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17 March 2009 @ 08:48 pm
So I leave for LA in two days...  
...and for the VERY first time I have travel stress. :P It's usually Mark that has the stress when it comes to vacations, but this time it's me! I LOVE traveling and I love the unexpected,... so I know that isn't the cause... but I also know that I don't like to feel like I have no freedom, and I think since I've never been on a cruise, I fear that's how it will be...

For the very first time I'm not renting a car in LA... I'm having a shuttle take me to the port in Long Beach, BUT I arrive SO early in the morning (6:30am!!) and I don't have to be at the port until 12noon... I was going to rent a car and run errands before heading down there, but I didn't want to have to pay for the car AND parking the three days of the cruise... it really seemed pointless. So I'm taking a shuttle. I hate not having options. :P And I think that's what stressing me out.

Which is why I could never go on a tour... some people (like Mark) love tours because they are taken everywhere and they don't have to find places, etc. I hate tours, only because I feel like my freedom is taken away and that, to me, is one of the best parts of traveling... the discovering of places, the freedom, and the unknown. Something extremely structured like this cruise is giving me a lot of stress...

Please don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining at all! I'm very excited about the cruise, seeing all my Nuke friends, and seeing Van & Jake... But it's become extremely stressful for me... MUCH more than I thought.
Current Mood: stressedstressed
zortrana: Nukezortrana on March 18th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a wonderful time on the cruise! It sounds so fun.

Secretly? I am a little afraid of going on a cruise. I'm afraid I would feel claustrophobic and trapped.
Sheri: Luke & Noah 2shutterbug93 on March 19th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!! I think that the fact that I've never been on one before has a lot to do with my anxiety! ;P

And I have to agree with you to an extent... I'm not really claustrophobic, but I can see how one might easily feel that way on a cruise.
Aparna: Myselfinspirethoughts on March 18th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
You will be fine..dont worry. Just enjoy the trip. :)
Sheri: Sheri & Van - DDR02shutterbug93 on March 19th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
there would never be anyone for me but you: van/jakejessnic85 on March 18th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
HUGS!! So sorry that you are having such a stressful time... we haven't even finished our shopping or even begun packing yet, so I understand how you are feeling. I just know that everything is going to work out just fine, though, and that we are going to have a great time! :)

Hmmmm... I wonder if it would help if you thought about it this way: trapped on a boat... with Van & Jake. ;) :D

Sheri: Luke & Noah 3shutterbug93 on March 19th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
Can't wait to see you both!! I can't believe that we've been talking about this cruise for, like 8 months now and it's finally around the corner. :) Now that it's here, I feel like I couldn't be further from being ready. ;P

And HAHA!! Poor Van and Jake! Being trapped on the boat with all the Nukies! ;)
Was I in it?alligatorandme on March 18th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
A good cruise will have a nice balance between freedom and structure. Don't worry too much! :)
Sheri: Luke & Noah Bumpershutterbug93 on March 19th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comment! I guess, I looked at the itinerary and kind of freaked out a bit... I'm usually not a worrier about traveling so this travel stress is really new to me!
karmastyxkarmastyx on March 19th, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
Man I wish I was able to read lj everyday or atleast often. I would so come meet you before your cruise. I live in Long Beach. I guess if you get this, and still have time, give me a call/text 562-916-6316. Have fun though! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 19th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
Laura!!! Thanks for your texts and I hope we are able to meet up before I leave for the cruise! That would be SO nice!! I miss you!!