I, for one, am here to welcome 2017’s arrival with open arms. And chances are you, like me, have some big, over-the-top goals for this year. (Mine? Be completely out of debt – student loans, car payments, ALL OF IT!)
But when you need a little mental break from your big dreams… well, I’d like to give you few easy travel resolutions for 2017 that will make your days a little more adventurous. (Plus, they’re all low-cost so you can meet your budgeting goals and enjoy the world around you!)
Travel to a “foreign” city in your own state
Last year one of my favorite little treasures was the town of Edinburgh, Indiana. Why did I go there (and subsequently discover an absolutely gorgeous nature preserve)? Simply because I liked the idea that I wasn’t going to the “real” Edinburgh in 2016, so I’d do the next best thing.
On my “foreign” Indiana list? Peru, Angola, Morocco, La Paz, Bristol
Visit at least one odd/offbeat festival
I love festivals – they have the ability to bring a city/neighborhood/street to life in a way that just doesn’t happen normally. I missed out on a bunch of cool ones last year for a variety of reasons (laziness), but this year I’m bound and determined to make it to a few. Especially if they’re free!
After just a few minutes searching, I was able to find Pierogi Fest, the Popcorn Festival, and an amateur circus festival – all in Indiana (err, and Nudes-A-Poppin’ which is pretty much exactly the kind of festival it sounds like).
Try to complete 1-2 travel challenges each month
This is the biggest of my own travel resolutions for 2017! The routine of day-to-day life can really be a drag sometimes, amirite? (I wrote a whole post about combating it last year.) To break up the doldrums, consider completing 1-2 travel challenges each month. They get you up, out of the house, and looking at the places you see every day in a different way!
Looking for ideas? Here are some to get you started!
Plan a camping trip with the company of an adventurous audiobook
Full disclosure: I am not a camping person. I do not own a tent or a sleeping bag or really anything that would make camping feasible. However, I do have a car, blankets, and love for big green spaces. No matter what your “camping” looks like, make a plan to sleep under the stars in 2017 with the company of a book that will make you feel like a world-class explorer.
My recs? A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, or the classic The Hobbit. *(affiliate links)
Plan and execute an urban exploring adventure
I realize it’s not everyone’s dream to climb through a hole in the wall of an abandoned property and get dirty, but I’m here to say: it’s really, really fun. I’ve done a lot of exploring all over the world and have yet to get in (too much) trouble. Armed with a camera and a love of history, you’re in for some treats as you explore parts of the world that once were.
Of course the usual disclaimers: wherever you’re planning to go is probably NOT legally open – explore at your own risk.
Take on a time limit adventure
A time limit adventure is simple: set a time limit, then drive/bike/walk as far as you can in any direction for the duration. My favorite is usually a 45 minute or hour aimless drive through back country roads. You’ll see some new, interesting places and – if you’re really lucky – discover a great place for a bite to eat.
Plan an epic walking tour of your neighborhood
I’ve created several of my own walking tours here on the blog (and even showed you how to make your own tour for fun and/or profit):
- Downtown Indianapolis street art walk
- 10,000 steps Indianapolis
- Indianapolis neighborhood tour: Old Northside
Wandering around with some tentative research is one of my favorite ways to get to know a neighborhood better; too often we pass by neat spots if we just whiz by in a car on the daily. One of my own blog goals for 2017 is to create more accessible walking tours for my favorite Indy neighborhoods.
Create an ongoing “to-do” travel list
I talked a lot about my adventure list last year, and I still maintain that the best way to add more travel into your daily life is by keeping a log of all the places you want to visit. Without an easily available list of things, I guarantee you’ll find yourself in the same old “ugh, I don’t know what to do” trap we fall into so easily!
Your turn! Shoot: in the comments please give me and Let’s Love Local readers some more awesome travel resolutions for 2017!