YOU WILL PLAN WELL
Even if you are a “moment” person, it wouldn't hurt a little, if you give some time to research about the place you intend to visit. From flight tickets, to hotel bookings, to activities, there is so much you could plan and save yourself from unnecessary wear and tear. Planning ensures that you don’t have any loose ends and it invariably ends up saving your hard earned money. Oh, BTW, did I mention, science says planning an event of your life releases 'Serotonin' (Happy hormones)! One more reason to plan well!
YOU WILL NOT EAT BURGERS IN ITALY
Hey, I do not have anything against the humble snack, I do sneak in a couple, I confess, when no one is looking: all I’m asking you to do is: eat like a local. Trying a new cuisine would not only tantalise your taste buds but is also usually a safe bet and is economic, too.
YOU WILL TRAVEL LIGHT
Designer clothes, fancy shoes, and a truck load of other things that we think we “might” need, makes your travel suitcase weep! Why can’t we keep all of those stuff (Gucci jeans, Prada pumps etc.) for the social dos and travel with something that can be accommodated in a simple handbag? A good amount of money will be saved (Luggage fees at Airports) and your ‘spinal cord’ that will thank you; perks are many! Want to learn how to pack your bag like a pro…check here
YOU WILL NOT ENSLAVE TO THE TECHNOLOGY
Vacation is all about re-discovering yourself. You take time out to travel from your usual busy life: full of deadlines, and various social media platforms and yet, when you venture out you go back to being the slave of the very evils you were running from. I can totally understand that the food has to be ‘Instagramed’ and you totally have to ‘check-in’ at the fabulous place you have just entered. But can’t it wait? The food would go cold and so will be the conversations. Clicking a picture or two is you must. But, seriously do not overdo technology and learn to enjoy the moment.
YOU WILL FIND TIME TO INTERACT WITH THE LOCALS
Best places to eat, best way to commute, best places to see: we would rather rely on ‘Google’ than ask a local, right? But, lemme break it to you…this is not necessarily a good approach. A smart traveller like you should not hesitate to reach out to locals and discover the world that is beyond apps and internet. If nothing else, you will end up picking up a language, learn about a culture/tradition different from yours or even better make a friend in faraway land. Won’t it be beautiful?!
YOU WILL NOT CRAMP UP YOUR ITINERARY
Not taking vacations at all or taking one and visiting too many places, both of them, would mean a messed up holiday and an over-drained you! It is very tempting to hop onto two, three stops because you know you don’t go on vacation often…But then, you end up enjoying nothing or worse; spend a huge amount of time on roads, commuting from one place to another. So, make sure you visit a destination, two max and cherish your time there.
YOU WILL OVERCOME A FEAR
Fear of heights? Fear of travelling solo? Fear of running out of money? Frankly, we have all of those fears at one point of time and they stop us from taking that dream trip, isn’t it?Find time to dig into your greatest fear and a way overcome it. Consult a shrink, read up a self-help book, and seek encouragement from your near ones: do whatever it takes: but do not let them keep you from traveling!
YOU WILL NOT SHY FROM TRYING SOMETHING NEW
Sky diving, micro-lighting, wine-tasting, baking, kayaking, perfume-making there is so much to do on a trip. Pick up a new activity: something that you haven’t done before, something that excites you, that challenges you or scares you and plan your trip around it. Not only will it motivate you to take that trip, but will also make major alterations in your personality. Totally worth it, right?
YOU WILL HAVE A SEPARATE TRAVEL FUND
Time and money are the two major constraints that contribute in that ‘trip not taken’. Why not have a separate travel fund where you put away some part of your earnings, to take that coveted trip? The amount doesn’t have to be huge but consistent. You could also take help of some financial advisor and put the fund where you could earn a little more than savings account (like: short-time recurring deposits or mutual fund investment). Time to recall the old proverb: ‘Many drops make an ocean’.
YOU WILL 'ACTUALLY' TRAVEL
Those quaint villages, that exhilarating ride, that riverside camp, the snow clad mountains, those deep valleys are beckoning you; don’t hold yourself back. Remember, you can always make more money, but you can’t always make memories! So, throw caution to air and actually travel...if you are looking for an appropriate time it is NOW!! Its 2015 fella! If not now? When?!