As you prepare for your
next big adventure, why not make the planning process as fun and relaxing as
possible? If you set your intention on enjoying every ounce of your next
vacation, that should include pre-trip activities, too! Things like researching
beautiful destinations, shopping for new clothes, and taking plenty of time to
pack can be just the ticket for energizing yourself before you take off. Want a
few more ideas?
Here are seven
specific ways to enjoy the trip-planning process, starting right now.
from the Beginning
organized, your mind is free to focus on more enjoyable things. So, from the
moment you decide to take a trip, keep track of the details. Start a fresh
notebook, so your research is contained in one handy place. Write down location
names, hours, phone numbers, and even confirmation numbers as you make
arrangements for flights and tours.
Another helpful way to stay organized is to download a
trip planning app on your phone or computer. Here's a great article that
outlines some of the best ones to try, including TripAdvisor, which is
considered the granddaddy of trip planner apps. Unlike other apps that feature
only major cities, TripAdvisor offers listings of both top attractions and
hidden gems in just about every corner of the globe, along with restaurants,
hotels, and vacation rentals. You can even create customized itineraries. It's
Partners in Your Plans
If you're traveling
with a companion, plan a time (or two) to chat about your ideas and interests. The most memorable trips are those where each member
gets to experience something they love. So, share the
planning duties and allow everyone to feel invested and equally as excited in
the vacation ahead. After you've talked about "big picture" ideas, you could create
a shared Google document and invite everyone traveling with you
to contribute to the document as you plan.
When Researching Your Destination
You may have heard
of "armchair traveling," which is a wonderful way to research
and experience a destination before you visit in real life. Armchair traveling includes
activities such as taking virtual tours of specific locations, reading
travel-themed books, listening to music from the region where you'll be visiting,
and learning the language or lingo from that particular part of the world. These
are not only exciting things to do but also ways to feel more prepared for your
Keep a Travel
There are many benefits to keeping a journal, and starting a travel journal
can be especially rewarding. It's your personal collection of
adventures, stories, memories, and self-discovery. To get the most out of this
type of journal, start taking notes before your trip has even begun. Write down
why you're taking this trip. Include all of the things you wish to see and
accomplish while you're away. This can be anything from a world-famous
restaurant you'd like to try to a secluded waterfall you'd like to discover.
Jot it all down, including why you chose the activities and how you feel about
them at this stage.
you've left home, write as much as you can during your adventure. It's always easier to remember things when they're fresh on your
mind. Entries don't have to be long, either. Let them simply highlight what you
feel is most fun or memorable, giving you something interesting to reflect upon
once you return.
Pinterest for Inspiration
If you're looking
for cute and comfy outfits to wear or want tips for perfect packing, we suggest
heading over to Pinterest. This social platform is a visual
discovery engine for finding all kinds of ideas! Simply enter keywords, such as
"packing tips," in the search bar at the top of the page and start exploring. Once
you see something you like, you can pin it to a virtual bulletin board for safekeeping.
For more suggestions or to find out how to get started, visit the Pinterest Help Center.
Pack Your Bags
As a practical tip, you'll want to start the packing process
days or even weeks ahead of your departure date. This gives you plenty of time
to assess what you have and purchase any additional items you might need. Packing
early also provides emotional benefits. For example, with enough time on your
hands, you can try on your clothes as you pack to ensure
everything feels good (especially your shoes) before you go, and it helps you
imagine the fun experiences you're about to have. Bonus points for putting an
umbrella in your drink as you unzip that suitcase and start to fill it with all
of your favorite travel items.
flying or driving to your destination, traveling usually involves a long day.
You deserve a reward once you arrive at your destination, so send yourself a
treat ahead of time. Arrange for a bottle of your favorite wine or snack to
greet you in your room upon arrival. That way you have something indulgent to
look forward to as you kick up your feet and relax.
can be good for the soul. It shows us new worlds and gives us a valuable
perspective on our own. In fact, so much of who we are is where we have been.
With this in mind, we hope these ideas help you prepare for and experience the
most fulfilling adventure.
If your trip takes
you close to one of our Resort Lifestyle Communities, be sure to call and arrange a personal tour. We'd love to show
you around, treat you to a complimentary meal, and introduce you to our Travel Program, which is perfect for
adventure-seekers like you!