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Travel Goals For 2015!

January 12, 2015

New Year, New You?

Every year we make an endless list of New Years Resolutions to change and improve our lives. After all, the new year provides a blank slate – an empty book for you to fill with stories of who you want to be and what you want to do.

This year rather than just writing down a list of self-improvement resolutions, I’m setting myself a few travel inspired goals that I hope to achieve throughout the year. There is a whole world full of possibilities and opportunities out there, it’s time to start following dreams. These goals will help accomplish my overall objective of integrating more travel into my life in 2015.

Here are my travel goals for 2015!

Travel Goals For 2015

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1. Visit at least one new country

Ideally I would love to visit more than one new country but we will have to see what the year brings. This year I would like to visit more of Europe, especially the Eastern side. If everything goes to plan, I’m hoping to explore several new countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia. If you have any advice on Eastern Europe, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a link to any of your Eastern Europe posts in the comments.

Travel Goals for 2015


2. Improve my travel photography

This year I aim to be more focused and precise when taking photographs. Instead of taking a million bad photos of the same thing in hope that one of them will be useful, I’m going to take my time to get the perfect shot. I’m considering investing in my first DSLR camera and practising how to use it in manual mode before I go away. I would also like to improve my editing skills.

3. Step outside of my comfort zone

It’s time to take a bigger step outside of the security of my comfort zone and challenge myself. There’s no better way to do this than by going on my first ever solo adventure! I’ve read so many posts from travel bloggers about how travelling solo changed their lives and gave them new perspectives about the world. Although I’m very intrigued to see how I will find travelling solo and whether I will have the same experiences, I don’t want to travel solo for this reason alone. Honestly, I’m just a little selfish and I’d like to be able to organise my own travels to be exactly what I want without having to worry about compromising with someone else.

Travel Goals For 2015


4. Organise my budget and travel money better

I’m a pretty money conscious person, or in other words; I’m pretty stingy. I always like to get the best deals on accommodation and transport. But sometimes I tend to splurge a little bit on unnecessary items that add up to high amounts – I mean, those silly sugary sweets on those long bus rides do add up! It’s time to watch my spendings and put my money towards the better aspects of travel.

5. Explore more of my own country

I have lived in Australia my whole life, yet I’ve barely scratched the surface of what lies in my own backyard. It’s funny how I often meet people from countries all around the world who have travelled more of Australia than myself. This year I aim to make the most of what surrounds me and recognise that I don’t need to leave my home country in order to travel. For 2015 I’ve set myself the challenge of taking a new trip every month – that way I’ll hopefully see more of my own country and discover new places along the way. These trips don’t necessarily have to be ‘big’ trips, they could be trips like – going for a day trip down the coast, exploring a new hiking trail or going interstate or just to a different side of town.

Travel Goals For 2015


6. Attempt to learn a new language

Every year I convince myself that by the end of the year I will be fluent in a new language. It’s probably not very likely that I will miraculously be fluent in a year but I can at least give it a shot! I’ve always wanted to learn Spanish, so I’m going to try and teach myself some new words and phrases over the next year. I don’t particularly want to go to language school, instead I’m going to teach myself through other means.

7. Stop overpacking

I know I’m definitely not the only traveller with this problem! Hopefully this year I’ll finally pack only necessary items that I will actually use, rather than trying to fit as much into my bag as possible! No more “what if…”, no more spending forever trying to get my bag closed, and no more lugging around a ridiculously heavy bag (at least at the start of trip anyway). I would like to invest in a few basic outfits that can be mixed and matched to wear everyday while on the road.

Travel Goals For 2015


8. Be more open to new experiences and people

I need to stop letting my assumptions get in the way of experiencing new things. This starts off by keeping an open mind about everything – people, places, culture, and so on. I would love to develop a better understanding about different countries and the world around me, and get more involved in the traditions of those countries. And of course, being open to new things means trying interesting foreign foods!

9. Learn how to travel hack

I always hear crazy stories about people who have never paid for a flight or always get ridiculously cheap flights – all from travel hacking. To be honest, I have no idea how to do this and don’t even have a frequent flyers account (shocking right?). Plenty of travel bloggers write how-to guides on travel hacking, so it’s time to do some research and make the most of travel points and free miles!

