My AHA Moment with Shared Transportation

I went to a Travel conference in November that was held in Orlando, FL. I went with the intentions of gathering new ideas and learning ways to better Erica James Travel in 2013. Although, I was inspired by all the information that I received, I also realized a few important things about traveling and being on vacation.
I was attending a conference, however it was still vacation to me and I wanted to be treated as such. It is my perspective that I am on vacation every time I travel, and I do not want to compromise on things that are going to enhance my travel experiences.

There are some things I simply have learned by experience that I will not compromise. I do not want to compromise on transportation. When I arrived at the Orlando Airport and after waiting for my bags, I was ready to get to my resort and relax before the conference started. I headed to the shuttle service that was booked for me and was told that it would be 30 minutes or less before my shuttle would arrive. I was handed a pager and I sat and waited for almost 30 minutes for my shuttle to arrive.

While waiting, I decided that waiting was unacceptable to me. It was cutting into my relaxation time. When my pager went off and I looked up and saw that my transportation had arrived, it all became clearer and that is when I had my AHA moment! When I saw the 12-seated passenger van pull up, as the transportation I was receiving, at this moment, I realized that this was not how I wanted to start my vacation and nor did I ever want to settle for “shared transportation” again. Shared transportation is exactly what I received–an unattractive van with too many strangers.

After waiting for my shared transportation and delaying my relaxation because I had to ride through every stop on the way to my destination to drop off other passengers that I was sharing the service with because none of us were staying at the same hotel. I finally arrived at the resort, got myself checked in and headed to the breakfast buffet to finally get something to eat.  I arrived at the breakfast buffet at 11:15 am to  be told the buffet closes at 11:30am.  I was frazzled and this is not way to start off a vacation.

I arrived at the Orlando airport at 9:30 AM.  It took me 2 hours to get from the airport to the my room because I spent the majority of my time waiting on the shared transportation and dropping other passengers off.

My AHA Moment was—I am tired of accepting less than I deserve. I no longer want to compromise on the things that are going to enhance my situation. I work hard and deserve a few luxuries in my life.  I am going to start enjoying those luxuries.

Erica James

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Author: Erica James

Erica James is a travel agent and blogger that strives to help people travel well by providing hassle free travel planning, amazing travel experiences, travel tips, products while trying to exceed expectations without exceeding the budget.

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