Disaster is part of travel experience
If you travel frequent enough, you would know disasters or incidents are inevitable! Problems and issues are part of the travel experience. My trip to Canada has been wonderful in every single way. Even though it was so amazing, there were still challenging situations that I had to deal with.
The incident that I am going to share with you happened on Monday 27th, while I was ready to head out to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, I decided to visit a gas station to fill up my half empty gas tank. Unbelievably, I filled diesel into my car instead of gasoline. I guess I didn't have enough coffee that morning.
Panic wasn't enough to describe how I felt at that moment! I couldn't believe what I just did!
Luckily, there was a repair shop right next to the gas station! I bet I wasn't the only one who had done that, the repair shop probably makes good income from people doing stupid things at the gas station.
Well, I wasn't the only customer they had that day and I was told it may take a whole day. The mechanic told me I may even had to wait till the next day before I could pick up my car. That almost caused me to have a nervous break down! Not just that I couldn't make it to the lakes, I had to leave for Jasper the next day and I had also booked a tour to the Columbia Glacier Icefield!
Questions flowed through my empty brain like those icy Canadian Rockies' river!
Would I be able to reschedule my tour?
If I had to stay in Banff for another night, would I be able to get a room? It was extremely challenging to find an affordable place to stay in the first place!
I really wanted to visit Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, so how am I going to squeeze them into my schedule?
And then I realized I was hungry, so I went to a nearby coffee shop to grab a cup of hot chocolate before continuing my panic episode.
After getting something in my stomach, I took a 20 minutes walk to go back to the hostel that I was staying at. Actually, that was my first walk on that route. Along the way, I started to notice all the beautiful views beside the road. The trees, the meadows, and even people's houses were interesting to me. I pulled out my camera for pictures, enjoyed the view, and really took my time on that walk. The experience was refreshing, and I wasn't nervous anymore when I arrived at the hostel. It was a great walk to see something different than usual tourist spots.
Not long after arrived at the hostel, the mechanic called to tell me he had rearranged his schedule and my car would be fixed before noon! Therefore, my schedule was back on track and I was able to make it to the beautiful Lake Louis and Moraine Lake!
It is amazing how sometimes things turn around after we change the way we handle it. Positive energy does exist and it reminded me of a quote from Bernard Williams, "There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope."
Despite the difficult travel experience I was sharing with you, I do believe in hope and miracles in my daily life. I noticed when I tried so hard to control my life, the more I messed it up. The fact is I can't control my fate, or my future, but I can chose how I face it!
If life appears to be challenging for you right now, take a deep breathe, slow down your pace to regain your direction. Regardless how bad it is, it will become history, and an interesting story that you can tell in the future!