I once read there are three keys to a happy life: something to do, some-one to love, and something to hope for, or look forward to.
Clive and I share a passion for travel and exploring new places, always balancing this with our desire to spend as much time as possible with family in the U.S. and England.
I think for anyone who loves to travel, an upcoming trip counts as one of the keys to a happy life, something to anticipate and look forward to.
In the second half of last year, we were away for three months. Three weeks from today, we depart for our next overseas trip. We’ll be away from our home in Sydney for seventy-three nights, which I wrote about in ‘Hungry Heart: Counting the Days in Paris‘:
· U.S. – seeing my mother, and my father and his wife; a lot of medical and other personal business appointments with my mom
· U.S. – visiting my son in Washington, D.C., and Clive seeing the U.S. capitol for the first time
· Paris – just the two of us, walking and exploring new places and old favourites, and meeting some wonderful new blogging friends
· England – spending time with Clive’s father, family, and friends
· Wales – a week for just the two of us, walking in the Snowdonia region and visiting Hay-on-Wye
· U.S. – returning for my mother’s 85th birthday and more time with her and other family members
As of today, we are officially in trip mode.
What does this mean, exactly?
A Passion for Travel
To me, being in trip mode is both a physical and emotional state of being.
On the physical side, being in trip mode invokes a multitude of practical planning and logistics activities that must be addressed. For these, we have developed a series of ‘C&C’ travel checklists.
Equally or more important is the mental and emotional side of travel. It’s inspiring, and energising, to plan a trip. But I also worry. Have I forgotten anything? Are our checklists complete? Should I be sending e-mails to anyone else to arrange get-togethers?
For me, and I know for others who share this passion, it’s the sum total of practical and emotional experience that makes a trip come together.
What are those magic ingredients that make a trip both memorable and wonderful? Since we’re in trip mode for the next few weeks, I’ll share some of our travel tips and techniques in this series, and our ideas for maximising a trip’s success.
More to come.
A Passion for Travel, Part 2: The Master Trip Calendar
A Passion for Travel, Part 3: Travel Planning Checklist
A Passion for Travel, Part 4: Packing without Panic
A Passion for Travel, Part 5: Travel Technology
A Passion for Travel, Part 6: Departure Checklist
A Passion for Travel, Part 7: Airport Survival Strategies
A Passion for Travel, Part 8: Top Ten In-Flight Insights
A Passion for Travel, Part 8a: Eleventh In-Flight Insight
A Passion for Travel, Part 9: Jet Lag Jambalaya
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