Traveling is a Mindset #9: Create a Travel Vision Board

Who says you can’t dream? I believe dreaming about where you want to go sets an intention and opens up the door to get you to your dream destination. Creating a travel vision board is a great way to start the momentum of dreaming and planning for your next adventure. Of course there is the practical side of planning for your dream trip such as money, time and how you will get there, but I’m starting with the dreaming stage here. 

Buy some magazines, or ask friends to save their's and pass them on to you when they are done with them.  Doctors and dental offices are often willing to donate their old magazines as well. In addition you can pick up free travel brochures from travel agents, AAA or create an online dream board on Pinterest.

Once you have some images to sift through see what grabs your attention and focus on those items.  Often times you’ll start to notice a theme.  Perhaps you have no idea where you want to go. Looking at images is very powerful, you will naturally be drawn to the things that excite and interest you. Pay attention, this is a gift from your subconscious, if it excites you pursue it. Cut out the images you are drawn to and paste them on a poster board. Dream big, put as many different places as you would like or fill the board with images of one place you want to go. Follow what you feel. 

A sample of a travel vision board using pictures from various magazines.
Once you have created your vision board place it somewhere that you can see it every day. It’s a great reminder and inspiring. Also you will be amazed at the things that you start to pick up around you that relate to your board. You will often overhear conversations or come across people at social events who have been to the places on your vision board.  It's a great opportunity to chat with people, get suggestions and ask questions to start the ball rolling towards your dream trip, even if it is a year or two into the future. 

Several years ago I created a vision board focused on Thailand and Asia.  I had no idea how I’d get there, who I’d go with or when I would go, I only knew I wanted to go and I would make it happen. About six months after I created the vision board an acquaintance of mine got transferred to Singapore for work on a whim. It opened up a last minute opportunity for me to visit Southeast Asia with a place to stay. I love the power of setting a vision/goal and having it realized serendipitously! I want you to experience this too, so get started!     

Poster board, as big or small as you would like
Inspiring images/magazines/travel brochures
Glue stick

Bonus Tip
You can photocopy your vision board and make a mini laminated version to place in your wallet to keep with you as a reminder.  Not only is it cute but also inspiring.

Do you have examples of when you have set an intention to travel and it miraculously seemed to come together to work in your favor? Know someone who needs some travel inspiration, please share this with them or plan a get together to create your travel vision boards together!

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