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Design Your Travel Around Marie Kondo’s Best Advice

by Susan Finch

May 18, 2020

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Tips / Travel

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.


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