One of my favorite things about traveling happens long before the packing, jet-setting, and world exploration begins. It starts the moment that I get online to begin researching (and daydreaming) about far off exotic places. There is something about researching a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and creating a reality off of the daydream.
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The task bar on my laptop fills with many different travel related windows, including: Trip Advisor, Frommers, trip search engines (such as Hotwire, Kayak, Expedia, and more), Google images, and finally, Microsoft Excel. Yes, I said Microsoft Excel. My key to researching and planning trips is to stay very organized. I give myself an opportunity to compare similar trips and to accurately track expenses, and I do this by using Microsoft Excel for every trip that we go on. (The Finance background always shows through).
The most important thing about this step is that I NEVER tell myself “No,” or “That’s too expensive,” or “I only wish we could go there.” It’s not a matter of ‘wishing,’ it’s a matter of timing. There might be some trips that I save for future ideas because of cost or time constraints, but I just consider it a trip to add to the bucket list. 🙂 Trips are a big commitment; they take a lot of planning and even more saving to go, but we have only one life, and only one chance to explore all that this beautiful world has to offer.
Daydreaming is an important component in finding out where you really want to go and what you really want to do. So, my question to you is, when is the last time you took a moment to daydream? Am I the only one who is constantly caught up in a daydream?