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
I know, I know. Didn’t I just write a post on the importance of bucket lists a few months ago? It’s true I did, but I, like most humans, have the ability to grow and change my mind. So why the sudden change?
First let me emphasize: there’s no wrong way to travel.
No matter how you travel, you will always be changed in some way—and that’s hugely important. It’s one of the reasons I think travel can change the world!
However, I think a bucket list mindset keeps you from fully enjoying your trip, and it might even keep you from taking risks. Had I, when I went to Paris, only done things I had wanted to check off (Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame), I would have missed the best part: a night cruise down the Seine. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and if I ever get around to scanning my old photos, you’ll get to see it!
Goals are good. Sticking to goals too rigidly is not. I don’t want you to miss out just because something wasn’t on your list!
Travel Resolution #2: Less Air Travel
Reducing air travel is more difficult in general, but especially because I have two trips already planned for this year that require air travel. It’s ironic that just as I’ve gotten more comfortable flying, I’m trying to reduce the amount that I fly because of its negative impact on the environment.
Flying is the worst form of transportation for your carbon footprint.
It’s even worse than driving a car without any passengers.
However, the plus side is that this makes for an exciting planning challenge! And, even more exciting, more train travel! You all know how much I love train travel!
Travel Resolution #3: Interact with People More
I’m an incredibly shy person. (“But Kelsey, you use so many exclamation points online—you can’t be shy!”) It might be hard to believe, but talking to strangers doesn’t come easily. How much I’ve been missing from my travels! Guys. People are FASCINATING! Of all the people I’ve met, there hasn’t been a single boring person, and I seriously doubt there ever will be.
I love learning about people’s lives & histories. I’ve just never been able to work up the courage to ask people about themselves. I want to interact more with the people I’m traveling with as well as the locals. I want to meet as many people as possible. I’ve always wanted to travel to see beautiful things, but I’ve grown up a lot in a year. I want to see beautiful things, yes, but I also want to learn about people. Meet people. PEOPLE!
I believe interacting with people more is my most important resolution.
The more people I meet, the more empathy I gain. It's a win-win for everyone!
I’d love to hear what your travel resolutions are this year. Leave a comment below or on Facebook!
Now get out there and go!