We all know what happens to the best laid plans. Has anyone ever taken a trip that has gone according to the itinerary? Has every activity or event gone off without a hitch?
What do we expect? When we travel, we're out of our element, our comfort zones. We're like rabbits, let loose among coyotes -- easy prey for the beast of fate.
It's natural to get frustrated or angry when things don't go as imagined, but why not accept reality, be one with it, and take it in good humor. That's what we've done with the stories in this chapter. They remind us to roll with the punches -- and always have a backup plan.