Happiness experts tell us that taking a vacation from our routine lives and seeing something new, whether it's being in nature, a different city or rediscovering our loved ones in a different setting, can infuse happiness into our lives. What people often don’t know is that these experts also say that the time leading up to the vacation is what incites the most happiness in us! The weeks, months or even years of pre-vacation planning and dreaming about that “bucket list” trip creates just as much, if not more, happiness for us!
I, for one, am a HUGE lover of vacations. I love to talk about them, dream about them and plan them. I’ll spend hours researching destinations, hotels, transportation, things to do, sights to see. I have a special American Express card I pay extra for (drives my husband, Mark, nuts) but we get travel benefits: upgrades and “free breakfast”, early check-in and late check out (of course “when available” which it often is). I’ve had it for years (my guilty pleasure) and I’m not giving it up any time soon.
In addition to being co-founder of THE ROUTE, I am the owner of NP Aesthetics, Inc. in Newport Beach. I have treated thousands of people, mostly women (but I have lots of awesome men too) to cosmetic medical skincare and procedures over the last two decades. One of the perks of the job is talking to my patients. I don’t rush, I take my time and don’t double book my schedule. Why? For one, the patient deserves my full attention and for me to be relaxed and not frantic with a waiting room full of anxious patients but mostly because I love to spend time with them. I hear about their families, the ups and downs of life but what I really love is to hear all about their travels. I have heard so many travel stories - from the details that make a trip special, to the many ways and whys to travel. The destinations are endless and the possibilities fill my heart with hope and happiness.
Now why on earth am I writing about travel during a shutdown amidst a global pandemic? Because I think we all need a little boost right now. I know travel, at least by plane, has nearly come to a screeching halt but I’m pretty sure road trips and staycations are up, up, up!