Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone’s 2018 started with a bang, and on the right foot. It’s so crazy to think that we’re closer to 2030 than we are to 2000. But anyway, as with each new year comes New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve been reading a lot of posts lately about how people no longer do resolutions, as they usually end up lost and forgotten throughout the year. Instead, they aim for affirmations or goals. Whatever you decide to call them, I think they are a great way to help shape your year into what you want it to be. Today, I’m sharing my travel resolutions for the new year!
The beginning of my year started off a little chilly, as it was accompanied by a snowstorm of the century. Thankfully, we didn’t receive any snow; however, we received the chilling temperatures. I planned to kick off the new year by driving up to North Carolina to visit my best friend, and my former teammates for their senior meet. That plan went off track as the storm moved up the East Coast. The roads seemed like they would be fine for the route I planned to take, but I didn’t want to chance running into black ice, getting stranded, or getting in an accident. So my first travel plan of 2018 was a definite bust.
current travel plans:
I have a a couple plans lined up for the beginning of the year when it comes to travelling. If all goes as it should, I’ll be visiting at least two new places this this year, and I’m super excited!
In March, I’m heading to Sweden with one of my best friends, Derek. We’re going to meet up with another one of my friends, and former college teammates, Alice. During our college years, Alice would always teach me simple Swedish phrases, and I would quite enjoy listening to her speak the language with fellow Swedes on campus or when she would call home. Now, I’m using Duolingo to help improve my Swedish, but it’s definitely a lot harder when there’s not someone to help you out. I haven’t seen Alice in person for a few years, so I’m more than ready for this reunion!
In April, I’m heading down to New Orleans, Louisiana with my college best friend, Heather. If you keep up with Life with Larissa, you’ll know Heather and I try to do “spring break” with each other every year since freshmen year of college. We decided instead of doing our usual beach trip, we’d explore a fun new city – so we settled on New Orleans! My sister heard about our trip, and decided she wanted to come along, since it’ll be her last high school spring break. I’ve always heard great things about New Orleans, and of course I want to try the beignets at Cafe du Monde!
As for my New Year’s Resolutions, I decided to break them up into sections. For my main travel resolution, I wanted to take a different approach to travel than I have before. Usually, when I think of travel, flying to an exotic place comes to mind, but that’s obviously not the only way to travel. There are so many different ways to travel, learn, and engage. I want to make more of an effort to travel to the places close to me, and to consider more weekend trips. Whether that’s visiting museums, or festivals, or centers – I just want to learn all that I can, and I’ve definitely been limiting myself.
Another one of my travel resolution is pushing myself more out of my comfort zone and making myself uncomfortable. I’m an introvert and I’m shy, so travelling definitely comes with its challenges. I want to talk to strangers more; practice new languages eagerly; and just be more comfortable being uncomfortable when I’m on the road!
Another travel resolution is to visit at least three new states this year. I know that doesn’t seem like too many, but I figure start low, then increase as time goes on. Even though I’ve lived in the United States for most of my life, I haven’t really taken the time to get to know each state. This year is time to change that, and make a conscious effort to visit new states!
Well, there you have it. It’s the New Year, and I’m making plans to travel near and far – domestically and internationally! What about you? Do you have any travel resolutions or goals for 2018? I’d love to hear about them! Let me know in the comments!
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