The pandemic caused a lot of travel plans to be altered or canceled. But don’t let that stop you from planning ahead! I love to travel. I’ve been avoiding it due to COVID, but I’m still thinking of the future. Here are three things you can do to make your travel goals happen in your life post-pandemic. P.S. This page may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information.
I always like to research a place before I decide to book my ticket. Check the news, use Google, look up ratings on Yelp or Tripadvisor. And try to get advice from locals. They know it best and can also clue you in on hidden gems you may not otherwise find while there. I love Tripadvisor because it works abroad and it works well on a computer or on the app. I’ve booked a number of things – from hotels to outings – with Tripadvisor.
Also research travel advisories and restrictions. You want to feel safe wherever you go and you don’t want to get stuck there. So research the location from top to bottom. While you’re at it, you can also research the best way to pack too! I always like to check the weather ahead of time and then try to pack as little as I can to make the journey easier.
Make a list
I keep a list of all the places I want to go. It’s quite long, but I organize it by location – dividing the list into continents and then into countries, states and cities. You can organize by location or another way that works for you. Keeping a list is a good way to keep track of where you want to go. I like looking at my list when I especially miss travel. It helps me visualize the future and is a good way to organize my thoughts and preferences.
If you can save money while you wait to travel, then save as much as you can! I have traveled both inexpensively and expensively – and I have to say I’m a big fan of cheap travel. However, the more travel funds you have then the more options you’ll have. Setting aside money to allot to your future trips will be another way to make it actually happen.
Set and stick to your travel goals! While there’s always an excuse to get out of something, you don’t want to regret missing out on what could be wonderful memories and adventures.