Traveling To -v- Traveling From….Vegas Style

AUTHOR: | POSTED: June 13, 2011 | COMMENTS: 2 Comments
CATEGORIES: Daddy on The Fly,

Sean Savage

     Have you ever noticed how your attitude is different when traveling to a vacation versus traveling from a vacation?  We recently flew to Las Vegas for a trip that included a little business mixed with a little R&R.  The first leg of our stay included a business conference and our first “official” speaking engagement (about some of the important lessons we’ve learned over the past two years).  We tacked on a couple of extra days of…well…nothing, to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary.  As I sat on the plane during our ride home, it struck me that there is no greater contrast than a flight traveling to Vegas than a flight traveling from Vegas.  I decided the best way to contrast these two flights is to give a top five list. (I tried to come up with a top 10, but ran out of time and ideas.)

Traveling To Traveling From
Smiles Glazed over expression
Thick wallet Empty wallet
General joviality Quiet as a library
Drinking and partying Requests for pillows and Tylenol
Dreams Regrets


     I admit that I’m not really a fan of Vegas.  I don’t gamble and I’m way past the partying scene. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the great weather, the beautiful hotel, some uninterrupted time with my wife, and the revelation that our state of mind at any given point directs our spirit and emotions.  I believe it is better to approach life with a positive state of mind—to be more like those traveling to and less like those traveling from.  The future holds much for each of us.  Some of it will positive and easy, and some of it will be unwelcome and challenging.  Our state of mind will ultimately determine how we manage both sides of the equation.  I choose the “traveling to” attitude!

2 Comments on “ Traveling To -v- Traveling From….Vegas Style ”

  • nicole fraser | June 13th, 2011 3:36 pm

    Thanks Sean for your wise words. I recently found myself at a crossroads.. do i look at this as ‘a moving forward” or as a reminder of the past hurts. I choose forward. Not that that is always the easy choice but l feel , like your lists, it is the more positive of the two. There will always be joys and also difficulties.. not easy to live though for sure.. and they happen to all of us..
    Just wanted to say thanks for reminding me to try and stay on the “travelling to” side.

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  • Sean Savage | July 5th, 2011 10:58 am

    Thank you for sharing with me. I wish you the best as you move forward!

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