Over the past four years my family and I have gathered biannually in New York City to watch my youngest brother's dance performances. Jesse (you can read his guest post here) has been pursuing his BFA in Ballet from Marymount Manhattan College, and will be graduating this weekend. While supporting Jesse has been the primary purpose of these trips, they have also served as precious family time. We've all grown older and moved away from home, so finding time for all five (now seven) of us to get together is more difficult. As Jesse's college dance career comes to a close, I have been reflecting on my family's time getting to know a city as regular tourists, which I believe has been a unique opportunity; "next time" was always an option.
In Part 1 of this series I tackled a key question in planning an unforgettable trip: where should you go? I discussed my own thought process in narrowing down a world of unlimited options by considering things like length of travel, weather preferences, and group dynamics. Whether you are actively planning your next adventure, or simply daydreaming about it (like me), the next step in the process is determining your budget. I know, sticking to a budget may make you feel constrained, but I promise it's the key to a guilt free experience.
Who here has drifted off during school or work into that wonderful daydream where you imagine all of the things you would do if you won the lottery? Me. I dream up all sorts of scenarios with personal chefs and extravagant shopping sprees, but when I really think about it, I want an unlimited travel budget and the vacation days to go along with it. The travel bug bit me hard after college and has been flowing through my veins ever since. Over the past few years, I have been privileged to explore some wonderful places (mostly with David), and have learned a few things about planning, budgeting, and prioritizing in order to create unforgettable experiences. Stick with me on this multi-post series and I promise your next trip will be equally as perfect.
I love traveling, especially to big cities. My respect runs deep for those of you who like hiking/camping/backpacking for days, taking in nature's finest, but I am not you. For me, the best kind of trip includes busy sidewalks, noisy traffic, and attempting to live like a local in an unknown city with millions of strangers. Let me be clear, trips/travel and vacations share many similarities, but are not the same. In fact, my husband and I had this exact conversation during our recent week in Chile; vacations aim to bring complete relaxation back into you life, while trips aim to bring a little adventure and a lot of exploration. I prefer trips, David would like us to take more vacations. Regardless of our views, we loved our week in Chile; amazing sites, delicious food, interesting history, and friendly people. This post covers two areas: 1) a brief overview of our trip, in hopes of convincing you to consider Chile for yourself, and 2) lessons learned about stress and anxiety while traveling.
Walking enthusiast, kitchen experimenter, sports lover (watching, not playing), and future world traveler.
Get my open diary posts delivered straight to your inbox.