Having an Adventure Mindset can change everything! – At long last, we are able to travel in 2022, relatively easily. Although, nobody loves standing in long security lines. Not to mention, I don’t know one person who is thrilled that most airline seats only recline about four inches. If you’re lucky!
But I do know people who love to travel, not just when they arrive at their resort or hotel. I know people who almost always have a great flight, no matter what. I’ve talked to people whose trips got rained out, who missed connecting flights, who got lost, or who even had passports stolen. Yet, when I ask them how their trip was, they smile and say, “It was great!” and proceed to tell me the full exciting tale.
So what’s their secret? I’ll tell you: they’ve let go of the Perfectionist Mindset and adopted the Adventure Mindset. The difference between these two paradigms changes everything.
The Perfectionist sets unrealistically high expectations for themselves, others, and situations. So, when things don’t go well, they often fall into self-blame or blame others. The Adventurer makes a plan and is prepared. But, is willing to roll with what comes along that might not fit with “The Plan.”
The Perfectionist often avoids risk and only goes with the obvious path in an attempt to avoid “failure.” The Adventurer is less concerned with control. Instead, being more interested in creative approaches and critical thinking when it comes to problem-solving. These days, being flexible and patient are keys to travel in 2022 (and don’t forget SNACKS!).
The Perfectionist focuses on what isn’t working and is often impatient and critical. The Adventurer sees what’s going well and is grateful for it. Often quick to offer appreciation, flexibility, and help in tough situations.
As author and coach Naomi Teeter points out, the Adventurer knows how to ask “quality questions” when faced with a challenge, questions like:
If I’m honest with myself, I know that there are times I fall into the Perfectionist Mindset, in travel, and in life. But I also know that I can choose something different at any moment. I can always choose an attitude of adventure. And as a lifelong traveler, that has made all the difference. Travel in 2022 is different than the past, but with the right mindset, you can have an amazing vacation.
At Gourmet Adventures Travel Co., I craft culinary getaways for travelers who love to eat well and yearn to truly savor the authentic side of their destination. From a river cruise through Provencal wine country to a journey through the heady spice markets and medinas of Morocco, you'll taste your way through the world's most enchanting landscapes.