Whether it’s the result of record snowstorms, wild temperature swings or a solid case of COVID-19 fatigue, many of us are ready for a change of scenery. Even if it’s too soon for you and your travel companions to travel, putting a plan in place can raise spirits all around.
Here are four ideas to consider:
1. MAKE A PLAN It’s been a while. And uncertainty, paired with topsy turvy work and school schedules, can fray the steadiest of nerves. So picture yourself on a sandy beach, in a cozy mountain cabin, or a vast desert landscape. Ponder future commitments and schedules and consider your options. Browse the websites of your favorite resorts, mountain towns, or desert destinations to review deals, protocols, and possibilities. Discuss the options with your travel companions. Dream a little. Contact a travel professional and craft a plan. Knowing good times are on the horizon will help wash the blues away.
2. #BookItLists (My word for a Bucket List) If it’s too soon for you to board a plane or take that epic road trip, perhaps now is the time to create a thoughtful #BookItList for the long term. Doing so now can make it easier to plan for meaningful future vacations, those that are a deliberate reflection of your updated values, hopes, and dreams. So before you begin listing desired destinations, ask yourself what aspects of the world — geographically, spiritually, and culturally — you want to share with friends and family members. As your ideas take shape, know your list will evolve over the years.
3. CONNECT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS Is it too soon to expand your pod or reconnect with those family members and friends with whom you’ve only visited via video chat? Consider checking in with your crew and craft a plan to celebrate an upcoming birthday, anniversary or to honor a family member’s or friend's special achievement. We’ve missed chances to acknowledge many of the touchstones that are a meaningful part of a family’s legacy. But is it ever too late to celebrate those milestone moments? At the same time, who needs an official event to enjoy the company and support of your loved ones?
4. SEEK THE SUN If you are ready for a long-haul adventure, consider an all-inclusive experience that offers extensive water sports, including water skiing, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, paddle-boating, tennis, yoga, and sailing. Imagine relaxing in a hammock you’ll find tucked within the palm trees. Spend an afternoon at the spa, where open-air massages provide a perfect end to a sports-filled day. Your travel advisor will guide you to one that fits your needs.