Everybody loves to travel, right? But sometimes it just isn’t worth the hassle. You need to plan the time away with everyone involved – employers, babysitters, house cleaners, or whomever might need to know – and you need to do the travel planning, book the hotels, get airline tickets or buy the snacks and pack the car, get there and hope you make it back home with the same number of people that you left with. Just the thought of it is kind of daunting, no?
Well, fret not. Travel is so good for you – for your soul – because it helps you not only broaden your horizons but also to appreciate what you’ve got in your own back yard. So with that, here are five ways that you can travel more (not just more often, but better) this summer:
Don’t Go Anywhere: This isn’t a new concept; the idea of a staycation made its debut in 2009. It’s a terrible word but the idea is solid: appreciate the destination you are in. Is there a local museum that has rave reviews yet you’ve never been? New park opened but not even stepped foot in there yet? Time to do some homework. Just don’t sit around on your couch for a week, or you’ll definitely have something that sounds more like an awful staycation.
Think Out of the Box: What is the biggest hassle for you when travelling? Is it the flights? Then drive. Car not in good shape? Then take a bus. You might roll your eyes at the idea, but think about it: a lot of methods of travel seem old-fashioned, but the can still be fun and relatively stress free.
Delegate: is there a family member who would actually enjoy the process of looking up ideas, fares, rates and dates? Planning ahead can always save you money, so the research phase is important if you’re on a really tight budget. Maybe it’s an aunt or a sister or even one of the older children who will find reward with the challenge.
Leave the “Must See” List Behind: A lot of the times the stress in travel comes from having to see everything-possible-in-twenty-four-hours. Why not relax and enjoy an hour in a cafe, chatting and having some family time? Or skip that last art exhibit and just go splash around at the hotel pool? Life’s too short to obsess about working your way down a must see to do list.
Pay a Professional: It’s a common myth that travel agents are expensive and no value for money. I might be biased (my magazine has a travel concierge), but the fact is that they’re the travel professional and they’ve seen it all, so why not spare the few extra dollars and cents to give that risk and hassle to somebody else? It will usually less cost than you think.