I love to travel, and if FB is any indication so does everyone else. It’s enjoyable to see other places and to meet new people and have new experiences. It’s also great to get away from our normal routines and jobs and identities and just relax. So much of our day to day life is based on our career identities. The way people interact with us is often based on what we do and how they perceive that. Or it may even be based on our financial status, or church affiliation, or family relationships. But when we are out traveling I think we slip into our fundamental, childhood personality, especially if we are traveling alone or with a trusted companion and not a group. We often call this “letting our hair down”, which is an apt reference to being carefree and uninhibited. When I’m traveling I’m not “Mrs. Maurer”, teacher and grandmother. I’m just a woman enjoying the things I’ve always loved- nature and history.
Of course some people take this concept too far and become idiots when they travel. Instead of letting their hair down they embrace the idea of leaving their morals and their manners at home and behaving like mischievous children. The notion that no one knows them allows them to be rude and selfish. Thank goodness we don’t encounter too many of these characters, but I hope some of them realize that God travels with them!
So as we finish up the summer and you take that last vacation break, remember what your grandmother always told you-“play nice”!