Becoming a Dreamer
We've found that so many people have forgotten how to dream. As kids, we did it all the time. We dreamt big until for one reason or another “reality” made us come back down and dream smaller (or even stop dreaming altogether). Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to become a dreamer once again.
Why am I talking about dreaming big on a blog dedicated to camping and travel tips for families? Because a dream or an idea is where everything all begins. Instead of choosing a destination and then making it fit for you, find a destination that fits the type of experience you’re looking for. If you’ve always dreamt of looking at a night sky full of stars then you don’t plan a vacation to the California coast. If your son loves trains and your dream is to take him to ride on a classic steam engine down a scenic forested canyon then you’re not going to head to Florida. Get what we're saying?
Maybe you're saying “But I don’t even know what kind of experience I want”! Here are some ideas to help the dream juices start flowing:
Create a Bucket List:
Take out a piece of paper and a pen and write down all the things you’ve ever wanted to do. These things could big BIG, as in you’re writing them down but you never really expect them to happen, or they could be small, simple, and more within your grasp. After you’ve finished your list (although I don’t think a bucket list is ever really finished) pick a few items and use those as your guide to your next big adventure! Include your kids! Let them write (or have you write) down their own bucket list. Your kids will love brainstorming with you and might even inspire a few new items to your list.
Remember zoning out during History class in highschool and entering into a world of fantasy? Set a timer for 10 minutes, find a quiet place to sit or lay down, and let yourself enter into your perfect vacation day dream. What does it smell like? What does it taste like? What do you see and hear? The more detailed the better! After 10 minutes write down what you imagined and find a place that fits the major aspects of your day dream.
Go Back to Childhood:
Even if you’re not big on dreaming now, I bet there was a time when you were. Think back to when you were a kid. What kind of things did you hope to experience then? Let that be your starting point and expand from those ideas.
If you’re having a hard time coming up with your own ideas, let others inspire you! Google “dream vacation” or search Pinterest for vacation ideas.
Your big adventure is waiting for you! After you’ve gotten really clear on what it is you want you can now pick a destination!