DECIDING TO TAKE THAT TRIP

Feb 20th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Arguing With Yourself About Travel

Arguing with yourself about whether to take that trip you have so long wanted to take is one way to arrive at the decision.  The other is to start by believing in the final conclusion:  no matter the case against going, you will choose to go anyway. The difficulty with procrastination is that our ability to travel diminishes with every year that passes.  We want to go, but interferences loom large.  And those interferences will finally win, unless you take over and make the determination that “no matter what” you are going to go.

Our travel expert, Jim Becker, allows for all kind of possibilities in his writings.  He is an expert.  And his counsel continues to be of high quality and sound reason.  Listen to what he has to say.  Make your choice.  Forgo regret and invest in yourself for a change.

Discouraging Discouragements

Several of the major discouragements that hamper deciding to make that trip will need to be wrestled back.  Among them:

  • An older person in the family is experiencing health issues.  If I go, will I have to cut my trip short?  This likelihood looms large in many families, particularly if there are older persons with health issues.  It may be that you will need to get permission from the person in question to go ahead, in order to feel better about it.  Then, make the trip and deal with the consequences when they emerge.
  • My own health continues to trouble me from year to year.  Should I wait until I feel 100% before planning a trip, particularly an international one? Depends upon the nature of your health issues.  If health issues will significantly interfere with your travel, it is likely your enjoyment will be impaired.  This is a purely personal decision, which will also need your physician’s counsel.
  • Worries over economics play into planning a trip which can be costly and intimidating to your budget.  Yes.  This concern will not likely go away.  If you are planning an international trip, try to cap your budget at a comfortable level,  but allow for some cushion. There will be some unforeseens.  They should be anticipated.  If you are uncomfortable with the implications to your economic situation, you should evaluate your situation carefully.
  • Taking care of legal and other issues before going on an international trip always is wise. Being sure your trust, will, family legal affairs are all in order is always a good idea.  No one can second guess what can or might happen.  Just be prepared.   Be sure your family has all the information necessary if you make a trip.
  • Travel light. Do not overburden yourself with stuff, either that you take along or that you purchase.  The trip is is its own reward.  Souvenirs are fine, but memories are easier to pack.
  • Outline your trip so that you are clear what you will experience and what you will have to miss. You can’t do it all in one trip.  Be satisfied that your trip will be one that engages your interests. Be open to new experiences in cuisine, exploration and involvement.   Be sensitive to the needs of others.  If you have mobility issues, be very aware how that impinges on others’ enjoyment.
  • When you have drafted your plans, do a walk through of what you will do day by day.  Be sure your own stamina is up to what you have outlined.  Don’t overestimate what you will be able to do, lest you create a problem for yourself while on the trip.
  • Listen to the counsel of others who have traveled recently.  Anticipate issues with airlines, security and other potential interferences. These can tax your own enjoyment.  Be alert.

Now, once you have concluded that you are going, do so and don’t look back.



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