For many people, a new year means a fresh start. So many people make New Years Resolutions only to break them a few weeks into the New Year. Personally I’m not one to make New Years Resolutions, given my tendency to lose touch with them after a few weeks or months. Instead of setting myself up to fail this year, I thought I’d try something different and set some goals for myself instead. Maybe by having a tangible end-point in mind, I might be able to accomplish something this year that I’ve been aching to do but just haven’t found it in me to pull off. And by waiting a few weeks into 2016 and putting some deep thought into these goals before actually committing to them, I’m hoping that I will actually work towards tackling them instead of the usual try it out for a week and then give up routine that I fall into.
Okay, so what does this have to do with travel? Well, along with my short stack of personal well-being goals, I’ve also set a few travel goals for myself. This year is an incredibly weird year for me (so far) in that I don’t actually have my travels for the year already laid out and booked. I’m ordinarily the type who has the trip planned a year in advance with flights booked at the very minimum, 6 months in advance, both of which I haven’t done yet for my big trip for 2016. It’s weird and I really don’t like it. BUT with that said, I have the flexibility to set some different goals to challenge myself while travelling, maybe actually keep those in mind while I’m planning the next big trip and hopefully accomplish something cool while I’m sating the wanderlust in me.
2016 is going to be a big year for me. I’m both extremely nervous and excited to tackle the year ahead and all that it has in store for me. With these goals in mind, I’m really hope that I can push myself outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself to grow as a person this year.
1. Visit 3 new countries
I tend to get into a rut when I travel. I will go to the same place over and over and over again until it’s nearly my second home (see London & Coachella). I’ve got a fairly limited on both my vacation time and budget this year, so I’m hoping that by pushing myself to see 3 new countries, I won’t let myself fall into my usual travel rut.
2. Try some weird local cuisine
This should hardly come as a surprise to my family and friends, but I am one of the world’s weirdest eaters. Seafood is gross, mushrooms make me vomit (actually), onions are okay ONLY if they are on an authentic taco, in an onion ring or minced so finely I can’t notice them in whatever it is I’m eating and please don’t bring game meat near me. This needs to stop! By trying some local delicacy, hopefully I can break these weird eating habits of mine.
3. Get away from the main centers
Don’t get me wrong, I simply adore big cities. But I adore big cities so much that they are all that I’ve seen over the past few years. It’s time to get outside of the big tourist trap centers, see the country and local culture in a smaller context. Hitting up the country while exploring a country sounds like a fantastic change, even if it will be hard to stay away from the main centers.
4. Go somewhere unexpected
I’ve got a fairly straightforward list of cities and countries that are not on my Must-See-Next list. But as I tend to be, I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut here as well. And by that I mean, I’ve fallen into the Europe rut. Don’t get me wrong, Europe is awesome (thus why it is mostly dominating my Must-See-Next list) but I really need to start checking out bits of the world outside of Europe and the States. So, I want to check out a country that is not very high-up on my list, if it has made the cut at all.
5. Focus on travel photography
Slowly but surely I have been getting more acquainted with photography over the past couple of years, but I’ve yet to really focus on taking quality photographs while I travel. Instead, I rely on my wonderful boyfriend to take all of our travel photos. This year I want to change that and start pushing myself to focus more on documenting our trips rather than leaving it all for Ian to handle.
6. Climb a mountain
Okay this one is kind of cheating (or is it?!) since the Rockies are basically in my backyard, but it’s still something that I’m dying to accomplish this year. I think I’ll give myself bonus points if the mountain isn’t part of the Rockies, but a different (but equally awesome) range.
Do you have any goals that you have set for yourself this year? Share them below in the comments!