Travel Connections


Stepping into the airport headed to a new place, I’m amazed at the things I see and the possible people I could meet. Scanning the crowd, I wait for my boarding call. Each traveler in the boarding area has a story: the person catnapping after multiple hours and flights; the family with two small children sharing a breakfast of yogurt and bananas; the elderly couple, together requiring assistance to their seats. Everyone coming from somewhere . . . and going somewhere else.

Once on the plane, I find my seat amongst the rows of As and Bs and Cs. Someone settles next to me, scrunched into the compact seat just like I am. We share space, handing each other packs of peanuts and complimentary drinks across our laps, helping load and then unload our carry-ons that may have shifted during the flight. In that finite amount of time and space, we have the opportunity to learn about each other’s lives. And if it’s a long flight, we might even become friends.

There is something to this compact traveling thing beyond the annoyances of cramped spaces and uncomfortable travel . . . it’s the opportunity to connect.


Published by Arctic Travelogue

We are Southerns by birth, but spent the last 12 years living and working in Alaska with SEND North. We've now relocated to the Lower 48 to continue our ministry. Join us here as we explore what it means to have an expanded worldview, and find some opportunities to become involved!

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