• Angie Kunze

Why you should still be thinking about travel during the pandemic

Updated: Apr 21

COVID has had us all stuck at home for months, too many months. Sure, some places will allow us in, but will we be able to get back home? but we can still travel in the US right? Maybe.

With COVID restrictions changing every day, sometimes even hour to hour, maybe you have given up on thinking about your next trip. I personally have had to cancel 3 vacations this year, but I think you should go ahead and plan that trip. Here's why:

Trip planning is an amazing and wonderful distraction.

When I open a travel book, or start working on an itinerary, I literally lose track of hours. It isn't uncommon for me to start planning a trip, and come up for air hours later, wondering what day it is! I'm focused on my next great adventure, not worried about life's little, or big, problems. It is a literal escape from reality. Think of it as a getaway for your mind, heart and soul. Odds are, your body will be able to follow soon enough.

Trip planning is good for you.

This article from National Geographic explains the mental health benefits of the simple act of planning travel:

"Looking ahead to your next adventure could benefit your mental health. Even if you’re not sure when that adventure will be. Some psychologists tout the mental benefits of vacationing somewhere new. One 2013 survey linked travel to enhanced empathy, attention, energy, and focus. Other research suggests that the act of adapting to foreign cultures may also facilitate creativity. But what about the act of planning a trip? Can we get a mental health boost from travel before we even leave home?"

Scientists talk travel

The article goes on to further explain:

"Planning and anticipating a trip can be almost as enjoyable as going on the trip itself, and there’s research to back it up. A 2014 Cornell University study delved into how the anticipation of an experience (like a trip) can increase a person’s happiness substantially—much more so than the anticipation of buying material goods. An earlier study, published by the University of Surrey in 2002, found that people are at their happiest when they have a holiday planned. Amit Kumar, one of the co-authors of the Cornell study, explains that the benefits are less about obsessing over the finer points of an itinerary than they are about connecting with other people. One reason? Travellers “end up talking to people more about their experiences than they talk about material purchases,” he says. “Compared to possessions, experiences make for better story material.”

It is NEVER too early to start planning.

I start planning as early as possible. I ALWAYS have my feelers out.

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc. are all great planning tools and you can start getting inspiration today

As soon as you know where you want to go, start following related pages and groups on social media for inspiration. Here is where you will see that Instagram worthy photo of something that is a must see or do. For example, I follow "York England" "Discover Tasmania" "Fiji" "Visit Barbados" and MANY more. See my tips for planning your dream vacation here.

Admittedly, there are some unique challenges involved with trying to plan travel during a pandemic.

Flight/bus/train schedules are limited, it's hard to know what they will be like in the months to come. Many points of interest are closed or may have COVID hours. As mentioned earlier, don't concentrate so much on the finer points, but you can start working out your itinerary, and educating yourself about your chosen spot.

To sum things ups

Trip planning can be a fun distraction. It can be good for your mental health, and the earlier you start, and more work you put in, the better your vacation will be.

Stay safe all and let's hope we will be moving freely around the globe very soon.... Now what are you waiting for? dig in!

We've been able to do a tiny but of traveling this year.

a fun dinosaur themed indoor mini golf course in Omaha:

and a trip to Arkansas:

Here are some additional resources to help you plan your best trip:

Public transportation for beginners

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Rick Steve's Travel Guides, BUY THE BOOK and make your dreams happen.

Planning your dream vacation, where to start!

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