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JandaO Jul 14th, 2003 09:23 AM

When do you finally breathe?
When traveling,when do you feel that you can finally take a deep breath?

I can finally breathe when I get into the first hotel room and close the door. I sit on the bed and take a long slow sigh of relief. I made it, I am here !!!!

sheila Jul 14th, 2003 09:26 AM

When I get on the plane. It's out of my control then. (that, incidentlly, is a GOOD thing:))

Scarlett Jul 14th, 2003 10:09 AM

I think I feel the way Sheila does. Once we are on the plane, we are on the way and I am just happy with that! That is when I sit back, order a drink and relax:)

JackOneill Jul 14th, 2003 10:14 AM

Like Sheila and Scarlett, I normally breathe when I get on the plane (and it takes off).

If I have a long drive AFTER the plane touches down, I don't breathe until I get to my final destination.

Some people, however, claim I NEVER breathe.

This could explain why I'm purple so often.

jor Jul 14th, 2003 10:24 AM

The trip there is part of the journey. I brethe on the plane.

ira Jul 14th, 2003 10:27 AM


I find that if I don't breathe for more than a few minutes I get dizzy.

I'm sure I couldn't hold my breath for a transatlantic flight. 8)

ira Jul 14th, 2003 10:27 AM

Sorry, that was supposed to be 8}

jmv Jul 14th, 2003 10:32 AM

I just keep breathing throughout, but my husband says it's when he checks our baggage in for the flight over.

dln Jul 14th, 2003 11:02 AM

I can breathe when I get the airline tickets. I can wing everything on a trip--where to sleep, where to eat, what to do--but I sure as heck can't fly.

bobthenavigator Jul 14th, 2003 11:05 AM

The party starts at the first hotel--up till then it is grin and guts it out. I hate the flight--bad back you know.

grandmere Jul 14th, 2003 11:12 AM

When the plane reaches cruising altitude!

capo Jul 14th, 2003 11:27 AM

Like some others here, when I get on the plane.

Then, when I arrive at my destination, I find myself feeling like the title of Jean-Luc Godard's film about the love between a small-time hood wanted for killing a cop, and an American who sells the International Herald Tribune along the boulevards of Paris.

Degas Jul 14th, 2003 11:31 AM

I do it in stages: a little when I check my bags at the airport, a little more when the plane reaches crusing alitude, and a whole buncht when I get to my room in the hotel and there is plenty of hot water in the shower!

itlyen Jul 14th, 2003 11:59 AM

Apparently most are feeling very stressed when travel begins, if these postings are any indication. I used to think I was a bit nervous as a traveller, but by comparison I now see I was cool as a cucumber. What's going on that all of you are so worried? Anything specific, or just general worry? Serious question.

dln Jul 14th, 2003 12:03 PM

For me, it's the excitement and anticipation. I NEVER worry!!! (hehe)

JackOneill Jul 14th, 2003 12:07 PM

I'm concerned that the plane won't take off, thus causing all my best laid plans to go askew.

That there'll be seriously bad weather during the flight, thus causing me to not enjoy the oh-so-scumptious meal on the plane.

That I'll realize that I forgot to pack my underwear.

fuchchi Jul 14th, 2003 12:14 PM

I usually fly overseas so I can breathe when the plane is running at the point where you can barely feel it moving, sit back, drink my soda and what ever they give us to snack on. Its like 14 hours where you can do nothing, eat food, watch movies and be happy.

itlyen Jul 14th, 2003 12:25 PM

My only "worry" seems to be with airlines and agents - specifically making sure they don't screw up my reservations aftyer I make them. But that's kinda mild as a worry. I suppose the other one is luggage - age old issue - will it get there when I do. Even that works 99.9% of the time, so the worry is small there too. I still love to travel, and flying is as big a treat as ever. I guess I'm simply not worried, and for that I am grateful to me for giving me a break.

elaine Jul 14th, 2003 12:59 PM

I heave my big sigh and smile when I am seated on the plane and we take off.
I take out my silliest magazine, and I am on vacation and going to Europe!!
How lucky I am!

GreenDragon Jul 14th, 2003 01:38 PM

I guess I breathe easier in stages.
1. When I get my plane tickets
2. When we get through security at the airport ok
3. When the plane takes off
4. When the plane lands
5. When I get all my luggage
6. When we are in our hotel room.

Then I can completely relax and enjoy. I enjoy the journey as well as the trip, but there's always that niggle of worry until each of the major items (luggage, not crashing, etc.) gets resolved.

