Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Art of Travel: Part 1 - Thinking About Going Away

Downtown Denver - Clock Tower
You look outside of your window and see the brewing of a hellacious storm. While you aren't against storms, you are tired of them. You don't want to see anymore rain, sleet or snow. Visions of a nice beach start wafting through your mind, or perhaps you envision yourself wandering aimlessly in the South of France, sipping on wine and enjoying the leisurely life of doing - nothing.

It used to happen to me a lot when I worked in the "Corporate" world. I'd find myself daydreaming about an escape and thinking to myself, "Hmmm, where do I just need to go?" I liken this period as the "outline." Just like a lot of artist out there, they will outline or draft what they want to paint, draw, or even write. This is the period of time where there isn't too much invested in it, and it may just turn out to be a passing fancy, and just fizzles out. But for those who are serious about getting away the process may look something like this:

  • Rummaging through old photos and thinking about how much fun you had on your last vacation
  • Scanning through your friends' Facebook pages and looking at their photos to gather some ideas
  • Visiting some online visitor bureaus for some destinations you've been thinking about visiting over the years
  • Pulling out your "bucket" list
  • Spinning the globe and stabbing a finger at an unknown destination (I actually knew someone who did this)
  • Checking your work account to see just how many vacation days you have available
It may start with initial daydreaming, but as you can see, a bit of work starts to take place as you decide if, in fact, you can escape get away on a nice vacation.

The next installment will be on selecting your destination. How do you decide where you want to go?

*Photo provided by That Chick Té

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