Doing the last-minute, travel-change shuffle - Curt Yeomans

So it turns out, I am going to be flying back from my upcoming trip to New England after all.

I just won't be flying back from the same city I fly into.

I am flying up to New York for my family reunion. That much has stayed the same. But, instead of driving all the way back to Georgia with family, I am driving back to Philadelphia, and catching a flight back to Atlanta.

At least I think I'm flying back from Philadelphia. This time, someone else is making my travel plans for me, so I'm not exactly sure what all is going on.

All I know is I am flying back on Air Tran. It is not exactly my first choice, considering I am trying to build up my Delta Skymiles, but whatever.

There's always a danger in letting someone else do all of the travel planning for you. It means you're surrendering all control of what you're going to be doing on your trip.

This is why I don't hire travel agents to make my plans for me. I'm a travel-planning control freak.

I also hate it when my travel plans are in flux. On trips I have taken lately, I have known when I was going somewhere, where I was staying, and what I will be doing, well in advance.

On this trip, all I know is I am flying up after work on June 23, for the family reunion, and that, at some point during the ensuing week, there will be a side trip to Montreal. There will also be a side trip to Quebec City, or is it Ottawa?

Heck, I might as well drop into New Brunswick and declare that I have now been to three of Canada's 13 provinces.

See what I mean. I don't know what I'm doing, and when I'm doing it, on this trip. I'm just sort of going to be there, and let everyone else just sort of point in which direction they want me to go.

If I have any hair left afterwards, it will be the miracle to end all miracles.

I guess one silver lining is that I'll be in the Montreal area at the same time that Prince William and his new wife will be there.

I've never seen royalty in person, so if I do get a chance to see them in person, even from a distance, that will be a new experience for me to boast about.

I guess this change in travel plans begs one question, though: Am I now a liar to all of my Facebook friends, whom I told I was only flying one way?

I guess, technically speaking, I was honest because it is a one-way trip to New York.

Even though I am flying back, I will not be doing so out of the same city that I flew into.

I dunno. Don't ask me. I am just going a long for the ride, at this point.

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.