I have traveled the planet. More than almost anyone I have encountered. Because of that experience I have learned a few valuable things to make the trip, vacation, journey even better than your hopes and dreams. Here are a few suggestions.
First, TRAVEL WITH FAMILY.
It’s obvious, but frequently forgotten as to why. Family can be relatives, yes. But much more often for gay men and woman it is CHOSEN FAMILY that become so special in our travel. Why? Because the shared experience is everything. The laugh’s, the wonderment, the tastes, the cultures and so forth should be experienced with FAMILY. Key West has a beautiful marketing message of “One Human Family.” That could never be more true when you explore the planet. Make friends. Then travel in groups of “family.” Think of it as ‘HERDS’ in the animal kingdom. There is safety in numbers… yes. But, the experience is even more rewarding.
Second, SHARE BEFORE THE TRIP.
At ALandCHUCK.travel we have group Facebook pages for our RuPaul Cruise in Europe and North America, for Cuba and more. WHY? Because the shared experience before you travel can be as rewarding as the travel itself. I constantly recommend to my guests to “Live In This Moment.” To often we dream of the future or we relive the past. But if we are not experience the RIGHT NOW we miss the vital nature of why we all travel in the first place. So live RIGHT NOW. Not the past and not the future. Living in this moment as it relates to your vacation and travel is discussing with your friends and family what you are looking forward to, why, and what you want to experience. THAT is living in this moment. To start to explore what you want from your travel experience. And by the way, I have learned that is so much more valuable or any T-shirt or something you buy along the way.
Third, DON’T OBSESS OR OVERPLAN.
I see this problem frequently in gay travel. We are frequently in need to plan in minutia detail. To dot every I and cross every T. That’s fine. But only to a point. When you do this I have found it allows you to live in a travel space that is no longer the experience I discuss in SHARE BEFORE THE TRIP. Instead, you are like a secretary, just planning and planning and planning instead of dreaming and exploring what you really want. Don’t get caught up in silly details. They spoil the greatest benefit of travel. The experience itself.
I wish I could have taken my own advice 25 years ago. I didn’t. It took a long, long time to learn these simple principles. But now I travel the world with wide-eyed appreciation of combining a Gay Man combined with the wonderment of a child. I absolutely wish you the same. We have so much to learn from travel. We have so much JOY it can bring us. But we have to approach it in the right way. And then travel brings us happiness.