Guest_User Jul 14th, 2003 01:41 PM

When I clear immigration ;;)

Nikki Jul 14th, 2003 01:48 PM

When I see the palm trees (or the sunflowers or the Eiffel Tower or the ocean or the skyline or the mountains) from the plane.

erinb Jul 15th, 2003 01:39 AM

hi all,

I take my first relaxed breath when I pick up my luggage on the other end. I take my fully relaxed first breath when I check into my hotel and the room is okay!

All the rest is gravy!

KathyNZ Jul 15th, 2003 01:53 AM

I can breathe at 5pm on the last day of work before a long awaited for holiday to anywhere. Any part of the holiday is pure joy and all part of the 'great escape'.

starrsville Oct 5th, 2005 12:15 PM

I don't think this is the one you are looking for...

StCirq Oct 5th, 2005 12:35 PM

I don't breathe until the plane lands (bit of a nervous flier). After that, I'm set to go. By the time I'm gazing over the Vézère Valley, though, I'm in a dangerous state of torpor.

suze Oct 5th, 2005 01:15 PM

My trip starts once I get to the departure airport... buying a magazine, having a snack or a cocktail.

Why ignore the thrilling boredom of the flight, landing and arrival, going thru immigration, finding your suitcase actually arrived with you, figuring out transportation to your hotel, finding your room is ready for you???

That said, the first thing I do after check in (even before sitting on the bed and sighing) is run out to the nearest corner store for a bottle of wine. So, for me, that breath is taken with a glass (most likely the one from the bathroom) of wine in my hand!!

suze Oct 5th, 2005 01:16 PM

when oh when will i learn to read dates on the original post. sheez.

Robespierre Oct 5th, 2005 01:25 PM

Nothing wrong with posting to old threads - I do it all the time ;)

Actually, I breathe when I put the car in gear and pull away from the house: the <i>planning</i> is over - the rest is <i>execution</i> (which has a different feel).

Statia Oct 5th, 2005 01:49 PM

I'm in the group of &quot;when I arrive at my hotel/apartment and shut the door.&quot; :) The &quot;trip&quot; is over and I can start enjoying the vacation and then I look forward to every moment of every day thereafter.

Business and shopping only trips are a whole other matter, however. ;) Then I breathe as soon as my last suitcase is wheeled in the door back on the island. Pour me that glass of vino! :D

Wednesday Oct 5th, 2005 01:51 PM

..After I get to the gate to take a flight, boarding pass in hand, ready to go, just waiting to be called to board....

Margie Oct 5th, 2005 01:59 PM

When I get on the plane - to me that is when my vacation starts. And incidentally, the hour before we leave I don't think I breath AT ALL - I hate it. Waiting for the cab, double checking tickets, making sure we have passports, credit card, maps, itineraries etc. That part is the worst.

LindaL Oct 5th, 2005 02:13 PM

Flying from the West coast I don't breathe until I am on my connection to Europe. Then I know I am not getting bumped, missed a connection, etc. and I am on my way!!

kjosker Oct 5th, 2005 02:31 PM

I call it &quot;smelling vacation.&quot; It used to be sometime in the week before leaving, I would be next to useless at work, because I could &quot;smell vacation.&quot; But the older I get, the more in advance I can smell it, and I simply go on autopilot. But in answer to your question, I start to breathe when I leave the house for the airport, locking the door to the house. I feel that's the time no one or nothing can stop me. It's time to go.

LoveItaly Oct 5th, 2005 02:46 PM

When I walk out of and lock my front door with (hopefully) airline tickets, passport, and necessary items like credit cards, cash etc. From that moment on I am in a vacation mood.

FainaAgain Oct 5th, 2005 02:49 PM

I think we have 2 issues here: vacation and breathing.

My vacation starts at 5 pm Friday or any day before vacation when I leave work.

The sigh of relief - when I open the first hotel's door and step inside.

tudorprincess Oct 5th, 2005 03:25 PM

Once I get through customs.

hdm Oct 5th, 2005 03:25 PM

My vacation starts the minute the bags are checked and I'm through security. I love browsing the junk stores and bookstores in the airport. I love the plane ride -- and I never sleep because I seldom get such an extended quiet reading time.

But my very favourit is checking into the hotel, seeing our room and ESPECIALLY checking out the bathroom gifties.

starrsville Oct 5th, 2005 03:32 PM

When I'm in the seat of the plane and it starts to take off.

starrsville Oct 5th, 2005 03:57 PM

The plane...not the seat.

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