Some people don't like to travel because of fears. Some are small fears and some big (i.e. what if I get lost, what if the airline loses my luggage).
This is a feature about how to address some of the small fears. I'll call them #painpoints.
I haven't been anywhere on a trip where I've not been approached by someone wanting money, or a cigarette.
LOTS of stories!
While waiting for the Blue line (you catch the Blue line subway — at the Clinton station — two blocks away from Union Station if you're arriving to Chicago on Amtrak) to take my wife and I to O'hare, a gal approached my wife and I and asked if she could have our Ventra tickets. She said the cards had another ride credit on them, and we wouldn't need to use them again between Clinton an the airport. I declined a couple of times and she got visibly frustrated. She decided to act on her frustration. She reached up for the the scarf wrapped around her neck. She hooked onto it with a couple fingers and pulled the scarf down to reveal a small cross tattoo. She said, with great intensity, "you think I'd be tryin' to take advantage of you if I'm walkin' around with one of these?!"
#painpoint People asking you for money.
One way to help soften the #painpoint of being asked for money while traveling is to decide, ahead of time, what you're going to do when people approach. If it's money, make sure you have a several dollar bills you can easily pull out. Or plan on having a few quarters.
The Stoics might recommend "practicing" the things you fear. By planning ahead (planning = practicing) you just might find you can use the exercise to — even — become more compassionate. And to remove a #painpoint keeping you from getting out there.
In the comments below, I'd love to hear about any common #painpoints you've run into while traveling — or painpoints that keep you from getting out there.