Traveling can be hard. Carrying all your stuff around to places you’ve never been before, where loads of people are all minding their own business can definitely be a challenge. You can feel completely lost. At those times all you really need is a friendly voice, someone who can make you feel a little bit less lost.
I was very lucky on my last travels. In 24 hours I visited 5 airports and had 4 different flights to make it to my USA family all the way from Amsterdam. Everything was same old same old until I was waiting at Newark airport for my next flight where a man came walking by, carrying a shopping bag from the “Blokker”, a shop that everyone knows in my home country. After such a long flight I was very surprised to see it obviously.
I was sitting there in the waiting area seeing him pass by with a huge smile on my face.
The man, thinking that I was laughing at him, asked me what I was laughing about. I explained myself and we ended up talking about his life, my life and more.
He was waiting for the same flight that I was on stand by for, so when they started boarding we exchanged info and said goodbye. Luckily I was able to board on the same flight, and after the flight we met up again. He showed me the way around the airport and bought me some very good food. With me being all set up, he moved on to his own destination.
It made my day, and I wish that those things would happen a lot more.
It would be great if we could all be more open and let other people into our lives. Maybe that one smile will make a friend for life.