Keep dreaming and make the most of your travel plans | Powell’s Trips

The past few months have been tough, especially when you’re talking about travel. However, I have big plans for 2022, and I think I have some great ideas to make sure I’m going somewhere, even if all of my travel ideas don’t work out.

My family and I planned some unsuccessful trips for 2021, but we were lucky to have the opportunity to go on some adventures. We had some day hikes in the Ontario parks and Ontario conservation areas, we went to New Brunswick for a few days, and best of all, we had an amazing trip to Nova Scotia that was fantastic from start to finish.

We spent 10 days on our first big adventure in the province, and it’s a destination I would highly recommend to anyone looking to experience more of Canada next year. The county is so beautiful, the people are so charming, and the food is amazing.

What I love about traveling in Canada right now is that it’s so much easier than international travel, and most of us probably haven’t seen all that much of the country.

On the hopeful side of things, looking outside of Canada, my wife and I are planning a much-anticipated trip to Switzerland in the fall, and we have a Disney cruise that we just can’t wait to see, especially since we’ve already moved twice. We’ll have to see how that works, but those are our main plans for now.

All this is because travel plans for 2022 must be flexible. We don’t really know what the year has in store for us, and while many signs point to travel opening again, I think the most important things to keep in mind are having options to change or move any plans.

Keep your plans flexible

Nova Scotia

First of all, when booking flights for any upcoming flight, make sure that tickets can be changed, or that you can cancel them completely. With Air Canada, for example, the Flex rate can be changed even on the same day you booked travel, but Air Canada is also offering one free change now also at that price. This policy may change though, so it’s worth making sure you know your options when you book.

For hotel stays, depending on where you’re booking, you can usually cancel up to a few days before you travel. I recommend making a note in advance of any specific cancellation dates or requirements, so you don’t end up paying for a stay you can no longer afford. When in doubt, be sure to read the fine print before booking your hotel stay, or contact the hotel to confirm their rules.

I usually add important dates like this to my calendar, so I get reminders on those important days.

Finally, when you’re planning a great itinerary, you can always keep these notes and schedule them on the road if you can’t make that trip at the time you planned. I love planning trips, so it’s a fun way to stay optimistic and prepare for the days you’ll travel again.

Use a notebook to write down your notes on every trip you want to take, or jot all of your notes in a Word or Excel document so you can always update them when it’s time to book.

Plan some alternatives

Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario
Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario

The other part of being flexible is coming up with alternative ideas in case things don’t work out. For 2022, my wife and I are planning some backup ideas that we can explore if we can’t or don’t want to travel outside of Canada.

Within Ontario, we’ll be booking a camping trip that we can easily cancel, and I’d like to look at trip ideas for Quebec, perhaps even Alberta or British Columbia, if we need some other Canadian destinations. There’s a conference in Nova Scotia I’m looking forward to as well, so I hope to end up again in Nova Scotia for a while as well.

If travel to the United States is going to work, we have plenty of ideas for road trips that would be great throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Pennsylvania. We also have potential plans to travel to Florida, or maybe California, but time will tell.

What I love about it is that we often get confused trying to decide which countries or places we want to explore next, and don’t always think of great ideas for nearby trips. This is a great time to take that road trip and explore your own backyard, or nearby.

keep dreaming

Tulum, Mexico
Tulum, Mexico

That’s what I think is the most important part in the end: planning travel ideas and being optimistic about the future. In other words, keep dreaming!

I’m an optimist, so maybe it’s easier, but dreaming about traveling makes me happy. I like to think ahead and come up with ideas.

Planning trips in advance is great, and it’s a great way to stay positive when the future is uncertain. My wife and I often watch travel videos on YouTube for inspiration. Kara and Nate have some great videos, and for Canadian inspiration, Arienne and SeeYouSoonTravel share some great ideas. And of course I share some travel videos too.

Just remember that nothing will be set in rock for a while, so plan your trips, get some backup plans ready, and when you’re on your way, savor every minute of it.

Need some travel ideas? Here are some of my favourites:

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