• Annie Kananack

5 Steps to Creating an Exceptional Vacation (Travel Like an ARTIST)

Updated: May 5

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Beautiful older couple on vacation

Summer is almost here and plans for travel are on the table!


Let’s apply our five rules of becoming an ARTIST (ya know…just being exceptional) and see how doing so can create an amazing vacation!


Living life as an ARTIST (showing exceptional creative ability or skill) brings freedom and fulfillment and isn’t that what we want from our vacations anyway?

Okay, as a recap here are the 5 steps of becoming an ARTIST:

  1. Accept the Challenge

  2. Define the Rules

  3. Master Your Craft

  4. Elevate Your Skill

  5. Infuse You

Today, we are going to focus on Step 1 of our 5 steps.


1. Accept the Challenge


One might think that the first step applies to accepting the challenge of deciding to use your money and time to go on a trip, but it’s not. That’s not a challenge…That’s a given!


Take the trip!


You deserve it!


No, the challenge you are accepting is to be exceptional about planning it!!!!


journal, pen, polaroids and glasses laying on a map

Remember the idea of planning is not to create a vacation that restricts, limits or sets unachievable expectations. It’s to get below the surface of the trip and understand all the complexity of what it could be and make choices that will create freedom and fulfillment!!


Are you ready?


Great!


Here we go…


Every great book or movie starts with an incredible beginning. Your vacation is no different.


Your focus is to establish such a fundamental base right in the beginning that everything that comes from there flows easily and the trip practically creates itself!


Your goal: To be exceptional.


Your beginning: Step One: Accepting the Challenge which is broken into three parts.


1) MAKE THE COMMITMENT

You start by creating a promise or pledge to follow the course of actions that will result in creating a vacation that meets the needs of everyone.


Everyone? That’s impossible!


No…that’s exceptional!


With commitment comes responsibility which is a high level existence right up there with being exceptional! We must acknowledge to ourselves that we are responsible for doing the work and to communicating to all involved to create the greatest vacation ever. Responsibility is not a burden. It’s about creating freedom. The more responsible you are on the front end about choices, the more freedom you create on the back end during the vacation. The worry and anxiety are gone. The frustration is gone. All that is left is the freedom to enjoy the trip.


Imagine arriving in an area you have never been to before and there is no stress. You’ve done such a great job planning that there is no mystery or reason to be anxious. No matter what problem presents itself you know your options.


beautiful shot of asian city street

You really are on vacation!!


2) BEING THERE

Here is where you allow yourself the time to ENJOY planning.


As you look at lodging, attractions, weather, and tours allow yourself to experience what it would be like. This gives you the best opportunity to establish the place from which to make choices. And if you allow yourself to BE THERE….you ARE THERE!


Your imagination is a pretty powerful thing! Can you feel the quietness of the lake?


Beautiful lake and mountains


This is the perk of being the one who made the commitment!


By the time you share the plans for the trip with those going, you’ll have become the expert. You’ll know if it’s going to be too hot to enjoy that hike, too crowded to ever get into that restaurant, or that you’ll be square within your budget to add a few luxury items! This allows you to set yourself up for experiencing the best options available!


Egyptian pyramids with beautiful sunrise

Nothing worse than planning a trip to Egypt and getting there and it’s so hot you can barely enjoy the experience!

3) KNOW YOUR PURPOSE

Why do you want to go on this particular trip?


What do you want to accomplish?


As a writer I always start with my endings first, so let’s start there….at the end.


What do you want the end result of the trip to be? How do you want to feel and how do you want everyone else to feel when you get home?


______ Relaxed?

______ Invigorated?

______ More connected to loved ones?

______ At peace with self?

______ Other?


So, looking at your answers, what kind of trip will this be?

______ rejuvenating/relaxing trip?

______ adventurous trip?

______ interactive trip?

______ Other?

______ A mixture?


two women hikers crossing a stream; beautiful smile

Take your time. This is the first and most important decision. All other decisions result from this one.


Do you know which trip you’re taking?


Great!


Now, you get to decide who you want to go with on this trip.


You mean you get to decide? It’s not a given?


Look at the answer to what you want the end result of your trip to be.


If you need relaxation and rejuvenation, you may decide to make this a trip for two and leave the kids at home with friends or family.


Older couple enjoying a picnic near beautiful lake

If that’s really what’s needed, then everyone will benefit from this decision. Remember an exceptional vacation means that it meets the needs of everyone!


So, what’s it going to be?


______ Just you?

______ Romantic Couple’s trip?

______ Family trip?

______ Friends trip?


Whatever choice you’ve made I’m sure it’s the right one!


Great job! You’ve completed the first step!

You’ve allowed yourself to make the commitment, to be there, and to know your purpose.


Each of these steps have now gotten you into the right frame of mind to create that amazing vacation!


I’m getting excited for you!


Okay, next week we’ll address “Step 2 - Define The Rules”, where we will discuss rules, expectations, and protocols. This will help you Know Before You Go!


See you next week!


You Are an ARTIST!

I see it.


With Great Love,

Annie




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