A Simple Way to Ease Travel Envy

Are you one of those people who linger over the travel section of the newspaper on Sundays? Do you have a long bucket list of destinations to visit? Me too.

Number one on my list is Alaska. I want to do exactly what my friend and her family are doing this summer on their Alaskan cruise: kayak near the glaciers, hike the national parks, cruise the Inside Passage, appreciate the whales and sea lions, photograph bears and bald eagles, and explore Sitka and Juneau. I’m not proud of this, but hearing about their trip is excruciating.

I’m convinced  that the whole state of Alaska might just disappear under melting glaciers if I don’t get there soon. But I’m prepared. I’ve researched cruises and tours. I’ve priced airfare. I’ve proposed camping in tents and eating only one meal a day (filling in the rest with energy bars) to reduce expenses. I’ve filled a manila folder with so many ideas, places and potential itineraries that I’ve had to switch to an expandable folder. Alas, even with rustic accommodations and gastronomic sacrifice, neither of which my family is in favor of, it’s too expensive.

I have a debilitating case of Travel Envy which is interfering with my goal of living a life of gratitude.

So instead of lamenting all the wondrous places I will not be touring any time soon, I am “revisiting” the places I’ve already been. After all, great memories are just a click away on my computer. My current background photo is from a family trip to the Grand Canyon in March 2012. My husband and I got up before dawn and left our teenagers to sleep in while we took in the sunrise from the South Rim. It was so peaceful and beautiful and vast that I still shiver with awe just thinking about that morning. I’m grateful that I got to see The Grand Canyon. It used to be number one on my bucket list and now it is checked off.

I guess Alaska will still be there when I’m able to go. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the Grand Canyon sunrise every time I boot up my Mac. And I’ll feel grateful.

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2 thoughts on “A Simple Way to Ease Travel Envy

  1. I love this! As a former flight attendant I suffer more from travel regret. I tend to obsess about all the things I missed during my globe-trotting days. As a young nomad, I felt as though I had all the time and resources in the world and would certainly return to these magical locations when I could experience them fully. Along with “revisiting” I’ve also tamed my regret by immersing myself in local flavor and fully enjoying all the hot spots in my area. The approach of summer always brings on a strong case of “travel envy.” Thanks for the reminder that a little creativity coupled with a dose of gratitude is just the prescription I need.

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    • Thanks for your comment! What a great idea to fully explore your own area. I need to do that more as well. I suffer from travel regret too. For example, I could have spent a semester in Florence as a college junior but I chose to stay at my school to be near my boyfriend! I’m still regretting my choice even though I’ve been married to the guy for almost 20 years! 🙂 I want to go to Italy so badly!

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