Does Planning Future Travel Fend off the Pandemic Blues—or Just Make It Worse?

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the article?

https://www.afar.com/magazine/how-planning-future-travel-can-boost-happiness?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=090820%20PlanningTravel&utm_term=Daily%20Wander%20%28Have%20opened%20newsletter%20before%29

For me it absolutely helps fend off the pandemic blues and it gets me excited for those future cruises.

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That sure was a big sample...all 263 of em....and commissioned by who? You think they'd publish an article showing the reverse? but anywho...no, I disagree...living in some dream world in my head fiddling online or with my wife over cruises we can't take, or aren't even on a schedule yet doesn't make me feel better...sure, eventually cruises will return, in some form or other...,and for us thats the 200 bazillion $$ question...if its so radically different, if they had to remove or dramatically change the very reasons we cruise in order to enjoy...well then, at the risk of blasphemy, you can keep it. Gonna be an interesting thread tho!!!!

Like everything else in this world, it depends on the individual. For me, yes. Planning and dreaming of a vacation brings me happiness. I have always been that way. When things get cancelled, I get back on the planning "horse" for the next adventure. I few years ago I found a fantastic adventure because of such dreaming. We call it our trifecta. We went to the Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) outside of Houston the weekend before Halloween (Halloween was on Friday that year), got on a cruise ship (sailed out of Houston because Galveston was still closed after the hurricane) on Monday, disembarked on Saturday morning and went back to TRF for the weekend. Gave us great costumes for the Halloween costume contest.

I have to get into the I agree line up on this one. The booking and planning give some semblance of normalcy and once booked something to look forward to. It is a real bummer when you have to cancel that but until that time it is a bit of a lift.

Hmm... Interesting? As I have stated a number of times, we are going to be living in a much different world. What is and what will be is still evolving.

Fends them off - its planning for an enjoyable future

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I have always enjoyed planning vacations, especially the cruises. I always look forward to them, regardless of how far in the future they are, once they are booked. It always amazes me how many hours I can spend looking at cruise line websites. Before I know it, it's time to leave work and go home! Big Smile

About a thousand years ago I used to be an absolute expert on filling the hours between starting and going home..very little of it had anything to do with what they were paying me to do. aaaahhh memories!!! heheheheh..I used to spend alot of it "exploring" cruising...then, we finally had the time and resources to do it as we pleased, and wallow in the addiction......then, it was...umm..."taken away"..and, given the cancellation game and the "up in the air" rules and resumption schedules and on and on, it isn't my fav subject to daydream about, at least at the moment. Got one pending that's about to "go away"...in the real world, its almost embarassing to be debating THIS, when most folks have a hard enough time keeping the wolf away from the door...

It helps me keep things in perspective since I work the front lines of the virus.

Love the planning and the dreaming! And absolutely need to have our next trip (or five!) already booked! Big Smile

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