With routine travel starting to become a possibility again, it's a good time to plan the best trip you’ve ever taken, down to every last detail.
And while you’re daydreaming about where you’ll go and all you’ll get to see and do, you’re giving yourself the reward of something to really look forward to.
It’s called the trip of a lifetime for a reason
Spontaneous jaunts out of town are often made possible by frequent flier miles or cheap flight deals. And let’s face it: Sometimes we go somewhere because it’s where we’ve always gone or the airline promo was just too good to pass up. Even if jumping on a plane at a moment’s notice isn't really on the table right now, there's a silver lining. Farther out vacations mean more time to plan, more time to save, and more time to get everything in order. And that means you can create a travel itinerary for the ages, a trip you’ll savor for the rest of your life. So what does that look like for you?
Plan it now and your trip will be there waiting for you
With more and more vaccinations every day, it's becoming clear that COVID-19 will have a beginning, a middle, and an end, just like everything else. The city of San Francisco rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake. Chicago recovered after the Great Fire. And let’s not forget that the 1918 pandemic was followed by the raucous Roaring Twenties. To paraphrase Gloria Gaynor, "We will survive." So while we stay smart about our health and the health of others, we can also allow ourselves to focus on—and get excited about—the positive ahead. It might be a good idea to plan a whole year in advance for that big trip on your bucket list. Even though you don’t know what the world will look like a year from now, the uplifting part is that you’ll be ready for what is.
Get started on the things you can do right now
You can do some simple things right away to prepare for your future travel. Make sure your passports are up to date. With our doc scanner, you can save everything digitally, and back it up in Vault—included in Dropbox Family—in case you accidentally leave your passport on a train to Vienna. You can also create a fun, detailed itinerary in Dropbox Paper with inspiring links, pics, and a list of ideas to share with everyone on the trip.
Download useful travel apps
Be ready for the day to day with handy apps that can inform you about the little things you might not think of in advance—but could turn out to be really important. Like, for example, what exactly you should pack for a month-long trip to Europe. The PackPoint app guides you on what to pack based on where you’re going, weather, and activities. If you want the up-to-the-minute, inside scoop on what’s going on where you’re staying, try HeadOut for spontaneous outings and great local deals. And if you’re destined for multiple destinations on your journey, LoungeBuddy can ensure you take your layovers in relaxing stride in the comfiest airport lounges the world over.
And if you’re nervous about losing your travel documents, Dropbox can help you organize them in one place. Store your tickets, itinerary, and more in a Dropbox folder for easy access, no matter where you are.
In the meantime, create a travelogue of past trips
Now’s a great time to document the times you’ve spent and the places you’ve been. With automatic camera uploads, you can back up pics and videos from past trips you took into one place. Simply turn on camera uploads once you’ve downloaded the Dropbox mobile app. You might find that some of those smaller trips you forgot about were actually pretty special, too. You’ll be glad you did it because your next trip will be ready to take its rightful place in the story of your life’s travels.
Push the boundaries to create a dream travel plan
While international travel isn’t a given right now, proactively planning your next getaway most certainly is. And now, a time unlike any other, can give you the mental and emotional space you need to put together an itinerary that actually inspires you. Because let’s be honest, a lot of travel can involve a predictable checklist of tourist destinations and some pretty mundane practical implications. But not this trip: You can reach for the stars, ask for and envision what you truly want, and, eventually, make it all come true.