Now that we’re in the heart of the summer travel season, we thought it might be worth taking a step back and exploring what travel expert and advocate, Christopher Elliot refers to as “the art of travel”. In his column, exploring how to master the art of travel, Elliot offers some great insight into key factors that can help bring joy to your next Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) getaway. Every New England romantic getaway needs to incorporate a few key features and attitudes to insure you get the most from these 12 New England inns.
Perhaps it’s your parents who’ll actually decide whether you get more or less from your travel experiences, theorizes Elliott. “Consider the DRD4-7R gene, sometimes referred to as the “wanderlust gene” says Elliott. “Curio Collection by Hilton recently tested 30 frequent traveling social media influencers for the gene to evaluate the role curiosity plays in travel and found nine of them had the DRD4-7R allele — about one and a half times the national average,” he tells travelers.
Put the Cell Phone Down
First and foremost, the key to success on your next DINE getaway is to leave the cares of the world behind. Put the cell phone down and focus on the experience around you – the wonderful hospitality, the fabulous food which you don’t have to prepare or clean up, and the chance to relax. Really relax. Your cell phone is your connection to the everyday concerns – of politics, jobs and family. Tell everyone you’ll be unplugged, give them the number of the inn where they can reach you ONLY in an emergency, then don’t pick up the phone again until it’s time to leave. You’ll be amazed at how refreshed and relaxed you’re able to be without the cares of the world pinging in every few minutes.
Use the tactic of travel to get closer to the one you love. If you can’t travel with the one you love, love the one you’re with, and find a great friend with whom you can share the experiences. Just make sure it’s someone you’re comfortable sharing a room, a meal and/or your time with. You’ll find that having a partner to share the experiences, to dine with, and to share the thrill of a zip line or the beauty of a sunset will enhance the experience both during the event and in the nostalgia shared afterward.
Be curious and open
Travel should take you out of your comfort zone, just a little. Allow your travels to help you push the envelope. Try new experiences, new foods, and meet new people. These are the prizes travel brings. You live by a schedule throughout your daily routine. Leave that routine behind and be spur-of-the-moment. You’ll be amazed at how exhilarating new experiences can be. They’ll add joy, confidence, and help you become a master traveler.
Master the art of travel at these 12 Distinctive Inns of New England. at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking below on links that will take you directly to each of their websites.
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