When I first started traveling, it shocked me to hear other travelers say they’d grown tired of traveling.
With the abundance of wanderlust flowing through my veins, I couldn’t imagine getting tired of traveling.
Until I did.
And I can say without hesitation that the people who are tired of traveling are traveling the wrong way. After your 100th selfie with this famous statue or your 80th time eating from that sketchy food stall, the novelty that comes with visiting a new place begins to wane.
Travel becomes the same show in a different location and you wonder if you’ll ever get excited about traveling again.
The answer is yes. If you stop traveling the wrong way.
The Best Way to Travel. Period
If you stop depending on top ten lists to plan your itinerary and if you stop packing 10 days worth of activities into a weekend, and if you create memorable, life-changing experiences with each trip, you’ll never get tired of traveling.
I often joke that from college applications to job interviews, we spend so much time trying to stand out. And as soon as a group accepts us, we do everything we can to fit in!
Travelers are no different.
We all stand in the same lines for the same attractions trying to snap the coolest, most unique selfie. As we move from place to place, trodding a well-beaten path across the world, one can’t help but wonder is there anything else to this travel thing?
Don’t get me wrong.
Some tourist attractions will take your breath away. Standing in Hercules Grotto was a life-changing experience that ignited my passion for travel. Other attractions are underwhelming. You’ll leave dissatisfied with the amount of time you spent in line and the cost of the ticket.
The best way to prevent this displeasure is to create a travel itinerary of things you’d love to do no matter where you are.
Your travel to-do list should closely resemble your at-home to-do list. It should include those worth-while activities that you’ve always wanted to do, but never made time for: like taking a cooking class, watching a meteor shower, or volunteering at a shelter.
Vacations offer the perfect break from your routine to try something new. Use that time to do the things you care about instead of the things that other people care about.
Create a List of Things To Do While On Travel (Or At Home)
On average, you have a little over 28,000 days of life to enjoy. Sure the front and back years will be spent in diapers, but the middle part is waiting to be filled with a different type of excitement.
Many people run through their days caught on the hamster wheel. And the only breaks they take are for food, water, and sleep.
It’s the extraordinary hamster that waits until little Timmy leaves the room to jump off the wheel and gnaw the plastic bits from a corner to create a hole.
Break free from your hamster wheel.
Get a start at www.dayzeroproject.com. It’s where the other rogue hamsters go to create their lists of kickass goals.
To level-up your life, create a list of things to do and challenge yourself to complete the list within a specified time; the most popular is the 101 things in 1001 days.
It might seem daunting to come up with 101 amazing things to do. Check out my list for a few ideas. Then head over to Bucket List Beasts for the jaw-dropping things my friend Sonjia lives to accomplish.
You’ll find inspiration to create a life that legends are made of.
Figuring out how to accomplish these 101 goals adds excitement to your daily life and creates a perfect list of things to go after when you travel.
How To Use Your List
My 101 list is one of my favorite planning tools for an unplanned vacation day.
If my original plan falls through, I’ll check my list for something to do. And often I’m able to fulfill one of my goals with an impressive backdrop.
I had a picnic in Seville, watched the sunrise from a cruise ship leaving Grand Turk and left a 100% tip to an amazing waitress in New Orleans. Halloween in Miami was a great way to cross off a goal to dress like a superhero, and who knows where I’ll accomplish my new Halloween costume aspiration: to dress up as a pharaoh.
The best thing about using this list when you travel is that you’re doing things you really want to do AND repeating the same goal in different countries produces totally different outcomes! For example, cooking classes or volunteer experiences will vary greatly depending on where you are.
Another great thing about using a goal list to create your travel agenda is that you avoid tourist lines and your experiences expand beyond “top ten” lists.
Knowing what you dream of doing before picking a destination makes it easy to create unforgettable and meaningful experiences. Your travels go beyond basic tourist activities and into a realm of living life to the fullest and chasing your dreams wherever they’ll lead you.
Even when you’re not thinking about them.
Some months, I didn’t check my lists. When I finally revisited the list, I realized that I’d completed a few items without actively trying to. That’s the thing about your mind.
It works overtime to help you accomplish your goals if you clearly state what they are. (I write more about that in my newbie travelers guide.)
So even if you aren’t sure how or where you’ll accomplish a goal, just putting it down on this list gives your mind the green light to start planning for you. Science doesn’t get much cooler than that!
Your mission, should you choose to accept: make a 101 list, keep it in a wallet or purse, and finish your goals within 1001 days.
Don’t forget to share all the cool, travel-related activities you’re accomplishing!
If you comment the link to your list, I’d love to follow your journey! We can keep each other motivated to be fricking awesome during the years we have left.
So, what’s first on your list?