When my husband and I went on our honeymoon, we knew we’d be gone almost 4 weeks. (What can I say—I love to travel!) Four weeks is a loooong time, especially when you’ve got it jam-packed with hiking, biking, river rafting, museums, etc. I knew from the start I wanted to keep track of this epic trip—the trip that would (dramatic pause) define our marriage. That’s how honeymoons work, right?
As part of our packing preparations, I picked up a journal from our local bookstore.
The pages are that aged cream color I imagine matches 19th century explorers’ own journals. It’s filled with inspirational travel quotes. And, what I think just kicks this journal up a notch, it has a magnetic cover to keep your journal securely closed. I almost didn’t want to write in it, it was so beautiful.
But write in it I did, and not nearly enough. My husband and I have gone on three major trips since we’ve been married: our honeymoon, Folly Beach with his family that led into our first anniversary trip to a B&B in North Carolina, and a week-long trip to visit friends in San Diego. Our honeymoon made it into the journal. Folly Beach half-made it. And, alas, San Diego did not make it at all.
Fellow Traveler, have you noticed that the whole of January seems to be geared towards self-improvement? You got your gym specials, your blog posts on resolutions, your newly-purchased diet books. But self-improvement is so often restricted to only improving your physical health. You and I both know that you’re more than just a body.
So, have you given thought to how you’re going to improve your mental & emotional health this year? Have you even sat down and determined your values, bro? How are you supposed to improve your mental & emotional health if your actions aren’t aligning with your values? I suspect that if you’re reading this blog, an important value to you is sustainability. You’ve probably worked towards sustainability in some aspects of your life: how you buy your food, maybe even how you buy your clothes. But have you thought about sustainable travel?
Rethinking the way you travel will not only have the obvious environmental benefits, but also unexpected personal benefits that range from fluffy, fun-loving reasons to deeper, more meaningful reasons.
Without further ado, here are four of the most important reasons you should rethink your travel:
I intended to have this post written a week ago, but 2016 has been a jerk, so please forgive the lateness.
When I was 8, I loved making New Year’s Resolutions. But now that I’m older, I realize that real change isn’t dependent on the start of the year. Nevertheless, I’ve come up with three travel resolutions I’ve been thinking about for a while and can finally articulate.
Travel Resolution #1: No More Bucket Lists