Plan less, Travel more
Ever feel like getting everyone out of the house to explore the world is becoming more like a chore?
It happens. We get caught up doing the things that we are comfortable with. We started getting too busy to travel. There always seemed to be a reason to stay home… and it was driving me crazy!
I expressed to my dear husband this deep seated need to stretch our legs a little further than a walk around the neighborhood. He stumped me with a simple question.
“Where to then?”
Good question. It’s one thing to say I want to go somewhere. It’s another to actually have a destination in mind.
I wrestle with myself about making the most of our time because I want to do everything! I’m also fearful of buying into touristy trap destinations. I’ve discovered it’s disappointing to plan something you thought would be exciting but once you get there it turns out to be a waste of your time and money.
When I’m traveling by myself I can shake it off. When I have my family with me it’s irritating because of the amount of details involved to get everyone there. For that reason I tend to have backup plans in case something falls through.
The less I have planned the more anxious I am. The less time we have in an area, the more I stress about what we are going to do. Can you blame me if I like to do a little research and ask lots of questions that drive everyone around me up the wall? So it was probably in the name of self preservation that my husband offered to plan the entire trip.
Whew! I simply had to come up with a destination and trust him.
Putting a name to something or someplace that excited me was really an interesting task. I had an idea of what I was looking for as checked my bucket list and started stalking the beautiful photos in a travel group. When one in particular caught my eye.
The Bastei Bridge.
I had wanted to go on a decent hike with a great view and this promised to be what I needed!
Showing the pictures with my husband we both grew more excited by the idea. We had to decide how long we were staying, where we could stay for a family of six, and how we were going to get there. That’s it. Outside of where we were going we decided to let the area surprise us and gave ourselves the time to explore!
On our first venture outside of the immediate area we decided to travel by train. We also decided that if we were going all that way we could probably checkout Dresden on the way there.
Man we had no clue what we were doing! At one point we ended up traveling in the wrong direction. Thankfully by the end of day two we were becoming proficient with the traveling apps and the various transportation schedules! We learned about waiting for trains and dealing with our boredom… even on the path to new adventures.
The most important thing we learned is that we have to get out the door and answer the call to wander. That when it comes to our anxiety, the only way to get over our fear that nothing will work out, is to work through it.