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One of my favorite things is to travel for pleasure and for business and this past week, I had the opportunity to go to New York to hear Selena Soo and Kimra Luna speak about the impact of publicity. And I was excited to hear Farnoosh Torabi and Kirsten Taggart as being part of the expert panel.

Petra Monaco and Kimra LunaMy travel up wasn’t as easy as I would have liked. My first train was delayed because it got stuck behind a freight train and then we got stuck with the second train because a tree was on the tracks and so we sat and waited for 45 minutes. I was already feeling behind schedule and now I was really behind schedule. But still excited nonetheless to go to New York.

And after getting to the hotel, changing clothes and getting a bit lost in New York City, I have made it to the event in time.

Petra Monaco and Hannah DixonAnd I was thrilled to meet one of the coolest Brit’s that I’ve been online friends for quite some time. I love meeting and connecting with people that I have engaged with online, it’s being able to really put the personality to the real life thing and know they are who they say they are.

And during the event, I was able to ask a question on how to use my story as it’s so massive to me and at times filled with craziness but I walked away knowing I can make an impact.

I would love to say that the return home was as easy going (even with the delays) but far from it. I arrived at Penn Station at 5:45 only to discover that my train and all trains to Charlottesville were canceled. Holy Batman. This was not starting off very pretty at all.

Petra Monaco at Penn StationSleep and food had been minimal due to the crazy schedule I was on during this trip and I didn’t even make time to take a shower. Never again, also in the future, I will check travel arrangements before checking out from the hotel, I could have stayed in bed for a few more hours!

I don’t know if you can tell from the photo but I was already exhausted and not looking forward to spending 24 hours at Penn Station in order to get home. I bought coffee and sat for awhile, talking with family and keeping the world of Facebook updated on travel shenanigans.

But low and behold at around 9:55 I looked at the departure screen and saw a familiar city that was only an hour or so from Charlottesville. Could it be that I could at least get closer to home?

I went to the ticketing agent and voila made the changes to head into Richmond instead and spending the night at Penn Station was avoided. I have to say there were moments where I felt like the mom from Home Alone, trying to get home only to be detoured and maybe even losing my mind.

In the end, I arrived in Richmond and was met by my family. Home Sweet Home

There was definite relief in getting home and a bath to relax me and some of my muscles was a welcoming relief!

I passed out by 9:30 and slept a solid 8-9 hours. And now I am still recovering from the travels a bit, it’s like you have to plan an extra few days to just do nothing! But I couldn’t wait to get this post up!

Did you ever have to face spending the night at an airport or train station? I would love to hear from you!