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New Year 2019 – Making Travel Dreams Come True

Posted: January 25th, 2019 by

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The start of a New Year is traditionally a time for setting goals, making resolutions or even starting afresh. Maybe travel has been on your mind lately, with dreams of visiting new places. Although January is almost over, it does not mean that you have missed your opportunity to think about what you will do with 2019! Today is always the best day to make a decision or change!

Big changes are rarely easy, so start with some small changes first.  Your life or situation will begin to change almost without you realizing. You can track changes with a diary or blog to evaluate your progress. Set SMART Goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely – to help you make your travel dreams come true.


Specific

Decide what you want to do and be Specific: don’t say I want to travel, rather say: I want to visit/see the Redwoods in California or the White House or maybe even Disneyland or wherever you have always wanted to go.

Measurable

Traveling always involves money and time, so research your costs, decide on your budget and when you want to go. It could be that you want to spent no more than $xxx on flights or gas, $xxx on hotels and you want to go in the summer or the fall. Then you need a plan for saving the money and a way to track that you are on target!

Achievable

When you have done your research on costs and have a plan for saving money, then you need to decide if you can do it. There is no point in setting yourself up for failure. If you realize that saving $xx every month is not going to work, then you need to rethink your goal. Very few goals are set in stone and they can be revised if appropriate. Life has a habit of changing and often in unexpected ways. Revising a goal does not denote failure, rather it shows a determination to succeed.

Realistic

This is where setting specific and achievable goals come together. It would be lovely to travel first class and stay in the very best hotels. But if that will use up most of your hard earned savings, then your plans are not very realistic. You may not be able to do much else at your chosen destination! But if travelling first class and staying in the best hotels is what you really want to do, then perhaps your savings will need to increase or you might need to move your trip time to later than you originally planned.

Timely

Goals without deadlines, set dates or plans are just Dreams. Make your dreams a reality by setting a date and setting small time targets along the way. For example if you need a passport, then set an application date that will ensure you have it in time for your trip. Check each month that you are on target for your savings by knowing how much you need to save each month.


So what are your New Year plans for 2019? Where do you want to visit? Who do you want to travel with? How will you get there? What do you need to take? So many questions……

Here on the Get Packin’ Blog we plan to visit one state a month, finding places for good food and activities. Will it be Florida or Georgia or maybe Oregon or Texas? All will be revealed next month…

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Safe Travels!

November – The Thankful Month

Posted: November 25th, 2015 by

Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Birthdays, these are all days that are familiar November opportunities for Americans to be Thankful. But November is a special month in many other countries too.

Diwali – India’s Festival of Lights that symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, took place in November this year.

Accross the pond, in the UK, November 5th is always a huge celebration with bonfires and fireworks to remember the failure of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill the King of England back in 1605.

Veterans Day,celebrated in many countries and originally designated to remember the end of the First World War, now honors all those who have sacrificed and fought for the freedom we enjoy today.

 

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And of course, Thanksgiving with it’s pilgrim origins, is traditionally a time for families to get together and create wonderful memories.

 

 

 

 

 

With families now scattered far and wide, travel is inevitable at this time of the year. So here’s 5 Tips that may help to make your journey back home a bit less stressful.

1)Remember to pack ‘patience’ It is estimated that 46.3 million Americans will be travelling 50 miles or more this holiday and they all want to get there quickly. So treat everyone the way you would like to be treated and remember to smile – it’s holiday time!

2) Don’t be a Gas Guzzler – love this hack from Michael Whelchel: Use cruise control when possible to minimize fuel usage. More importantly, find a large vehicle that’s driving the same speed as you and follow at a safe but close distance. The vehicle in front will block the wind and allow you to draft down the highway in fuel-efficient bliss.

 

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3) Pack a snack – Water, fuit, veggies, protein bars, etc. Stock up from the supermarket with your favorite things or maybe make some yourself. Try these 15 HomemadeTravel Snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated

4) Don’t forget your chargers for your devices. Investing in a portable battery may save a lot of potential frustration.

 

 

 

 

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5) Staying with family after a long trip may not be such a good idea after all. A nearby hotel that provides a Good Night’s Sleep for less might make all the difference to your visit.

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving wherever you may be and may you always have plenty to be thankful for.