No one can deny that we all have endured a rough several months. I am sure that many of us miss the relaxation that travel offers; how can we transition that energy into planning for the future? Traveling right now may not be the best decision for you based on your comfort levels, but there are steps that we can take to prepare for a fruitful travel future.
Start a Travel Fund. This is a great time to save money and set goals for the experiences that you want to have in the future. Given the limited activities available to us due to the pandemic, think about how much money you can save weekly, biweekly, or even monthly toward travel. Make a plan and execute it. You will be surprised at what you can accomplish by making a plan, and consistently and incrementally taking steps to execute your plan.
Think about the experiences that you would like to have and share with your loved ones. In my opinion, traveling to different destinations around the world is an experience more valuable than tangible items. Ultimately, the people that we are and eventually become are a culmination of our life experiences. Traveling expands our perspective; it educates us; it helps us to be more grateful; it challenges us; it gives us pause and allows us to reflect; it allows us to have experiences that we would not have at home. Take this time to think about the experiences that you want to have that will contribute to who you want to become. Do some research and create your bucket list for this decade. This decade started out rocky and we are down but we are certainly not out.
Here are a few links to some virtual travel experiences that can help you to kick start your bucket list.
Yosemite National Park is located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is one of the most popular national parks in the United States. Yosemite is home to Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America and the 5th highest in the world. Yosemite offers exquisite views, some of the best hiking trails, and great family vacation opportunities. Now is as good a time as ever to add it to your bucket list, especially if you would like to stick to domestic travel in the near future.
The Aloha State is a US destination that offers all of the excitement of an exotic foreign escape. There are 8 main islands that comprise the Hawaiian islands. Although Hawaii is the largest of all of the islands, Oahu and Maui are the most popular island destinations. The Hawaiian islands offer adventure, beauty, and culture, that is unlike any other destination in the United States. Hawaii is definitely on my bucket list.
Tulum is located on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. It is known for its white sand beaches and turquoise seas, and its well-preserved ruins of the ancient Mayan city. If you are seeking pristine beaches, great food, and a chance to experience ancient Mayan history, add Tulum to your bucket list.