Last week, I talked about the pitfalls of competitive travel and letting your travel decisions be driven by a checklist, selecting destinations you aren’t passionate about simply to say you have been there. I still believe everything I said there is true. Except when it isn’t. (See that? “The opposite of a great truth is also true.”)
Let’s look at why having a travel goal or list can be useful!
At the start of each new year, I love to sit down and think about a theme or tone I want to set for the year ahead. For me, this exercise invariably involves thoughts of travel. Over meals, I talk to the kids about what new places they would like to discover and what types of experiences would be of most interest to them. Between their wishes and ours (the parents), we come up with a rather LONG list. In addition, Jim and I have a list of destinations for kid-free trips that we are constantly curating (African safari anyone?).