International travel looks different than it used to.
Luckily, it's not that different. International travel requirements seem to change on a daily basis so it's important for me to focus elsewhere. My travel journal is a documentation of my personal experiences through the French countryside and beyond.
My parents hug me good-bye after we pull up to the Appleton International Airport.
We keep tears at bay as my mother says, "I feel like I'm dropping you off at college." I hug and kiss my youngest daughter who rode along with us today. She might miss me some, but it's just an ordinary day for her. Children live in the present moment; therefore, worries and anxiety rarely exist. Child-like trust is powerful and she knows she'll see me again soon.
It's important to travel light because I'm the one responsible for transporting all luggage.
I chose to check a medium-sized suitcase because my carry-on is a camera bag filled with photography equipment required for my international travel.
I arrive at Gate 4 moments later.
That's how fast you can get through security in a nearly deserted airport. It's not always this way, but my experiences with smaller airports often exceed those of larger ones. A sense of relief washes over me as I finally sit down to relax. My ideas and creativity expand as my anxiety evaporates and I wonder if two weeks of international travel will be enough. But, it has to be.
From Appleton, I fly to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
The process is smooth and uneventful, just as I prefer it to be. We depart from O'Hare at 6:40pm and begin the longer flight to Charles de Gaulle International in Paris, France. I look around the aircraft as I get comfortable and notice only one passenger within my eyesight. It's hard to believe that the flight is so empty, but I like it this way. I stretch out three-seats wide and have ample space for my personal belongings. This makes photographing much easier as I don't have to burden the passengers occupying the seats next to me.
For the next eight hours, my only job is to fly the friendly skies (and maybe binge watch Friends)...
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