Ready to go, Ready to arrive . . .

What happens when you think about being “ready to go”

First there’s the big items: where to go, flight tickets, accommodation bookings, passport current.

Then, when the time for leaving is upon us, there’s the immediate preparations: bags packed, visa organised, money,

As we are packing is the time when we think about the weather there, “what will I wear?” Therefore, we decide what clothes and such things to pack.

“Ready to go” is about preparation for what we know or, at best, what we can anticipate about what we need from here, where we are in this place, in order to get us to a new place, another place. We all know about this aspect of travelling or moving.

During the past few weeks I have been thinking about my next trip, which is now imminent – I leave in a few days. Going to Cambodia on a special assignment for Australian Business Volunteers to work with Live & Learn EE Cambodia, see my previous post for details New assignment, new challenge, for Cecil Benjamin

Suddenly I realised that there is a very important issue I need to address. I have travelled a lot for the past 40 years, around the world to many different countries, lived in 4 countries, stayed for varying lengths of time, days and weeks at a time. This time I will be staying for 3 months in another place.

“Ready to arrive” is a question people tend to overlook or take for granted. “Am I ready for what lifewill be like in the other place, that place where I am about to arrive?”.

As I have considered “ready to arrive” I have realised there are a lot of points to consider and many of these I have previously taken for granted – probably because I live in my home-country Australia, and this city, Sydney, both of which are very diverse. The basics are here around me everyday – the diversity of people, friends and clients who have settled here, as well as all the visitors,  from countries all around the world, with their languages, cultures, ways-of-doing-things and of course food from everywhere.

This background can give a false sense of confidence when it comes to considering “ready to arrive”.

  • How will I be in that place – city, country, not tourist, not local, a different form of visiting?
  • How will I interact with the people in their home city, town and country?
  • How will I go about living on the street, neighbourhood, shopping in the markets, traveling around in their forms of transport?
  • What will it be like to work in the offices there, in their work environments, in their work-styles and customs?
  • There are a lot of things to be aware of, alert to and cognisant of?
  • For however long I am away from my originating home, I will have a new home, a different home, and it will be in their place.

It’s exciting and challenging – at the same time

Suddenly I realise that, I not only have to be “Ready to go”, and “Ready to arrive”, I have to be “Ready for anything”

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