The beginning of the year is an excellent time to plan your travels out for the next 12 months. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” -Samuel Jackson. Use every bit of vacation time you can get and spend time traveling. Hard work and no play equals, not living. The top of a calendar year is the perfect time to schedule your trips. Here are my tips on how to plan and go on the vacation destinations you’d like to this year.
Goals. Like having goals for life you should make a travel goals list. Not a bucket list. A travel goals list will include your over all objective for travel for the rest of your life. If you’d like to visit all 50 states you would then create goals to help you achieve that. You might have a bigger goal of going to 25 countries in your lifetime. You will need to be specific and come up with things want to do during your time at each location along with deadlines just let any goal.
Plan. You have 365 days, most people have a minimum of two to four weeks of vacation time. That doesn’t not include holiday or sick leave as known as extra vacation days. Tally up the days and determine what you’d like to do with them. It’s best to take a look at your goals for the year and match up your travel goals list with the time you can request and eventually get off. Turn in your request early, the early bird gets the worm. That way you can plan your trips accordingly.
New. Go somewhere new at least once a year. If you have a decent travel goals list picking a local should be fairly easy. It’s exciting to discover a different destination each year. It really gives you something to look forward to.
Save. The biggest purchase for a trip especially a big trip is airfare. It’s best to have that money set aside early so that you can purchase a flight when they go on sale. Look into airline travel mileage programs, you can rack up and use points to take care of a flight for a big trip. Having a separate travel account especially if you are a frequent traveler is always a good idea. Deposit funds every two weeks if you can, it will relieve your pockets when you have to make a large purchase.
Smaller trips. These trips are quick getaways, weekend or day trips. They require a bit of planning too. You don’t have to request time off in most incidences making a way for an easy escape. You’d be surprised what you can do near your own city or town. Do some research and explore. There could be a nice bed and breakfast in the mountains close to you, you’ll never know unless you inquire and go.
Divide and conquer. Rotate trips each year. Family trips, girlfriend trips, club and society trips should be rotated. If you travel a lot you can handle all of them each year. For those who can’t take the pressure of trying to go on every trip alternate years for at least two of the groups. That way you can fully enjoy the trips and not have to pinch pennies or stress about getting the time off.
Traveling is truly the spice of life. It broadens you’re horizon and benefits you in so many different ways. The memories you create are priceless. So get out there. Plan to explore some place you have never been before. Whether you stay close to home or visit abroad, just go. “Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” -Lawrence Durrell