Travel Goals For 2015

10. Learn something new in every place

This is probably my favourite travel goal for 2015. I plan to learn something new in each and every place that I go to. From learning how to speak phrases of a new language, to learning how to cook a delicious dish, to learning facts about the history, to learning the traditions of the local people. I’m never going to stop learning!

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 What are your travel goals for 2015? How are you going to achieve them?

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  • Reply Bec January 12, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Awesome post! Those are some really cool travel goals to have, very inspiring! I definitely want to visit a new country, continue learning a new language, work on my photography skills and explore more of Australia. Completely agree how we live in this beautiful country yet we haven’t seen much of it! Looking forward to reading about where your travels take you!

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 14, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks Bec! It’s nice to see that some of our travel goals overlap! Looking forward to reading about how you achieve them over the next year! 🙂 x

  • Reply Yvonnelaura January 12, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Great list!

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 14, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks Yvonne Laura! 🙂

  • Reply Ashley January 13, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Great (attainable) list! I always think I can learn a language too. It takes a lot of time and dedication!

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 14, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks Ashley! We will get there one day! 😛 x

  • Reply Ashlea Wheeler January 13, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I think travel hacking is not nearly as easy for Australians as it is for our friends in the US, unfortunately we don’t get the same kind of deals on credit cards and points are much harder to build up. But let me know how you go with it as I’d be very curious to see what you find!

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 14, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      I know, it’s such a bummer! I’m definitely going to do a bit of researching and see what I can find. I’ll let you know if I find anything interesting or any good deals 🙂 x

  • Reply Susanne January 13, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Out of the countries you mentioned, I’d recommend Slovenia, it’s a tiny little country, that people sometimes forget about, but it’s beautiful. On the other hand, it’s definitely the most ”western” country out of the former Yugoslavia… so not THAT adventurous, if you are looking for ”trouble” haha

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion Susan! I’ve seen so many photos of Slovenia and it looks absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to get there 🙂 x

  • Reply Lizzie January 14, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    These are some great goals! Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia are amazing and you will absolutely love them – I have lots of posts about Slovenia and Romania on my blog 🙂 Stepping out of my comfort zone is always on my list every year… I think it’s good to shake things up every now and again. I’m also trying to learn a new language (well, trying to continue learning Spanish). I’m hoping this is the year I can finally have a lengthy conversation with a native without completely freaking out!

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 18, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      I can’t wait to visit those countries, beyond excited! I will make sure I read up on them on your blog 🙂 I completely agree, it definitely brings more excitement into the mix. Sounds great Lizzie, you can do it! Let me know how you go achieving this! 🙂

  • Reply De'Jav January 15, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Nice list with achievable plans. My goals for 2015 are travel somewhere every 3 months either abroad or within Australia, learn about a new culture, and try new foods.

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      You have some great goals too De’Jav! I hope you have a great 2015 and achieve everything you hope to! 🙂

  • Reply Gina January 15, 2015 at 7:29 am

    These are such fun goals! I would love to be able to travel more! an’t wait to read and see pictures of your awesome travels!!

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 18, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks Gina! Yes, travelling more is always on my list of goals for the year! Hope you have some incredible adventures this year! 🙂

  • Reply Holly January 16, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    I love that your travel goals are more generic than just which countries you want to visit. I overpack too, really need to work on that!

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 18, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks Holly! I think sometimes it’s better to have broader travel goals to achieve rather than specific – because a lot can change in a year. Also, it means that other people can get ideas for their own goals as well! 🙂 Let me know how you go with packing lighter, it’s something I struggle with 😛

  • Reply Vera January 17, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Those are great travel goals, and I sincerely hope you can achieve them all! I love learning new languages and new random things when I travel, too! have a wonderful year! With love,

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you Vera! I hope you have a wonderful year too! 🙂

  • Reply leah@KidBucketList January 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Your Travel goals are fantastic. I think I can steal them all!!

