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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?