One of the best things about living in Kuwait is the centrality of the location. People seem to be more travel-happy here than most other places in the world. Perhaps it is because the country is small, perhaps because it is affluent and we all have extra money pouring out of our pockets – not me though, I spent all mine on my last trip! Whatever the reason, the Kuwait airport sees a ridiculous amount of weekend traffic as we jaunt off every chance we get. So here they are, your top 5 conflicts to the ubiquitous weekend getaway.
#5 The Hectic Thursday – You’re running around like a mad person to get home after work so you can pack and get to your late night flight. The world is conspiring against you. There is traffic. Your parking spot is stolen. You left your passport at the office. It could be a million different things, and generally, it is. Before you know it, what was supposed to be a twenty-minute drive to the airport has taken that long just to get out of your neighborhood! It is sweet relief when you are finally on the flight, but everything until then is madness.
#4 Last minute security hold – This is a unique-to-Kuwait thing, but lets say you’ve done your due diligence, you have managed to do everything that you are supposed to – except you forgot to check to make sure you paid those tickets you got for speeding down the 40 on your last airport run! You think everything is fine; you meet your friends at the airport, only to find that you have not been approved for travel. Nothing worse than seeing your friends off at the airport for a trip that you were supposed to go on too. (Oh, except for maybe watching them Instagram their adventures all weekend without you!).
#3 The place itself – Let’s be honest, part of why we love vacation is to see different things, but if you only have a quick weekend, you are not likely to make it very far out of the region. You may just end up spending more money than you’d like just to travel somewhere you only sort of want to visit (or have already been several times). It’s great when it works out, but when it doesn’t, or worse, if you’ve already been to your favorite list of close vacations, you are just wasting money you could be spending on the better vacation you should be holding out for.
#2 Just as you start to relax…– At its best the weekend jaunt is exactly the quick respite you need in order to sustain you until your longer break. You are dipping a toe in the relaxation pool of your eventual future – seeing which places might demand a revisit. Yet, it is hard to not hear the ever-present clock. From the moment you touchdown it says – Quick, soak it all in, you’ve only got 36 hours left. It can be hard to relax with the incessant ticking of time heading by you.
#1 The Sunday morning blues – The fleeting weekend never rings more loudly than when you are back at work Sunday morning. When the trip is still recent enough that you can still smell the wind wafting off the beach you just left…as it’s muddled amongst the exhaust of your morning commute! The fall back down to reality is a hard one, plan accordingly!
Love/Hate is your guide to all of life’s little conundrums! Hopefully you are reading this whilst relaxing in the airport lounge waiting for your mini break to take off! Bon Voyage!