If you have not yet start planning for your 2021 and 2022 trips, chances are you have been thinking about it. As travel restrictions begins to slowly ease off more and more people are planning to go on longer trips in far far away destinations.
People have always planned big trips months or even a year ahead of time, but now many are extending that timeline even further. In the travel stasis induced by the pandemic, future travelers have taken to tackling their bucket lists with big trips that are more distant and longer than usual — and planned further in advance, argued Elaine Glusac in a New York Times article; Longer, Slower, Farther: Savoring the Prospects of Future Travels. Optimists are targeting 2021. For most people, covid-19 has provided a little more perspective on how much we have taken travel for granted. Anything short and normally easy to plan might bring disappointment as the pandemic continues, reasoned, Rayme Gorniak of Chicago, who is currently laid off from his work managing fitness studio franchises. Gorniak is planning a far-horizon destination — specifically Jordan for June 2021 — a trip that would represent a personal conquest. Another traveler Lori Goldenthal of Wellesley, Mass., argued that changing plans meant changing the destination. She had originally planned a trip in and around Vietnam for her husband’s upcoming 60th birthday. But after the pandemic hit, she is embarking on a two-week trip to Namibia for 2021. “Namibia was on my bucket list and it seemed like a better idea than going to all these big cities in Asia,” she argued.
The pandemic, have shown travelers that what we thought we could always do — namely, see the world — isn’t such a certainty anymore. This amazing activity call travel which was a privilege back when traveling by land and sea was the only means to visit and explore other parts of the world and in sating our curiosities about what life is like in places different from ours is regaining momentum back again - only this time around allowing us to really see it as a privilege activity it has always been. As travel becomes common place and airlines become more and more affordable, we took this beautiful and soul soothing activity for granted — for far too long. However, with the wake of covid-19 we have begun to appreciate and understand the profoundly meaningful impact of travel to our wellbeing, but even more so raising our awareness on the impact we make on local economies and communities and becoming more conscious of the meaningful activities we will choose to engage in.
Jeremy Bassetti, a professor of humanities at Valencia College in Orlando, Fla., has a sabbatical coming up in fall 2021 and plans to use miles to get to China and then travel overland to Tibet, Nepal and India for several months. While big trips often accompany sabbaticals, Mr. Bassetti has rethought his to “travel longer, farther and more slowly in 2021,” he argued. “Why wouldn’t we want to travel more to connect more when our assumptions about being free to travel wherever we want is disappearing before our eyes?” he added. “If you want to experience new cultures, you can’t do it very quickly.” As we seek to become more conscious travelers — aware that we were on a search for places that could deliver psychological virtues such as “calm” or “perspective” we will begin to appreciate travel again. All of us have equivalents argued Alan de Botton — things we care about that aren’t mentioned anywhere. Part of growing up, and learning to travel well, means daring to take our own interests a bit more seriously rather than following guidebooks and traveling to places just because everyone else on social media is doing it. Rather, embark on journeys that would allow us to attune to the needs of our inner self, and traveling to places that would fundamentally reorient our personality. In other words, plan journeys that could assist you with your inner journeys.
Nevertheless, there are still safety precautions and standards we all need to practice as social distancing rules are still in full effect. And with sustainability in mind, we as a company are working to implement safety measures, precautions and standards to ensure the smooth running of our coming trips but more importantly the safety of all our customers. We would also, appreciate the contribution of our customers in ensuring all basis are covered. So do feel free to share any ideas and suggestions you may have or would like to see in place. In fact on our next week’s newsletter we will outline what safety standards and precautions we will be implementing for the safety of all our future trips moving forward. Keep it on a look out.
If you haven’t already started planning, it’s right about time you get started. Half the fun of traveling is planning and getting excited - which alone is great for our mental health and wellbeing. Having something to look forward to be fantastic and it puts you in a good mood. And the great Winston Churchill has argued that it is mood that determines the fortunes of people rather than the fortune determine the mood. Besides, there are psychological benefits to planning activities in the future, especially travel, according to Shevaun Neupert, a professor of psychology at North Carolina State University. Future-oriented thinking is equated with proactive coping, a means of reducing stress through detailed planning, such as learning which flights to book to avoid layovers, and gathering the resources — including time and money — to make it happen. “Being able to think about and imagine something positive in the future has benefits in the present,” she argued. Advance planning is also a practical way to turn vague desires into concrete plans. Jim Bendt, the managing director of Virtuoso Wanderlust, equates travel planning with financial planning in the sense that both seek to maximize precious resources. In the case of travel, the currency is time. “Having a plan takes it from dreaming and conjecturing to actually having things committed on paper, always with adjustments,” she said. “We’ve moved the chess pieces around.”
We must pay keen attention to appreciating what we have. Perhaps in the past we have thought that travel would always be available, which was previously true. However, now that we have all experienced shutdowns and restrictions globally all at once we will begin to realize what a huge privilege travel really is. Therefore we ought to take bigger and bolder bets on ourselves and the decisions we make today to influence a better more fulfilling life. We have this one life, let’s seize it. So begin today - don’t wait. Let’s start planning!