Preparation for Travel
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Traveling can be the most exciting, the most exhilarating and possibly the most hectic and filled with hassle verb anyone has come up with. Some people think of the romantic evening they had while others think of the pain going through airports, reservations and lines. I have found that many people like to travel in different ways, some people like the thrill of going to a country and just exploring the hidden mysteries tourists almost never see, while others like to feel safe and plan every step of their journey 12 months before they even go. Depending on your style I hope this may be helpful to the traveler in all of us.
The First Step
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Where to go?
For the planner of 12 months
Let’s pretend you are sitting at your desk wondering where you want to go. You have absolutely no clue as to where to start. You’re tired of other people bragging about their vacation in Fiji or Rome, and you pray that you your vacation doesn’t end up like the one your cousin took last year, which was a disaster. What should you do? You want to see the world, but one little bit at a time to fully absorb the experiences that will last with you for a lifetime. You must start by asking where you want to go and will the budget you have will give you a good enough experience. Budget does matter, if you want to go to Rome and have a low budget, you may not have a very nice hotel room but at least you got there. If you have that same budget and want to go to Napa Valley, California you may get a very nice experience. This doesn’t mean you will have a horrible time in Rome or an absolutely wonderful time in Napa. It just means that in Rome you may not see all the tourist spots. But like I said there are a few people that like to go-out-on-a-limb as they say. This makes the trip very exciting but can be dangerous if you don’t know the way. In Napa you may also have a very bad time depending on the service and the people there, nothing is really set by budget, and it really depends on how you enjoy the experience. Ask yourself why you want to go to where it is you want to go, this may help in deciding what is important in