I already shared some of my goals for the upcoming year with you all, so I thought I’d ask some of our staffers and contributors for their new year’s travel resolutions:
My travel resolution is to do something outside my comfort zone. I’ve never traveled alone, believe it or not, and I would like do have a solo adventure. I would also like to poop in the woods. Not that I have a thing for pooping in the woods, but pooping in the woods means I have walked at least a full-day’s distance away from civilization.
1. Since I started a new job this year, I was afraid to use any of my days off in the first six months of the year. This left me with way too many days off for the second half of the year (they don’t roll over) and not really any good time to use them for any big trips. So I ended up taking a lot of long weekends back-to-back and setting up a really bad work schedule for myself at the end of the year. It made my travel time so much more stressful than it should have, so next year I am going to try to do a better job of taking my vacation throughout the year, rather than hoarding days for the end of the year.
2. I hope to run my first race in another country and cross that off my list.
3. Visit one new state and one new country next year.
With my trip to Hawaii coming up in February, I want to see a live volcano for the first time. I’m also going to renew my SCUBA certification (which is underwater travel, so that counts).
I also want this to be the year I FINALLY make it to Paris. Or Ireland. Or back to Italy.
It is my goal to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. The reason? It scares the hell out of me. I think that long out on a trail will force me to meditate. It is my goal to become more introverted and quiet. I think it is the next step in shaping who I am. I think it will give me unshakable confidence. I am not sure when it is going to happen. As they say, go big or go home.
What are your travel resolutions for 2013?