Top of mind awareness. A couple of times a year, buy a travel magazine and put it in your bathroom. Flip through the pages while answering nature’s call. Turn down corners or tear out pictures of places that interest you. (I just bought something from an on-line retailer and got a free 1 year subscription to Travel & Leisure!)
Give a gift of travel. This past weekend we hosted an engagement party for a young couple. As a gift, I gave them a copy of 1000 places in the USA and Canada to See Before You Die. I know it may be a decade or more before they can afford international travel but anyone can load up their car and spend a few days exploring sites in your state or a nearby state.
Use Pinterest. Create virtual dream boards for various cities and countries you’d like to visit. Go to the websites for the pictures you’ve torn from the travel magazines and “pin” those pages to boards for future use.
As the Travel Queen I’ve begun to use this new technology to collect and share places to see and things to do in a variety of cities. Feel free to “re-pin” anything that sparks your interest.
Subscribe to a travel blog. If you ran across this blog by accident, enter your email address to get the weekly posts delivered to your inbox each Friday. Read them over your lunch hour or save them for sharing over happy hour with your spouse or friends.
Use a travel related credit card. We have Alaska Airlines and American Airlines mileage cards. One of my friends in the Midwest has a Southwest Airlines card. Every year, your everyday purchases will help you to earn free airline tickets.
If you like to drive, you may be able to convert miles to hotel points for free hotel stays. Check the partner arrangements before you decide on a card or just get one of the hotel branded credit cards. American Express offers one in partnership with Starwood (Sheraton, Westin, W, Four Points, St. Regis). Citi has one with Hilton (Hilton, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Waldorf Astoria, Grand Wailea).
Once you have some places on your wish list, you can begin to price trips and look for special deals. Your free airline ticket or free hotel nights will no doubt help with the travel budget! Once you’re booked, you can also sign up for Groupon and Living Social to take advantage of dining and activity discounts when you visit!
When we surround ourselves with images of interesting places, they become more accessible in our minds and this increases the probability that you will actually GO.
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