It’s Fall of 2019. We get it. It’s probably too early to think about 2021. But what do you want to do before 2021 rolls around? Where do you want to travel? Chances are, you already have your holiday plans for the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. So now is a great time to start planning where you want to travel in 2020 to cross them off your bucket list before 2021 begins.

Why Travel? It helps you grow & connect with the World

Traveling is a fantastic thing for personal growth, mental growth, and spiritual growth. It helps broaden your world view and increases empathy toward those from different cultures. Want to experience what it is like to bike around a major city? Head to Europe, where that is the norm. It gives you a different perspective. I spent a week in Antwerp, Belgium, a few years ago, and I used rent-a-bikes to tour the city. My legs were sore by the end of the week, but I got to see the city in an entirely different way that I would have by car or bus. And I got to go further than I would have been otherwise able to on foot.

And for you entrepreneurs out there, traveling exposes you to new ideas, new cultures, and new products that may not be available where you live. Simply put, traveling sparks creativity.

Traveling also helps you better connect with the people you travel with. If you’ve ever traveled with family (especially children) you know that this can be stressful at times. But what lasts are the memories of the times you had together. The same is true for traveling with friends and work colleagues. When you travel to a conference with a coworker, for example, you share experiences and meet new people that can help you build those shared experiences with your team.

Building a travel bucket list

If you are like us, you’d love to travel more. What we find is that creating a travel bucket list and setting a “complete by date” helps motivate you to travel more often. It helps you strategize about how to check that trip off your bucket list. To start one, follow these tips:

  • This week, think about and write down 5 places you’d like to travel to between now and the end of 2020.
  • Don’t just think about actual vacations. Think also about how you can combine personal travel with a work trip. Maybe some continuing education, networking event, or trade show? It all counts and helps you grow.
  • At least 2 of these trips should be actual vacations. It’s important to unwind, explore, and recharge.
  • One of them should involve traveling with friends, family, or coworkers. This will help build shared experiences with others, and it will help deepen those relationships.
  • After you’ve done this, strategize about how you can fit the travel in, how you’ll pay for it (can you get work to pay for some of it), etc.
  • Then, in January 2021, reflect on your travels and what you’ve learned. You’ll be surprised how enlightening this exercise can be.
Why you should start planning now?

Because time flies. That’s the short answer. But the better answer is because if you start planning now, you can start looking for deals. Most the time, the offers you are seeing now for travel in the Fall & Winter 2019 will be offered again next year. It’s a routine that many resorts like to follow because it is hard, frankly, to come up with new deals every year. And the deals may actually get better if the resort learns that the deal wasn’t widely purchased this go round. So watch the deals now, and then set a reminder on your calendar for when the offer was made, so you can be sure to check back for it next year.

What’s on your travel bucket list for next year? Tell us in the comments.

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