It’s hard to leave…..
Ever had one of those holidays where it is really hard to depart, to leave and go home even though you love your home?
Then when you arrive home you get the post travel blues?
F. Scott Fitzgerald said “It’s a funny thing, coming home. Nothing changes. Everything feels the same, looks the same, even smells the same. Then you realize what has changed is you.”
Over the years I have found the best remedy for this is to start looking, searching and planning for the next trip, however big or small it may be before you even get home. Keep the love of travel alive changing those post travel blues thoughts into a question: Where am I going next?
I use a process from Appreciate Inquiry and Solution Focused practice that I have used in my work as a Consultant in Human Services to help this planning process. It is called the 4 Ds.
DREAM DISCOVER DESIGN DESTINY
DREAM - Don’t let go of your travel dreams and goals. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, travel changes us. It is the classroom of life without four walls. Where do I want to go?
DISCOVER – Do your research or find a travel professional to do the research for you. What do I want to do when I get there? Does this destination I have in mind meet my travel wants and needs? Or is there some other place that might be better? What are the main attractions of this destination? Talk to people who have been there and do your research online.
DESIGN – once you have done your research and made your destination decision, design your trip how you want it to be. How do I want to spend my time when I get there? Who do I want to go with? What is my budget? Do I want to stay in the one location or move around to new places consistently? There is an old saying that ‘There are many roads that lead to Rome’. It is the destination that matters – and there are many ways, roads and different types of transport to get you there.
DESTINY – make your travel dreams to the next destination come true and the experience of the journey your destiny. Become the person that can talk to having been there, if only once rather than the person that has heard about being there many times from others.
Let’s make memories all over the world!