extend a blessing to others- during your domestic and international travels.
Buy a Little or Latte
We all know how long those Starbucks lines are in the airport. How about striking up a conversation with the person in back of you next time, and finding out what they plan to order. Engage in random, “How’s the weather where you’re headed” type of questions first, then work your way up to what they typically order. When the moment arrives, and you actually reach the counter 30 mins later, pay it forward! It’s not only a nice surprise for the person after you, but it also gives you and warm and fuzzy feeling inside, too. You just may make a new friend for life, and even if you don’t, at least you did something to put a smile on someone else’s face. Cheers to iced chai latte (tea) with coconut milk…in case you are ever standing in the line in front of me! Haha..but seriously! LOL.
Fork Over Your Window Seat
If you happen to find yourself on a row with the kindest person ever and their little anxious toddler, who is so excited to fly for the first time, consider doing the ultimate! Let them get the sweet taste of the window seat. Chances are you’ve flown a million times by now, and even if you haven’t it’s still just nice to do. Help make the kid’s first flight an epic ride that he or she will never forget. Your incredible act of kindness will last a lifetime, or at least for the duration of the flight, and when they grow up, hopefully, they’ll consider doing the same for the little travelers who come behind. In addition, you’ll be taking some added stress off of the parent, too. The views outside will keep their little one so occupied, that it’ll make for a smooth flight for everyone…including you! This will lesson the amount of “Are we there yets?,” because they’ll be too busy counting the clouds. Look at you!
Invite a Stranger to Lounge
I was just in this position last year. I was the stranger, who got an invite to the lounge. I wasn’t able to make a Barcelona flight out of JFK one day, and the nicest guy, who just so happened to work for Delta, didn’t make the flight either. He noticed my distress and invited me up to the Delta lounge. He totally saved the day. I was beat and had been in the airport all day. Before you freak out, I felt totally safe. If you’ve ever been in one of the airline lounges, then you know, they are packed with people, well lit and have staff available onsite. There is food, TVs, places to lounge and even access to showers. They are fantastic! If you have a pass and strike up a great conversation with a random stranger, who is on your super delayed or canceled flight, be a superhero and help them out. They will be oh so grateful! As a matter of fact, I’m friends with my Delta angel to this day.
A Not So Blind Lunch Date
I’m sure by now you can tell I spend a ton of time in the airport! With a ton of flying comes delays, cancellations and even reroutes. With that being said, the airport is a great place to meet some really awesome people. I find myself talking to people at the gate or in stores all the time. How about a not so blind lunch date? Not a date, date, unless you just so happen to make a connection with a really amazing guy or gal, but otherwise, I mean a “one good human being doing a good deed to another” type of date. You can learn a lot about life and people over a meal. And if you just so happen to find a match and meet the love of your life after reading this post- because you decided to buy someone lunch, you can thank me later! I accept payments in the form of airline miles, tickets and hotels. LOL. Just kidding….uhm…unless you really just feel led to bless me of course. But seriously, there’s no better way to make a person’s day than by buying them a hot or cold meal. Bon appetit!
Share the Plunder
There have been a few times in my life where people have complemented certain items of mine, and I felt led to give it to them. Just recently, on a reroute to Detroit from Boston, I met the nicest lady and her daughter. She’d just turned 21 (the daughter,) and really liked my jean tote bag. I was so exhausted that night, considering we’d just endured the day from well… it certainly was not Heaven let’s just say, and it was roughly 12:30 am by the time the airline got us all situated with a hotel. I wanted to just give her my bag then, but didn’t have the energy before we parted, to dump the contents and pass it on. Fortunately, we’d exchanged names, etc. and they reached out to me of FB, to offer me a ride the next day to Cleveland. We had all been on a cancelled flight, and Detroit was the closest place that 5 of us decided to head to. We all figured it would be pretty easy to get to OH from there, and after being stuck in Boston for 13 and a half hours, I was ready to get to just about anywhere else, that wasn’t there. In any case, I didn’t get to take them up on their offer for a ride, because I’d already made arrangements earlier that next morning to get to Cleveland. I was trying to get to my aunt’s memorial service, so it was imperative that I make it to my home state in time. In any case, I was so thrilled to hear from them and upon getting to Ohio, I got the address to send that young lady my tote bag. I have a million of them, so why not bless her with one. No biggie!! Happy to share the spoil and hope she had a super 21st birthday.
Jean Tote with Contents Prior to Passing It On
Thanks for reading, dear friends! Here’s to happy, safe and “paying it forward” travels to you. Have a great November and remember to be thankful for all that’s been given to you.