People are always talking about taking their “dream vacation” — but largely what people mean when they say this is that every detail of the trip was planned flawlessly, everything went according to plan, and the service and food were stellar.
Every time we decide to walk out our front door, we’re taking a risk. Seasoned travelers know this. They also know that in most cases, the risks pale in comparison to all there is to gain from getting out and seeing the wide world.
The truth is, there are thousands of possible trips out there. There are plenty of great trips to choose from — and then there are trips that are great for you. Being honest about what you want and need and getting to know your own personal travel profile can save you from the but-it-looked-great-on-paper trip disappointment.
Like a lot of dramatic stories, this one starts with a couple in love. They’d just gotten hitched and were set to depart the next morning on their dream honeymoon to Bali. But…
Here are five handy things that should become part of your regular packing list… you will be glad to have them with you!
Whether you’re going for a couple of weeks or even for months together, there are some foundational things that are critical to making travel with someone else successful.
If you’ve never cruised to Alaska, you may think it sounds pretty straightforward: you fly to the west coast, board the ship, and within days you’ll be watching moose dance atop glaciers, while bald eagles land on your balcony railing as whales breach in the waters below, right?
If you’re an active international traveler like we are, then you should know about Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.
You can easily and joyfully spend weeks in Tokyo, getting lost in the sprawling oddities of the capital city. But that would not give you a proper understanding of Japan as whole. This island nation rewards those who venture beyond Tokyo with mesmerizing natural and cultural attractions that are splendidly unique in the modern world.
Being able to give to the people you meet, the communities you visit, and the environments you explore is one of the greatest rewards a traveler can experience. Not only will you be helping people and the planet, but you will feel energized and happy.