Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time – Lyndon B. Johnson
January is a month of resolutions, new hopes and new beginnings. And something tells me that life cannot be full without a vacation taken once in a while. Our childhood memories of being outdoors out there on the beach playing and catching the waves, swimming and laughing, building beautiful castles and feeling the sand beneath your broad feet. Feeling the wind and a gentle sunshine kiss on your chick bones. Nice, happy and relaxed. We are going out there, exploring, meeting new people and challenges… If life is my canvas – the journey is a paint and a brush – as I travel it alters my reality changing me completely, bringing the new experience, adding new colours of positive emotions and new energies to go farther and discover even more. I love travelling. This is what I love to do the most. It enriches life giving it new good times to remember… So what it takes to make a dream vacation? Let’s find out together.
How to Take your Dream Vacation THIS year?
1. Visualize Your Dream Vacation
First things first. Close your eyes and ask yourself: what do you want to do the most on your vacation? Millions of images will start popping out in your mind’s eyes. Take some time to consider those suggestions. Than sit and decide. What is the goal of your vacation? What do you want to do? Is that’s going to be a lazy vacation, or are you going after a new experience like scuba diving, bungee jumping, rafting, canoeing, trekking etc. Make a list of those desired activities. Then take a moment and prioritise them on a scale from 1 to 10. If you’re planning on going with your partner or friends, ask them the same question and take in consideration what they have to say.
Now that you know what you really want to do, you can start looking for destinations. I can guarantee that any activity can be done on any budget that you are able to save. I like to research 10 best destinations for everything I want to experience and then chose the one I like the most taking into account my budget.
Not so long ago I had a heated discussion with my friend. He was absolutely against any travelling whatsoever. First, I was convinced he was joking, but after listening even further I’ve discovered the root of that idiotic motivation! “Pfff” – he said. “Why bother going anywhere spending so much money on those stupid trips when you can see any place you might be into just within few clicks all thanks to Google Earth. All from the comfort of your apartment”!!! I couldn’t believe my ears, but apparently there are people out there who truly believe that Google Earth is this almighty that can create all of those great memories and experiences just for you. So what will you remember from that experience? Exactly your couch, four walls and a screen in front of you. To truly experience something, you have to be there, you have to breathe the air around you, see things as they are and feel the place where you are. Be determined to go there – to your perfect vacation – and experience everything around you first hand.
Mark it in your calendar. Somehow, when you put something in your calendar and you see this visual reminder, the whole thing becomes “real” and it becomes more difficult to come up with new excuses not to pursue your dream vacation…
4. Save and Check
What is the most comfortable sum that you can spend on this vacation? It is important for you to decide just how much you are willing to spend and what you can afford. Set up a separate account for your dream vacation and make a habit to save some money monthly for that purpose. If you really want to increase that fund, you can start thinking more critically about your purchases during the week. Skip that extra bar of candy and set aside that money immediately into the vacation account. See how much extra you can save this way! Check it occasionally to determine how much is already there and how little more you need to wait to collect the whole amount for your vacation. Use price comparison sites to monitor tickets and hotels. For air travel I really recommend SkyScanner and Kayak.
5. Reviews Alert
When you know exactly where you are going, make a habit to learn about the place from real people, not the tour operators. Read more review on outs and abouts, places of interest, restaurants and places to stay like: hotels, hostels, apartments etc. Personally I use TripAdvisor, SecretEscapes, Airbnb, Booking.com.
By Lesya Li