Whether you’re a fan of organizational expert Marie Kondo or not, everyone knows her catchphrase. Kondo encourages “sparking joy” as a way to determine whether or not someone should let go of old clothes, keepsakes and other goods. Her pro tip can be a surprisingly effective way to downsize your way to joy.
Travelers can take inspiration from Kondo’s cornerstone wisdom and filter upcoming travel plans through the concept of whether or not it sparks joy. Here are a few questions to help you figure it out for yourself:
- Does this destination spark joy, or am I just choosing it because it’s a worthy bucket-list trip?
- Will adding this attraction to my travel itinerary spark joy? Or does it feel like something I just have to do?
- Will skimping on a hotel instead of staying in my favorite splurge-worthy place spark joy? Or will I just resent the decision?
- Will spending money on this vacation spark joy? Or should I just indulge in a short getaway and save up for something more satisfying?
When it comes to travel, safety and the basics like food and a place to stay take precedence. Otherwise, you can answer virtually any travel decision by asking yourself if it will spark joy. If the answer is, “Not really,” then your time and resources are likely best spent elsewhere.
Netflix has always been stingy when it comes to content. License agreements prevent it from showing its entire catalogue here in the United States. That just means you get new options when you travel overseas. Check out these great shows next time you’re out of the country.
Apple is one of the most popular brands in the world, coming out with high-end products year after year. One of its popular items is the Apple Watch, now on its fifth generation. You can get the watch in Space Black, Gold, Silver and Space Gray. You can also purchase it in two different sizes.
You’ve booked your flights, you’ve found your hotel, you’ve spent the last six months dreaming about your trip. One problem? You don’t know what to do once you get there. If only there was an app that acted as your own personal tour guide, that led you to the city’s top sights and hidden gems, helping you make remarkable discoveries …
People need a “chance to get some well-needed rest, relaxation and fresh air.” This is a sentiment we all likely share, as does the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. The EC included that phrase when it released its plan to help reopen Europe following the COVID-19 global pandemic. While most EU borders remain closed to international travel until at least mid-June, the EC’s plan starts with inter-Europe travel, and are non-binding recommendations and guidelines. European countries still have the final decision, so travelers are advised to check the restrictions of the countries they plan to visit. According to the EC, “blanket restrictions of free movement are replaced by targeted measures.”