    Eastern Europe is somewhere I would love to visit as a whole family. My husband has spent a lot of time in Macedonia so I would love to explore the Balkans. I’ll be watching your blog with updates on that goal!

    Travel hacking? I want to hear more about that!! Imagine not paying for airfares! Woah – I’m in for that, it’s probably our biggest expense.


    • Reply Kelly Ross January 18, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you! Yes, go ahead! 😛

      That sounds great Leah! I hope you get to visit the Balkans with the family! I’ll be sure to keep an eye on your blog and what’s happening with your travels too.

      I know, right?! We really need to get in on this travel hacking, don’t we?! Better start reading those posts and books about it! 😛

  • Reply Claire (@Kurea_San) January 18, 2015 at 2:35 am

    I can’t recommend Lithuania enough if you are heading to Eastern Europe. Vilnius, the capital is ultra hip and pretty much a no-tourist zone hidden gem. Good luck on your travel goals this year. Mine is just to travel more and more and more…

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 18, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Lithuania sounds like my kind of place! And you’re right about it being mostly a hidden gem at the moment, it’s very rare that I see another travel blogger post about it. So if you see someone reading through all of your Lithuania posts, that’s probably me! Thanks Claire. All the best for your travels this year too! x

  • Reply Stacey January 19, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Such a great list of goals! Like you my goal is to get as much travel as possible incorporated in 2015. I’m also focusing on being intentional this year with planning my trips to help me achieve my lifetime travel goals. Not to say that I won’t take a spontaneous trip or anything but if I’m visiting a particular place I’ll definitely be checking to see if there are any UNESCO sites in the area to work towards that goal. What a shame it would be to be only a few miles from a place and not realize it was on the list until I got home!

    Your goal to explore your home country by taking a trip every month reminds me of a travel challenge I read about last year and have put on my list this year- #Take12Trips which I originally found on a blog called “Need Another Holiday”. I thought you might be interested it that so thought I’d pass it along. 🙂

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      I just had a read of your post about your travel goals. Such great ideas and an interesting way measuring your travels! Yes, I definitely need to start researching about UNESCO sites before I go away. A few times I have gone to certain cities, and only found out that there was a beautiful hidden site just around the corner!

      That #Take12Trips essentially puts into words exactly what I want to achieve this year! Thanks for sharing it with me. I will keep an eye on that blog and the hashtag, and hopefully it will give me some more ideas of different ‘trips’ to take each month! 🙂

  • Reply Irene January 22, 2015 at 5:09 am

    I really like your list of travel goals – wish I could learn some travel hacking myself to stretch out my travel budget 🙂

    I’d also like to visit at least one new country this year. And every year! And improving my photography skills is always a work in process … Good luck with your goals in 2015 and learning Spanish. Mucha suerte!

    • Reply Kelly Ross January 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Sounds like your travel goals are similar to mine! Good luck with yours too! Muchas gracias! 🙂

  • Reply Talia January 28, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    2, 3, and 5 are on my list too, but I don’t think I’ll actually get to do 3 for a looong time. Not while I still have babies anway! Does a trip interstate count?!

    Thanks for linking up with #wanderlust. 🙂 Our next one is on the 4th Feb if you’re keen!

    • Reply Kelly Ross February 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      I’m sure you will make it work Talia! And yes, it definitely counts!!
      Looking forward to it 🙂 x

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  • Reply Nicola February 8, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Such a great article! So great to actually set out your goals, makes its so much more feasible when its there in front of you. Looking forward to watching your journey! Love N x

    • Reply Kelly Ross February 10, 2015 at 12:08 am

      Thank you Nicola! Definitely agree. I’m looking forward to achieving each of these goals over the year (hopefully!) 🙂 Happy travels x

  • Reply Alexandria March 8, 2015 at 5:42 am

    I have to say that I have ALL the same goals. I’m attempting Italian! I really need to work on getting out of my comfort zones, I’m an introvert and leaving what I know is very stressful for me!

    • Reply Kelly Ross March 17, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      How are you going with achieving them Alexandria? 🙂 I’m still struggling on the language part!

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