I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions, as I, like most people, usually forget about them about a week after pledging to change something I pledged to change in years past. Most people tend to be unrealistic about them, and once the reality of this hits them, they give it up. I am not immune to this, which is why my 2004 resolution of never making another New Year’s resolution actually worked. However, I do feel that the debut of a new year is a chance for a fresh start, to set goals for myself, change my perspectives, and forget the negatives of the previous year.
Still, I do have an innate need to adhere to rituals, so I set a theme to live by every year. In 2009, it was “ambition”, and which was also the theme for 2010. This year, it’s”growth”. I need a change or two in my life. A big one. Things have stagnated to the point where I feel like I’m in my fifties instead of my mid-twenties. I feel as though I need to grow personally and professionally this year, and by leaps and bounds. I’m not seeking perfection, but something a lot like it. Part of this growth involves having more experiences, and for me, getting out and seeing new places fits the bill perfectly. I like to travel, but always let other things get in the way of going somewhere new and having a new experience, but that’s coming to an end. I’ve made a few travel a priority this year, despite being on a limited budget. I can make it work. 😀
My travel goals for 2011 are quite simple.
In no particular order:
1. Visit NYC. I’ve always been interested in visiting NYC, and kind of like the idea of getting a grad degree at NYU, but I’ve never been. That will change this year.
2. Spend more time abroad. I suspect that one of the reasons I have so much trouble keep my audience entertained is because I don’t have 9,000 photos and stories from my globetrotting exploits like other travel bloggers do, and it kind of hurts the blog. I need to get out beyond America’s borders and experience something foreign. I’m hoping to accomplish this by year’s end. It’s important to me to do these things before I get too old or too busy or lose interest in them altogether. While I like the idea of settling down, finding a nice condo with high vaulted ceilings and French doors, and decorating it with Moroccan-inspired furniture and modern rugs, the fact of the matter is that I have some things I’d like to do first. I’m not ready to settle in one place yet, working a 9-5 that won’t let me travel but once or twice a year. That’s for later in life. I’m very much about experiencing certain things NOW.
3. Visit at least five states, including Alaska and Hawaii. I think this is very doable, being that I currently live in the U.S., and domestic travel is surprisingly afforable right now. I think Alaska and Hawaii will be a little more difficult to do, but I think I can pull it off.
Those are my (travel) goals this for this year. What are yours? Please share in the comments below!