We got invited to Paris Fashion Week one week ago today and we are currently landing in Paris. Ask me to do that two years ago and I would have rolled my eyes or had a panic attack thinking about it! I used to be the biggest planner- I would plan trips months in advance, I would know the best places to eat, where to stay, and have a detailed itinerary of everyday. I couldn’t take a weekend trip to California leaving the next day! I realized I was missing out on opportunities because my anxious mind was in charge! When opportunity knocks, don’t let anything stop you! On spontaneous trips, you may not have control over everything, but here are 6 ways to help you put that anxious mind at ease and live out all the opportunities that come your way.
Don’t take on everything at once: When I first think about planning a trip and the initial excitement fades, the long list of to dos overtake my mind. Where to stay, what to eat, transportation, what to wear and suddenly I’m overwhelmed. It’s important to remember that all of these things don’t need to be done in the next 10 minutes. Make a list of the tasks that you have to complete and cross them off when you do. Take one thing at a time and it will all fall into place.
Organize: Before you leave for your trip, organize and prepare as much as you can. Check the weather so you know what to pack, make a list so you are sure not to forget anything, and lay out all of your outfits ahead of time. if you need to pack light, choose items that you can easily mix and match! Doing this will make your mornings run more smoothly and help you get out the door sightseeing that much quicker!
List Your “Must Do’s” and let everything else be a bonus: We could sit down and set a strict itinerary where we hit all of the sights, see all of the museum, and make it to all the top cafes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but for us that takes the adventure out of the equation. Don’t let the fear of missing out give your trip added pressure! When we go on a trip, we make a list of the top things we want to see and do and everything else we happen to see is just a bonus! We have found that for us, this leaves a lot more time for laughs, funny stories, and a million inside jokes!
Take Break: Trips can get exhausting and they all have their up’s and down’s. If you leave some wiggle room in your itinerary, those downs can turn into macaroons and naps in the park instead of hanger and blistered feet. Sometimes on trips we feel like if we take a break, we are wasting our time and money even being there. We feel a need to be on the move at all times, but in order to really enjoy your experience, you need to give yourself a break. It is okay to take an hour in a coffee shop to reenergize and relax a bit. After all, this is a vacation…let it be!!
Be Money Conscious, But Careless: We realize that money can be a big stressor on trips and it is something we all need to be conscious of, but don’t let it keep you from your experiences! It is very important to budget, but allow yourself to splurge a little. You gave up a lot to be here, so try that pastry and get that “I heart Paris” shirt.
Live for the Experience: Search “Eiffel Tower” on Instagram and you will find a flood of perfectly posed pictures with the perfect sunset backdrop and seemingly nobody else around. Seeing these pictures can make you feel an added pressure to create a similar experience for yourself. Don’t live your trip trying to get the perfect picture, live your trip and capture memories along the way. That may mean you end up with a camera roll full of underexposed, overexposed, and slightly blurry pictures, but take them for what they are! Memories!! And remember, at the end of the day you are at the Eiffel Tower and I am sitting on my couch seeing it through Instagram! I think you’re fabulous either way!
“You can’t control the wind, you can only adjust your sails.” -Thomas S. Monson
You can’t determine when an opportunity will arise, but you can adjust your mindset. We hope you can use these tools to kick that anxious mind out of the drivers seat on your way out of town this weekend! In the end everything will work out! You want to look back on your trip laughing at all the things that went wrong, rather than crying at the things that didn’t go as planned. If you need a spontaneous travel buddy, help packing a bag, or a completely uncertified therapist along the way, we are only a phone call away!
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