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Trust 30 Challenge: Day 5

The Trust 30 challenge prompt for Day 5 comes from Chris Guillebeau:

If we live truly, we shall see truly.     —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?

Perú: Making It Happen

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I love to travel, and I can think of dozens, maybe hundreds of destinations I’d be happy to visit. But Perú is the place that calls to me the most loudly. I’ve been captivated for years by the idea of seeing the ruins of the Inca and Nazca civilizations and the cities of the Spanish Conquest, of hiking the spectacular mountain landscapes and exploring Amazon jungles.

But there are a lot of sites and activities to choose from, and some of the destinations I’d like to visit require reservations made long in advance. I’ll need to be ready for extremes of climate and geography beyond anything I’ve experienced in Europe or North America until now. It won’t be a cheap trip, and I’ll want to budget plenty of time off from my regular responsibilities. So traveling to Perú will take more research, planning, and budgeting than any of my previous trips.

I’ve already taken the first steps. I bought a guide book, started browsing the web sites of tour companies, and I’ve begun collecting links to things I want to see and do. Most important, I set up “Perú trip” as a formal project in the system I use to manage my time and tasks on a daily basis. I’ve created a long list of “next actions” that lead to the day when I will finally board a plane bound for Lima. The goal of this project is so compelling, though, that I don’t expect to have to push myself very hard to keeping taking action. Collecting information, making plans, setting up a budget, and all the other steps required to make the trip real will be lots of fun in themselves!

Believe me: I will get there.

2 comments to Trust 30 Challenge: Day 5

  • I cannot even post to this question as a single mom I don’t get vacations or travel.
    I think you are going places, I love your blog and you bought a guide book to go to Peru! WOW, impressive.

    • Jackie,

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      I can understand that it’s a mountain of responsibilities to be a single mom. But you’re still entitled to dream and plan and write about what you’ll do some day.

      I bought the guide book a while back, but the Trust 30 prompt pushed me to start making some real plans. When I read it, my first thought was, “Well, the obvious answer is Perú, but I don’t know when, or how I’m going to do it.” But as I thought my way through my own objections—too many more pressing obligations, no time to get away, etc.—it occurred to me that the way to make it happen is to make it a concrete goal. So I put on my official list of projects, and I started brainstorming the next few actions that I’ll need to accomplish. Today, I’ve made a bookmark folder to save web sites about Perú destinations, started a file for my own notes, and started an idea-map to organize the project.

      Realistically, it’ll probably be a year or two before I can set aside the money and the time. (I’m self-employed, so I can take the time off whenever I want—as long as I don’t mind going without income.)

      Anyway, I hope you won’t let the fact that you can’t see a way to do it right now keep you from imagining an answer to the prompt!


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