Whether it’s on purpose or not, we all make choices about the kind of experiences we’re going to have each day. “Getting up on the wrong side of the bed” can be a self-fulfilling prophecy that sends your day spiraling down the tubes before it even starts. The opposite can be said for waking up to a heartfelt “today’s going to be a good day.” Fortunately, more and more people understand the role of perspective in our daily lives and speaking words to power that encourage success and satisfaction.
The same is true for travel— whether alone or with a partner or group. We all intend to have a great vacation, but Malinda and I have found that taking the time set and share specific intentions and expectations for our time away increases the chances of having a memorable adventure. And they’re especially helpful when delayed flights, rude travelers or travel itinerary mixups threaten to shade our sunshine. We communicate our desires for travel in as many ways as possible before we begin our journey.
Saying out loud and sharing expectations for the trip makes them all the more real, memorable and actionable. Prior to each trip we’ll affirm our individual and collective desires for what we want to see, feel and experience during our time away. Sometimes we’ll write them down and other times we’ll say them in a joint meditation or prayer— but we never leave home without them.
Adventurous, loving, luxe, relaxing, educational, beautiful are among the things that often come to mind for us. But it doesn’t just have to be esoteric. We’ll think of the kind of people we want to meet and the way we want our food to taste– or envision getting upgraded accommodations. Remember, thoughts are things and they are the foundation of all action. Turning thoughts into words gives them momentum. Malinda and I were recently reminded of the saying, “Say what you seek until you see what you’ve said.” It’s a simple, but powerful, statement on the power of ideas and desires to set the universe in motion to conspire for our benefit. It’s true for everyday life– and equally important when traveling.
To set our intentions, we first decide what is important to us on our upcoming trip. Whether traveling for business or leisure, Malinda and I will consider what we think will make our trip successful. It could be a new business opportunity, a cherished experience, a relaxing reset– or all of the above. If it’s important to us, it’s a worthwhile intention.
The more we share them, the easier it is to come back to them when circumstances might try to push us in a different direction. Of course, nothing is foolproof and we all have our share of disappointments. But for us, setting clear intentions together has been a remarkable help in making our travels more fruitful and enjoyable. There are plenty of ways to set intentions and you should find what works best for you. Start by Googling “How to set intentions,” and you’ll be well on your way to better, more fulfilling travel.