My husband and I are taking a long weekend to attend the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’ve come to the conclusion that preparing to take a trip is exhausting. I want to get my desk caught up at work because I will be off Friday and Monday, so I’ve been getting up and going into work an hour earlier than normal each day this week, and then staying 30-45 minutes longer than normal.
Then once I get home I have other prep to do. We are doing strictly carry-on luggage, so had to pare down our camera gear considerably to make sure we could get that in. Of course packing for 3-4 days in an airline regulation size bag is tricky, but I think I’ve got it workable. Then of course the bag to go under my seat with a book, travel vouchers, camera, camera gear, etc. Could it get any more complicated?
Yes it can, our flight time is so early in the morning that I realized we are going to have to get up and on the road around the time I normally go to bed. I’m excited, but I have a feeling it is going to be an exhausting trip. Being photographers we don’t want to miss any photo ops so will be up and on the field bright and early when it opens, and then be shooting all the way through the event. I’ve discovered I can’t fit my tripod into my carry on luggage, so I’m bummed about that as there will be fireworks each night, but I’ll manage somehow.
So, is travel worth it if you have to wear yourself out in the preparation? Yes, It always is, and it will be this time as well, However as I sit here typing this post and realizing how tired I am from this screwed up week I truly do believe that Prepping for Vacation is Work!