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Here's How To Make Your Travel Dreams Come True, According To Derek Hough


Traveling is the perfect way to discover yourself and explore the world around you.

I've been to my fair share of places, but there are still so many destinations I plan to visit in the future.

It feels like every day I open up Instagram and see a friend taking awesome photos on top of a mountain, surrounded by a beautiful sunset, staring out into the abyss, contemplating his or her existence.

You see, I'm at a point in life where my wanderlust is at its peak. I want to be that person on top of the mountain, surrounded by a sunset, contemplating my existence.

But how do I get there? How do I make my travel dreams a reality?

Well, my fellow travelers, I have answers. I sat down with Derek Hough from "Dancing With The Stars" and "Nashville," and he enlightened me on how he's used visualization to go from being a dreamer to a doer.

Derek partnered with Hilton hotels to work on the Our Stage. Your Story. campaign, which aims to help people go from dreaming about travel to actually booking. He laid out some key steps for travelers to take to reach their goals.

1. Visualize the prize.

As a dancer, Derek explained he uses visualization in everything he does. He said,

By helping his dance partners picture their goals, they're able to see beyond their limits and realize their true potential.

The same logic can be applied to traveling. When you visualize where you want to go and picture yourself in a specific destination, it makes achieving that dream much easier.

2. Create something tangible to motivate you.

Derek explained when you're dreaming of traveling, it's really just a dream. In order to make those thoughts real and achievable, you need to write them down and begin to create something that can keep you inspired to reach your goal.

That's where Our Stage. Your Story. comes in. Derek explained,

The website provides photos for different destinations that match up with each location. It becomes a way not only to stay organized but to have a vision board where you can plan your excursions and adventures for each trip you take.

3. Simplify.

Derek shared that the site is simple and extremely easy to use. He discussed the importance of simplicity during this process because it can get overwhelming once things start to feel complex.  He told me,

Our Stage. Our Story. allows travelers to access resources and images without necessarily having to look for them. It's an easy way to find locations and create experiences that you never even knew were possible.

4. Have a clear idea and be specific.

Derek believes "clarity equals power." He says having a clear vision and being specific will allow you to be much more efficient with your planning. He said,

He added,

5. Don't be afraid. Dream big.

Although Derek's already traveled the world, he still has big dreams and isn't afraid to plan his next adventure.

He's been everywhere from Australia to Hong Kong and has no plans of stopping. He shared,

But even if you're new to traveling or feel like your dreams are out of reach, Derek has a message for you:

6. No matter what, stay connected to nature.

Derek explains it's important to take the time to remove yourself from technology and just experience the world for what it is.

He told me,

Even if a big luxurious trip isn't in your future, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors and create affordable, meaningful trips. He added,

If you're getting ready to plan your next adventure, be sure to check out Our Stage. Your Story. to build your perfect travel experience. You can also use the hashtag #HiltonStory to see other people's trips for even more inspiration.

Safe travels, everybody!