So, you’re ready to take a trip? Or maybe you’re not. Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a while, but don’t know where to begin. Or maybe you’ve done a lot of research, but can’t seem to make any decisions. Regardless of your situation, I want to share this advice:
Plan a fake trip. I do this all of the time! It helps me hone my planning process and offers an opportunity to learn more about myself. For example, I know that I’m a sucker for cozy coffee shops, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, quirky hostels, contemporary art museums and central markets. So, after I’ve hammered out dates, location and transportation, all I need to do is casually outline my ideal day and fill in the blanks with my researched destination-specific preferences.
This may require a bit of self-reflection. What is it that you enjoy doing? How would you spend a responsibility-free day? Now, imagine how you’d like to spend a few days without responsibility. I don’t know about you, but I’d likely do the same things I would do at home as I’d do in a foreign city. At first glance, this may make me sound boring, but in reality, it simply means that I know what I like and I’m more likely to do more of it all over the world.
Treat your trip planning process with utmost respect. Treat it like it’s your baby, your side hustle or an important project assigned by your boss. Take ownership over this process because it offers you an opportunity to dive deep, be vulnerable with yourself and contemplate how you might add a bit more travel-inspired freedom into your day-to-day.
You are a skilled artist and your trip is a blank canvas. How will you bring your art to life?
Written By: Jordan L Bryant
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