One of the things that you want to make sure that you do before you take off traveling, especially if it’s for some kind of vacation, is handle all of your personal issues. Nothing can make a trip worse than worrying about things that are taking place in other aspects of your life.
So before you head to Hawaii, or the slopes of Canada, or the museums of Great Britain, make a personal checklist for yourself and take care of things like alcohol trouble, anxiety, money issues, professional knowledge transfer, and home organization. These can be either easy or hard to deal with, and make take lots of time or very little time at all, but the less of them that are present during your travels, the better.
Dealing with alcohol issues isn’t going to be fun while you’re out traveling. It’s far better to get that effort out of the way first. And for many people, they don’t even know they have a problem. That’s why it’s not bad to have a little reflective meditation about this before journeying as well. Do you feel like you need alcohol where you’re going in order to have fun? If the answer is yes, then think about why that’s the case.
Do you feel anxious about traveling? How awful is it to suffer before, during and after the event itself when you don’t have to? Anxiety comes from lots of different places, but if you deal with it as far as possible before actually traveling, then you can get all of those nerves and bad vibes out of your system before it affects the actual quality of your journey. If you’ve ever traveled with an anxious person, you know how much of a downer it can be, so don’t be that person yourself!
When you’re out traveling, you want to have a firm grip on the things that you can afford, and the things that you can’t. If you haven’t set up a travel budget ahead of time, you can get sunk real fast. You can either totally run out of money, or you can try scrimping and saving, only to find out you could have had more fun if you’d known you could spend more.
Professional Knowledge Transfer
Even if you haven’t heard the term ‘professional knowledge transfer’ before, it’s something very important that you should consider every time you leave for a trip. In a nutshell, it basically means that whatever you do for a job, make sure you illustrate to your coworkers the details. You don’t need your work calling you on your vacation because they don’t know how to forward the phone.
And finally, if you leave when your home is a mess, it’ll be a mess when you return. Plan in advance to do a deep cleaning before leaving, and that aspect of the trip will be no sweat.