Travel and the Artwork of Anticipation
In fact, the moment we are in can offer the perfect amount of aisle to cultivate expectation. “The pandemic is forcing us to prioritize our future,” said Dr Dunn. “January Liz is very excited about what Summer Liz is going to do.”
Of course, there is a possibility of Summer Liz or even you will have to delay or cancel the plans again, depending on how the pandemic develops. But even if you do, you will not miss the expected pleasure you will experience in the meantime.
As Dr. Dunn once put it: This is “happiness already in the bank.”
Invite others to remember
Perhaps the most unexpected benefit of planning your own trip today is that it can bring great joy to someone else. Wherever you are thinking of going, Dr. Dunn suggests calling a parent or grandparent, for example, and giving them a chance to remember their own journeys. Ask them if they have ever been where you want to go.
Memory, after all, has been shown to boost our happiness. We can do this for ourselves by looking at our old travel diaries or photos. But we can also give joy to remembering others by inviting them to share their memories – something that can be especially welcome in the midst of pandemic isolation.
“Creating opportunities for others to remember is a really kind thing,” said Dr Dunn.
The planning phase is also an opportunity to gather and touch the ground with the people you hope to travel with one day, whether they are friends or extended family members. Make your future trip a reason for meaningful interaction now, said Dr. Dunn, something she and her friends do instead of going out to dinner.
“I think starting to plan a vacation is like this active step towards hope,” he said, “and the end of this awesome moment we are all in.”
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