8 Travel Resolutions for 2016
Happy New Year! Can I still wish that or is there some sort of time limit to these things?
We are already past the first week of the 2016 (how did that happen) and with the passing of time it gives opportunity to reflect on 2015 and pave the way for resolutions for this year. Truth be told I’ve never been great at making or keeping these yearly promises, usually they revolve around sacrificing some facet of fun in my life, cut down alcohol, eat less crisps, go to the gym everyday…blah blah blah, however travel resolutions are completely different.
Travel resolutions are opportunities to gain something for the year, new perspective, new experience, new friends and who doesn’t want that? Anyway, enough chitter-chatter these are Akid’s travel resolution for 2016! May this be the best year ever!
Travel Resolutions 2016
Travel to at least 3 new countries
In the wise words of the Dalai Lama, ‘Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.’ Well I’m not one to go against his Holiness and for me personally I want to build on last ear’ country explorations, scratch another country off the chart and all that! Although I’m fully aware of nomad wisdom that slow travel is the way to go, when you set your targets high, even if you don;t make it you’ll have a hell of a time trying.
Meet MORE people abroad
I can’t communicate to you enough how much fun meeting new people can be, but you surely know that (you socialites you!). It’s incredible that individuals have their own ideas, experiences and personal stories and all it takes is opening up a conversation. I know, I know, sometime you have to break out of your comfort zone, to extend your conversations from beyond the hostel receptionist or shopkeeper, but that’s the beauty of the travelling community! They are always open to make new friends. Who knows you might even meet your new local best friend. It all starts with a ‘Hi!’
Take an electronics sabbatical
When was the last time you completely switched off? No Whatsapp, Snapchat, Twitter. Just slow it all down, relax, people watch, smell the roses and detach from being plugged in. It astonished me what this type of cleanse can do for your mind and your soul.
‘But, but…if you haven’t instagrammed it, did it really happen?’
I promise you yes, yes it does.
Who says that travelling is all about using all your holidays for those intensive (albeit awesome) international trips. The art of travel is to encounter something new and memorable and I bet you wouldn’t think of your hometown as a source of travel inspiration. But step outside your door, see the town with fresh eyes and be a tourist in your own city! If there is really nothing to do in your hometown, how about visiting another city in your country. I expect there are so many places that you haven’t even though of going too and this is a great alternative to international trips whilst still scratching that adventurous itch.
I am lucky enough to have a wonderful girlfriend who loves travel as much as me, so we take every opportunity to explore as much as possible. Last year however, I had the fortune for some solo travel (work-based) and what an experience! Travelling alone throws you into the deep end, to allow you to discover who you are and have your confidence levels boosted beyond measure. This year; do something that scares you, jump on a plane and do it solo.
Get the jist of this haggling business
This might not technically come under travel resolution but it’s definitely a useful skill to have…for which I don’t. Travelling throughout Asia I had to rely on friends to haggle for me (huge shock, horror!). It’s just not natural to ask for 20p off an already cheap shirt in the market! But of course there are obvious perks to perfecting ‘the haggle’ and its something that I’ll master this year.
I have been a part of the couchsurfing community for about 3 years. And when I say ‘part’ I mean the account has been there, which is usually used to peruse events from time to time. Well no more! Although my heart will always go to hostels, this year couchsurf will take centre-fold when opting for places to kip. Nothing like throwing yourself in the deep end right?
Get lost off the beaten path
What do Christopher Columbus, James Cook and Neil Armstrong have in common? They were explorer and pioneers of travel and they sure as heck didn’t follow the tourist trail. Leave those maps at home, turn that GPS off, stand in the city centre, spin till you’re dizzy and just walk. Get lost. Channel your inner adventurer and you’ll be surprised at what you can find which isn’t listed in that free walking tour you’ve heard so much off. The world is made for exploring so get those boots on and go!
What do you think? I would love to hear your ‘travelutions’ and how you intend to get more out of the travelling lifestyle. Let me know on the comments below!
Happy 2016 readers!
What are your resolutions for the year? Do any of our match? Maybe we can do them together! YAY! Let me know what you’re going to accomplish on the boxes below!
‘All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.’
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