How to make up for the lost no-travel” years

With both international and domestic travel coming to a standstill throughout 2020 (and well into 2021), you may have felt that you missed out on some of the best travel years of your life. Maybe you’d saved up all of your work leave for a travel adventure that never happened, or had to postpone a trip that had been lovingly planned to celebrate a milestone birthday.

But there’s no use dwelling on what could have been when the future is yours to grab and the world is ready to welcome you with open arms. It’s time to make up for the lost “no-travel” years the only way we know how – by booking your next trip abroad! Luckily, we’re here to help you get back on the travel train, sooner rather than later and have the perfect Modern Roadtrips for you. 

Be inspired 

If you felt as though life came to a bit of a standstill during the last couple of years, then you’re not alone. But we have good news. The snow-capped mountains of Western Canada are just as awe-inspiring as they were a couple of years ago, while Route 66 will still deliver legendary adventures, just as it has for decades. It’s time to focus on memories and making up for lost time – we encourage you to set your sights on the incredible travel opportunities that lay ahead and start writing your travel “bucket list”.

Book your leave

Even if you don’t know where you want to go or what you want to do, get your leave booked as soon as possible. For workers, it’s the first step in making your travel plans a reality and will give you something to work towards. Having something to look forward to is a great motivator, particularly when life feels a bit mundane. 

Once you have your dates in stone, you can search for travel experiences to suit the season, whether that means seeking out Winter Sunshine in Croatia or experiencing spring in the Wine Country of Bordeaux. If possible, avoid the peak summer season when the rest of the world is on holiday and opt for one of the quieter shoulder seasons. 

Trade in material goods for experiences

For many of us, being stranded at home for the last couple of years has seen an increase in spending on material goods to fill that “experience void”. Perhaps you invested in gym equipment to workout from home (and it’s now gathering dust in a corner) or maybe you started a new hobby that ended up being more short-lived than you intended.

Now is the time to trade in those unused “things” that you have been accumulating and use the funds for travel instead. Maybe you do a complete stocktake of your wardrobe and sell any unworn garments online, or get rid of appliances that you only use once in a blue moon. As part of the process, you’ll create a more focused and minimalist living space at home that gives you greater freedom to live your life the way you really want to.

Book an experience that packs a lot of punch

When it’s time to book your trip, it would be easy to settle for a week on a beach or an organised coach tour spent ticking off sights. But if you want multiple experiences visiting several destinations AND the freedom to explore at your own pace, then you should consider a self-driving modern roadtrip

Imagine waking up each day in a new town or city, with nothing but the wide open road between you and the next one. There’s no rushing to meet train timetables or being stuck on a crowded bus, unable to stop and explore when somethings interests you.

With Modern Roadtrips, you don’t have to do any of the hard work of constructing an itinerary, booking a hire car, or picking accommodation in a long list of villages or cities – which can take hours of your valuable time. You don’t even have to research must-see attractions or little-known destinations, with all of that taken care of. All you have to do is get yourself to the departure point and see where the road takes you.

Ready to hit the road and make up for lost time? Check out our Self-Driving Travel Adventures through Europe, the Americas and Australasia



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