Travel Advice - Being in the right
frame of mind will help you enjoy your vacation
Approaching travel with the right attitude is a must. Sure, there are a
lot of things to arrange before you go. Yes, managing all the travel
tasks and meeting your obligations at work do vie for attention before
If you are not looking forward to your next vacation because your last
vacation was a drag, make sure to plan your next trip appropriately (See
our other articles on travel planning).
- A trip during which the only "events" that happen are good ones is
usually the result of modest travel planning and is not very hard
Having a good time during your vacation depends on you being in the
right frame of mind when you set out.
- Remember that vacations are your time to enjoy yourself and your
- You will be in a new setting of your choice, doing the things that
you want to do, seeing things that you do not see everyday.
- What could be better and who wouldn’t want to be having that kind of
- Once you are out the door, you need to be sure to put yourself in
the frame a mind to have a great time.
- After all, going on vacation is an elective; you do not have to do
During your travels, if one of your vacation activities was not what
you expected, consider it a lesson to be learned and make the best of
- The examples of “gotchas” are endless and since you cannot control
them, learn from them, so that they do not influence you more than once.
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to avoid many of these surprises.
Everything that happens to you on a vacation is an experience that you
should embrace and enjoy for all that it is worth. Even when an event
isn’t what you hoped for, it is likely that it will sound like an epic
adventure when you are relaying it to your friends.
There will be times when something does not go right that is completely
out of your control (flight delay/cancellation, traffic jam, rain/snow,
- When something goes wrong, you need to accept that this is part of
life and don’t let it ruin your vacation.
- After all, your irritation with these situations will only make you
crankier but not change the facts.
- In other words, "Get over it".
For example, during a road trip through the Western US, we stopped at
the Grand Canyon. It was late in the season (early October) but we were
hoping to see a panorama of distant vistas bathed in the brilliant
sunlight common to the Southwest. Sounds great, doesn't it?
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- When we arrived, it was snowing and massive banks of clouds were
blowing around the rim, obscuring the views of the Canyon’s impressive
- It was cold, wet, and not the kind of weather we desired.
- Conversely, we had never seen the Canyon in snow and many of the
pictures that we took were stunning, showing a delightful contrast
between the snow and the reddish sandstones of the Canyon.
- While we were not able to do some of the hiking that we had hoped,
we were able to see the Canyon from a new perspective.
- We adjusted our schedule by spending less time at the Grand Canyon
and, instead, stopped at many of the overlooks on the Little
Colorado River that we could now fit into our schedule.
- By the way, the overlooks provided great views and photo
opportunities. It was not what we hoped to see but it was beautiful
and lots of fun.