Most of the time, I travel in my own little bubble – following my (or my family’s) own itinerary and schedule. There are a few times during the year however – like Thanksgiving – when that individual bubble gets popped and I feel a true connection with my fellow travelers.
Airports are dizzying; flights are delayed; airplanes are packed; weather is unpredictable; roads are jammed; people are irritable (to put it nicely). But for some reason during the waning days of November, I find that I can breathe deeply, look around at the madness and think “hey, we’re all in this together.”
In those times of concentrated, time-constrained travel, it doesn’t surprise me that we’re beginning to see more and more social media updates from people offering travel tips, voicing commiseration and sympathy, or seeking info on the reason for delays and alternative routes.
Last Thanksgiving, I noticed a few Facebook friends offering alerts on traffic jams from the road – very useful for anyone who