Travelogue: Dealing with Pre-departure Stress Syndrome

A warm welcome awaits me upon my arrival at the W Bali – Seminyak.


You’d think that by now I’d have it all down pat. My bills would be paid. My bags would be packed. My documents would be in order …

But – as I entered into my final 24 hours until takeoff – I was suffering from a severe case of PDSS, otherwise known as “pre-departure stress syndrome”.

First I realized that I had forgotten to renew my travel insurance. Not that I’m a pessimist, but I DID suffer that accident on a trip a couple of years back – and I’m sure glad I was insured.

Otherwise, I would have been seriously out of pocket!

Then I discovered an unpaid bill for my credit card. That sent me into a tizzy.

“How could I have forgotten to pay my bill – AGAIN!!!” I asked myself.

Worst of all, I didn’t think I had enough money in my current account – so I couldn’t just write a cheque. It might BOUNCE!!! I’d have to figure out a way to transfer funds, and I was TIRED!!! This was the LAST thing I wanted to deal with the night before an extended trip.

Step by Step

I decided that it was time to get organized. I gathered up all of those papers that I had not had time to sort through and went through them one by one, separating them into two piles: “deal with these tonight” and “worry about these when you get back”.

At the very bottom of the pile, I discovered my most recent credit card bill. It had been paid IN FULL! Knowing that I might forget, I had decided to pay it ahead of schedule! And then I forgot that I did it …

Then there were those four newspaper articles that I wanted to submit before I left. I hadn’t accumulated all of the information I needed, and time was running out.

Where were the answers to those questions I had sent you one full week ago? Don’t people understand what a deadline is?

When Push Comes to Shove

“Calm down!” I said to myself. “Things always work out. Just CALM DOWN!!!”

A couple of phone calls later, and things were starting to fall into place – as they always do. Re-thinking things, I managed to re-angle two of my stories, and – voila! – I had just what I needed, one hour before deadline.

I sent off all four pieces – two of them, if truth be told, AHEAD of schedule (only two of them were actually due today). I hope that I don’t forget that I’ve already sent those other two stories off …

Just as I was starting to calm down, thinking that – bit by bit – I was getting things under control, I got an email from the sumptuous resort in Bali that I was scheduled to check into the following night.

It read, in part, “I am delighted to inform you that we have upgraded your accommodation …”

Bali calls. I’m starting to relax. I can hardly wait …

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