How to Live Life on Vacation: Your Guide to Living Well Every Day

A 4-Part Series — Part 3

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Step 1—Meticulously research your desired destination and know where you are headed in real life too

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Step 2 — Choose your itinerary and set the tone for your trip and your life

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Step 3 — Select details that matter and let go of what doesn’t to free yourself to prioritize and focus more strategically

You can’t see everything at every destination. The places are real and real people live there; they don’t exist only for the tourists. That means there are traffic and expenses and logistics to sort out. You’ll have limitations and constraints not just on the number of things you see, but on how long you can stay at each attraction.

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Step 4 — Make a budget and consider opportunity cost to invest in what matters

Vacations are expensive. You’re still paying for real life — that month’s mortgage, payments, bills and you’re adding on the cost of the vacation, plus eating and logistics on the road. Money, like time, is finite. You’ll have to decide what matters to you and spend accordingly. Is it staying in 4-star hotels, flying first class, skip-the-line VIP passes, and Michelin restaurants? Is it brand-new gear, high-tech luggage, or new sunglasses and swimsuits for every beach? Is it safety and comfort and expertise or off-the-beaten-path adventures and exclusive like-a-local access?

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Step 5 — Get outside of your comfort zone to have new, improved experiences

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Step 6 — Give meaning to your memories and choose exclusively for your benefit

There’s a coaching strategy that widens your perspective. You take a defining moment from your life and think about what it means to you. Then you repeat the exercise, but this time, you examine the time just before the moment and just after and consider the moment with a broader context to shift your perspective.

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