People the world over are gearing up for their summer travel campaigns, from beach getaways to breakneck one country a day European tours. To get into travel shape I am presenting a series in May expanding on my International Bootcamp presentation at Frequent Traveler University.
First, though, I have a question. Have you ever arrived home rested and relaxed?
Modern travel is more convenient than anytime in history, yet maddeningly tiring and stressful. I hear so many people determined to make their travels an effort to return afterward refreshed so they can leap back into daily life. This produces the lay on the beach vacation. No matter how much I relax during a trip, I find it is all washed away by the time I set foot back home, thanks to time zones, airport security, flights, traffic and on and on.
I made a decision years ago that I would forgot about how exhausted I will come back from a trip. Instead I focus on having the experience during the trip that I want, be it laying on a beach or road-tripping around Eastern Europe. I found this quite liberating. I stopped thinking about the return and enjoyed the moment.
My personal travel style is to pack 48 hours into 24. I recently spent a day in Cyprus flying in from Istanbul, renting a car in the north, picking up another car in the south, visiting all the island’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, enjoying the presidential election festivities at night, driving back through the north and flying back to Istanbul. To most of you that is crazy. I had a blast. And the next day I drove around Kosovo in the morning and Macedonia in the the afternoon. I had not even planned to visit Kosovo but when I saw it was oh-so-close to Skopje, I turned the car north. I lived in the moment in a way I cannot in daily life.
My challenge to you this summer is to take a trip that you really want. Throw your cares to the wind. Try something you love, try something new, try something that makes others roll their eyes. Hit the pause button on daily life and savor the moment.