4 Ways Get More From Your Next Cruise by Harnessing the Power of Anticipation
I don’t think that I have ever looked forward to a trip as much as I am looking forward to my upcoming Viking river cruise. As I sit here, cup of Earl Grey steaming on my desk, I can’t help but wonder what life on the river will be like. Will I see any of the mythical creatures that supposedly live on the Rhine? What fascinating people will I meet? What secret places will I discover? I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it!
While I was preparing for this trip, I started to think about the power of anticipation when it comes to travel. I realized that I was already enjoying myself, even though I haven’t set foot on the ship yet. It’s almost as if my river fantasy is extending my real river experience. Do you feel the same way when you plan for a trip?
The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that we can use anticipation to get more from every trip. So, to help you get more from your next travel adventure, I wanted to offer 4 ways to get more from your next trip by harnessing the power of anticipation.
Embrace Virtual Experiences to Prepare for the Real Thing
Technology is such a powerful enabler. When I was asked to join Viking on a river cruise, the first thing that I did was head straight to YouTube to see what the experience would be like. No matter which part of the world you are traveling to, brave adventurers have likely gone before you. There will be no shortage or pictures, videos and blog posts to get you in the mood for traveling. Instagram is also a fantastic place to go for up-to-the-second photos or your destination.
Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of any materials that are provided by your tour company. Not only do they include important safety information, but, they will also help you to start fantasizing about your trip. A few days after I submitted my paperwork to Viking, I received a fantastic welcome kit with all of the information that I needed to enjoy the cruise. This included maps, a complete itinerary and a brochure full of great photos.
Decide on Your Travel Goals
One of the wonderful things about cruises – especially river cruises – is that they give you the flexibility to explore or relax. You can spent most of your time in the city, searching for hidden treasures. Or, you get curl up in a corner with a good book and watch the world float by.
I always find it helpful to write down my goals before any trip. After all, you’ve saved for months, or even years, to take the trip of a lifetime. It’s too important to leave things to chance.
Writing down your goals will help you to decide which activities to participate in. It will also help you to plan your suitcase. What books have you always wanted to read, but, never had the chance? Is there a particular song that you want to listen to as your boat starts moving for the first time? Will any of the daytrips that you plan on taking require warmer clothing or a specific type of footwear?
Planning is not just practical. It will also serve to increase your anticipation. The more you think about your trip, the more you will look forward to it.
This will help to ensure that you are in the proper mindset when the big day finally comes around.
Get in the Right Mindset to Avoid Disappointments
No matter how well managed your cruise is, small inconveniences are going to come up. Maybe the weather won’t be perfect. Or, perhaps you, or someone that you are traveling with, will get sick. As a result, it’s important to remind yourself that no trip is perfect.
Try to put yourself in an adventurous mindset. Remind yourself that travel is, at its heart, an adventure. Make a conscious decision to smile at the little problems that you encounter along the way. The more you plan for positivity, the better your trip will ultimately be.
Learn a Little About the Local Culture and History
One of the best things about taking a cruise is getting to learn about the local culture and history at every stop. At the same time, there is nothing to stop you wetting your appetite before you leave. Reading about the places that you are planning on visiting will help you to decide which questions to ask. In addition, it will help you to remember the information that you receive on the trip.
Another fun exercise that I always go through before I visit a new country is learning a few words of the local language.
There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the look on someone’s face when you make the effort to thank them in their own language.
Before I set sail with Viking River Cruises, I used my favorite language app, Babbel to learn a few words of German and French. I can’t wait to use them at the many Christmas markets that we will visit along the Rhine!
To be honest, writing this article has made me even more excited about my upcoming Viking cruise. I hope that these tips help you to get even more from your next travel adventure!
Do you agree that anticipation can help you to get more from any trip? What do you do to prepare for your travel adventures? Please join the conversation.
This article was originally published on Sixty and Me.