Goodbye forever. (This is my final post in the 5 part Travel Buddy from Hell Saga. Start at part one.)
What he did on the last day felt like a smack on the face. We both were on the same flights together to LAX. Somehow, our seats weren’t booked together on . I could have easily fixed this but decided against it. I was dying for some space from him. During our hour and a half layover I guided him through the Fort Lauderdale airport towards our next gate. He was a couple of aisles sitting ahead of me, so he boarded and exited the plane first. I never thought that that would be our ‘good bye’ but it was.
I wasn’t expecting a thank you.
But, I was expecting a goodbye, and a hug. I knew that we were parting ways, and not only that but I had needed to confront him about something.
He was gone like the Flash, I never even saw him in the luggage area, and I looked for him. I never got the closure of saying goodbye, and have never spoken to him since that trip. And I’m okay with that. Goodbye forever Austin.
Austin isn’t a bad person, he just wasn’t meant to do this type of traveling. His personality is better suited for in country traveling or at a resort. While, I enjoy that sort of traveling, I consider that a vacation.
To me, traveling should be a much more authentic experience.
What’s the point of visiting another country if you can’t experience the culture?
This trip was definitely a learning experience for Austin and I. Will he travel again? I hope so.
Will I allow an acquaintance whose never been abroad accompany me on a month and a half long backpacking trip through developing countries? Hell no. Goodbye forever.
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my experience. Let me know what you think about it in the comments.