The Wild Pair

The Joys Of Foreplay

In Adventure Travel, Travel Tips & Advice on February 22, 2008 at 7:09 pm

TIPS FROM THE WILD PAIR


1) IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

You don’t need candles or low lights or glam lingerie from Victoria’s Secret. You do need to carve out a few moments to dream about your upcoming trip, or contemplate a trip you’d like to take but haven’t booked yet. If you’re in the former category, what would make it the trip of a lifetime? Would it be the thrill of rushing whitewater on a rafting trip? Catching your first glimpse of a lioness in nature? Hiking to Machu Picchu in the early morning mists? Meeting a Masai warrior? Dining in front of a picture window with Paris spread out before you? Picture it for a long moment. Relish it. Add as many imaginary details as you can. If you’re in the latter category and haven’t yet booked a trip, first do the dreaming and then do the booking.

2) SEIZE THE MOMENT

Very often, in love making, if you wait for the right moment, life intervenes and the moment passes. The same is true of travel. Why postpone a trip until you get a raise or the kids are grown or you’ve upgraded the kitchen again? The perfect moment may never arrive, and the world will evolve without your having seen it. If you’re asking the question: “When is the best time to travel?” the answer is “Now.”

3) PREPARATION FOR THE TRAVEL ACT

You may belong to an online community. If so, you have a group of linked-in people with valuable experience and input. Tell them where you are thinking of going, and ask for their suggestions. Or post the kind of vacation you’d like, and see who has ideas. This is very stimulating and increases pre-trip excitement. And most folks LOVE to be consulted as experts.

4) CLEARING YOUR MIND

There are probably dozens of things that keep you up at night and make you frown during the day. If you are worrying about them, there’s no brain room to think about your upcoming trip. Go to your local bookstore, library, or hit Amazon or another bookseller online. Find at least one book about your destination. It can be a novel, a literary book about someone’s voyage, even a guide book. Crack it open and start to read. Watch how fast your other concerns recede. Bet you won’t read just one!

5) THE SAFETY NET

Researching your trip is different from reading a book. The latter encourages dreaming. You can put a book down in your lap and doze off. You can set it on your nightstand, so it’s the last thing you see before the sandman and the first thing you see before dressing for work. The net is great for information and ideas…..but nothing replaces a bound volume held in your hands.

6) THE EYES HAVE IT

Travel is a feast for the eyes, and films are travel foreplay. You can rent documentaries about your future trip, or you can rent films that take place in the destination you are heading for. If there are independent video stores where you live, the people behind the desk are a great source of information. Most of them don’t get to travel the way you do, but they are often film nerds and can direct you to the right films. Strike up a conversation with other customers in the store. Ask Mr. Google to come up with films about your destination. And then, settle back and enjoy an imaginary trip before your real one.

7) THE WAY TO A GREAT TRIP IS THROUGH YOUR STOMACH

If you are heading for Mexico, go to a fave local Mexican restaurant. If your destination is Thailand, eat Thai. It will put your stomach in the mood for your trip…and also give you a basis of comparison after your voyage. You’ll be an authority when you say, “It was better in Africa…or the Amazon….or Armenia.”

8) FRIENDS WHO HAVE BEEN THERE

If you know folks who have already been to where you are going, ask if you can visit them and look at their photos. If they are good friends, you won’t have to look at all of them. If they are your best friends, you can tell them you’d like them to go a little faster. But do not underestimate how many good ideas your friends’ photos can generate. They’ll help you decide which sites you must see and which ones you can skip. They’ll give you ideas for extending your trip or flying out a day or two early.

9) PLAN A PARTY FOR WHEN YOU GET BACK

Sure, your desk and desktop will be a mess when you come back. Your fridge will be empty and something will need repair or replacement. That’s why a lot of folks get blue when they come back home. Plan in advance to invite friends over to look at pictures, taste food you’ve brought back, hear about your adventures. You can tell your buddies there will be a party, even if you don’t set the date. After the excitement of your trip, they’ll all want to know…”How was it for you?”

10) LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Travelers are people who LOVE travel. It’s no more logical than love is. Indulge in your love of travel. Travel every chance you get. With a little foreplay, it will be great for your heart, mind and soul. And, between us, even if you can’t do the foreplay, enjoy the act itself.

BON VOYAGE and love from The Wild Pair.

ABOUT THE WILD PAIR: Ellen Barone and Judith Fein,

They’re smart, sassy, savvy, award-winning travel journalists and photographers and now they’ve joined forces to become THE WILD PAIR, bringing you cutting-edge information and tips on how to turn your next vacation into a life-enhancing experience.

© Ellen Barone and Judith Fein. All Rights Reserved.

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