The beginning of the year is an excellent time to plan your vacation out for the next 12 months. Use every bit of vacation time you can get and spend time traveling. Hard work and no play equals, not living.
“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.
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 you want to do during your time at each location along with deadlines just like 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 also 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. Try the TripIt website or app to help you organize your trips.
New. Go somewhere new at least once a year. If you have a decent travel goals list picking a location 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 flights 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 instances, this makes 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 social network 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 by alternating 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 your horizon and benefits you in so many different ways. The memories you create are priceless. So get out there. It’s the perfect time to plan your vacation. Schedule time to explore a 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