As I wrote it on 24 June 2014 and some additional insights I learned in the last 4 years. Still learning!
1. Before the end of each year, I pick 3 countries/cities I want to see.
I might not have the money, I might not have time, it might be difficult to get a visa... I don't care! I am picking!!! So, looking at the next 12 months, list the top 3 countries or cities you have been meaning to see and why do you want to visit each?
2. Build a rough "must-do". List your top 3 things in each places.
If you ever push through, you have the top 3 to aim for, everything else will be a bonus. That way, you don't feel stressed into jamming your day with so many things to do or places to see. You are on vacation, you are not at work!
As I wrote it on 28 June 2014
This was back in the day when we were only 4. I surprised my little family to a European tour and started with the beautiful Czech Republic.
But first things first, I had to learn how to pack light. My first attempt to committing to the challenge was not entirely a success but I learned, a lot.
One back-pack each! It was a definite challenge but it's needed. This is a 10-day trip to 2 cities, essentially. In August we will be touring more cities and so it's good to practice now and not be stressed-out later on.
Granted I and hubs still carry the boys' bags now and again, I still say it's a must to stick to one-bag rule. No check-in luggage and no wheels to worry on cobbled streets, it's a brilliant idea!
As I wrote it on 23 June 2014.
It felt like the longest 7 months of working, planning and working some more, non-stop.
There were days I cried, I fell ill or just felt like I pushed myself too far. There were days when I got cranky as hell or seriously depressed just for being tired and hungry. I was overworked and was skipping meals to either work some more (job) or work on the plans
But as the saying goes, never give up. So, I didn't.
I pushed myself until I feel like I reached my breaking point. I rest to recover from the tension and then I resume working on it again.
We used to flip through the pages of glossy magazines or colourful webpages, drool and gawk at gorgeous places we only dreamed of seeing. We used to daydream over the idea of food we might never get to taste. Wondered how each destination feels.