A few weeks ago, I lost my sister due to complications from diabetes. She was 69 years young and, although her health was never what it should have been, it was still sudden and unexpected.
My sister often shared with me how South America was on her bucket list and wouldn’t it be nice to go on a cruise together someday. Aha! Therein lies the rub! “Someday.”
Coulda Shoulda Woulda
You are probably familiar with the phrase, “You could get hit by a bus tomorrow.” It is a metaphor for maybe you should do it now as opposed to later.
Even Yours Truly, a professional travel advisor, is guilty of this. We seem to always come up with excuses why we can’t – at least not right now. No money, no time, no one to go with.
We put off those trips of a lifetime and bucket list journeys to a future date. Often, when I encourage folks to go now, I get push back on having to make a decision.
As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” In my profession, I modify this to, “Go or don’t go. The choice is yours.”
7 Tips to Get You Traveling Now
Here are some of the tips I’ve gathered through my years working as a travel advisor.
Want to cruise in luxury but don’t have enough money? Skip the 10-day mainstream cruise and buy a 5-day luxury cruise. They may appear to be expensive but often include everything – even your airfare!
Traveling alone but can’t afford the single supplement? Many tour operators offer roommate matching.
Don’t want to travel economy for international flights but can’t afford business class? Consider economy plus.
Less Time More Fun
Staying at a resort with the grandkids but can’t afford those jet skis they want? Reduce your hotel stay by a day. That should free up some money for the toys.
Visit in the off-season. Everything is cheaper. For example, Greece doesn’t close in the winter, but the tourist traps do, and the crowds have gone home. What are you left with? Authentic Greece!
Check for Discounted Airfare
Did you know travel planners often get notified when international air carriers have seats they want to fill at a discount? Work your holiday around your air.
Work with an Agency
Agencies often have access to blocks of optioned hotel rooms or cruise cabins that you can purchase. It doesn’t mean you are taking your vacation as a group, it simply means you get a negotiated special rate.
When the sale is over, the unsold rooms go back to the supplier but you got your room at a smokin’ hot deal.
Time Marches On
My beloved sister will never travel to South America, and it was entirely her choice. What is a week of leisure time in the span of six months or a year? As we all march toward the finish line, there is no pause button.