Five Things You Should Make Your Travel Resolutions For 2019
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller
I had given thought to what I wanted to accomplish this travel year and I decided on a list that never grows old and remains just as relevant today as it did when I fell in love with travel. It’s advice that I practice in my personal travels so it’s been tested.
1 - Travel More Americans leave about 659 million paid vacation days on the table with their employers. Every. Single. Year. Stop waiting to live your best life and just live your best life. Go to all those places that you have been putting off. Go to that quaint seaside village or hike that trail NOW. What are you waiting for? Hop on a flight for Paris this spring soak in the delectable delights and feed your soul. Travel not only makes you smarter and more creative, it also contributes to better health, decreased stress levels and happiness. I don’t know about you but all of those are valid reasons in my opinion to travel more. Oh, and did I mention, you’re more productive after taking time out for you? I bet your employers will see the benefit in that.
2 - Stay Longer This is especially true if you are traveling abroad for a cruise or an escorted experience. Stay longer and enjoy the city that you are arriving and or departing from. There are a few benefits of this choice. First, you give yourself time to relax before meeting your group or boarding your cruise. Arriving even just one day early can reduce the stress of unplanned delays. You also get an opportunity to get acclimated to your new time zone. If your departure and arrival are not the same point, arriving a few days early and departing a few days later gives you the opportunity to sample the cities offerings. Also you’re not rushed at the end of your journey trying to hustle back to the airport for the flight home. You get to savor your time saying your goodbyes to new found friends.
3 - Use A Travel Professional Travel professionals save you time and money. I can not reiterate this point enough. DIYing your travel is great if you like playing roulette or guess-what-might-happen with your valuable travel dollars and travel hours. Trust me, I believe in living on the edge and am a big fan of winging it, however not at the prospect that I could really screw up and waste money. For example, one thing I won’t do to save a buck is my own remodel of my home. No ma’am, I’m calling in a PROFESSIONAL so if something does go wrong, I have someone to blame AND I have someone who is going to fix their mistake. On their dime. Did you know it’s often more expensive to correct a mistake than to have paid a professional who does you-fill-in-the-blank for a living to do it correctly the first time?
4 - Pack Less Leave all of those extra clothes that you “might need” at home. You don’t need eight pair of shoes; trust me on this. You don’t need a hair dryer, they are everywhere. You don’t really need to bring along your curling iron or flat iron, especially if you are on a cruise or at an all inclusive. There will be a beauty salon and a spa. Trust me, you can get away with not being picture perfect for a few days. Those people won’t remember you anyway and chances are you’ll never see them again, unless you happen to end up in the same destination doing the same thing on a future trip. But really, how likely is that? Otherwise, leave space in your luggage to bring back treasures from the places you have visited. Leave room for authentic creations to come home with you to later take you back in your memories to those wonderful adventures and to remind you what awaits you on your next journey.
5 - Be In The Moment Resolve to put your cell phones down and enjoy living and being in that moment. You don’t have to record every single moment of your travels. Leave some mystique so others will want to explore the lands you have already visited. If you must photo and video, use an app like Later or Hootsuite to schedule the posts for a later date after you return home. If you are posting to FaceBook, change the privacy to only you can see and change it back to public once you return home. Everyone and their mama doesn’t need to know you’re out of town and your home and all your earthly possessions are left unguarded. I challenge all of you to leave your cell phones in a safe space and use a digital camera for photos and see how radically that changes your travel experiences.
This wraps up my list of what I do to make my travels memorable and less stressful. Is there a resolution that should be on the list? Drop it in the comments below and maybe we can get enough tips for part two.
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