I’m also not a huge resolution setter because I know myself: if I’m not under deadline, I probably won’t do something I don’t want to do. That’s just the way I am.
So what’s a girl to do?
My wide, non-specific goal for 2016: see more of the world
While I’d love for that to include my dream road trip through the former USSR (that’s actually my potential 30th birthday gift to myself), it more likely means that I’ll be seeing a lot more of the Midwest. And if that sounds kind of depressing to you (or to me, let’s be honest) – it’s not! I spent 2014 whirling through 11 countries and 2015 bringing a whole different human into the USA. 2016 can be a year of seeing the world without changing continents!
Here’s how I’m going to do it.
Keep a running list of everywhere I want to goAs I mentioned before, I’ve been using an uber-helpful tracking system over the past few months for not only daily life but future adventures. I’ll talk about it further later this week, but one of the best layouts I’ve created is a chart that contains a running list of everywhere I want to visit. If you’re not big on pen and paper, even a simple Google Doc or Evernote entry that you update and reference periodically can be a great reminder and motivator for cool places or events you’d like to check out.
From my own personal experience, I’ve found that it’s incredibly easy to scroll through the internet, find something cool you want to do, and then completely forget about it. The only way you’ll remember it is when you see cool pictures from the event, after the fact. That’s the worst and when you’re struggling with enjoying local because you can’t travel, missing something cool can make you even less inclined to get out and do something in the future.
Let’s fight missing out (and our terribly memories!) in 2016.
So in the upcoming year I’m going to make a concerted effort to log my travel ideas more faithfully in the hope that I’ll actually use my research more fully in the space I’ve carved out for local travel adventures.
Use every moment of free time wiselyI’m really going to kick prioritizing exploring in my free time throughout the upcoming year and I have a really great method to do so which I’ll introduce later this week – stay tuned! I wrote earlier that the most critical action to take in order to enjoy being at home is to treat free time like adventure time or else you’ll quickly fall into the habit of sitting at home, being bored.
One I have an official schedule set for my new full time job and my freelancing work, I will not only be blocking out specific anti-internet times to get out and do something new as well as committing to several other actions that will have me out the door more often as not.
I don’t want 2016 to become a blur of work-home-work-home just because I’m settled in one safe-feeling place like Indianapolis. Let’s keep things spicy!
Utilize every resource available to get it done
Traveling can get expensive, even when you’re traveling close to home (trust me, those flights of locally-brewed goodness don’t come super cheap!) so I’ve decided to become more dedicated to getting the most out of my money. One of the big ways I did that in the last year or so is by getting a credit card that gave me miles on everything I purchased.
Actually, I took on this sponsored post because I not only have a Capital One Venture Card but have used the miles with great result in the past year. Even used by someone like my husband and I who rarely rack up more than a few hundred dollars each month, we’ve found that the miles add up pretty quickly. (Last year was a banner year, though, considering we put all of our travel and green card expenses on it!)
What I like most of all is that we can decide when, where and how we want to use our miles. Capital One tells me they’re redeemable on any travel-related expense – from flights to hotel stays, cruises and Uber rides. We’ve used them for Uber, partial plane tickets, and even a bit of cash when we needed it!
In 2016 I’d like to get more out of the card (AKA not be afraid to put money on a credit card when I know we can pay it back) and find other methods of getting my money’s worth of every penny I spend!
So that’s it, my very simple, easy-to-achieve-because-it’s-so-vague goal for 2016: see the world. While I don’t like to rush time, I have to say that I’m excited for the upcoming year and every opportunity I’ll have to travel, whether near or far… aren’t you?
What are your travel-related goals for 2016? Got your eye on a specific country or just a general resolve to get out of the house more?
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