I’d like to believe that I’m an advanced (though not yet an expert) traveler. I know how to strategically plan a trip, I’m a skilled packer, and I can drive on the left side of the road. But with each trip I hope to become a better traveler and citizen of the world. Here are my travel goals for 2020:
Be More Intentional in My Travels
I usually select a destination because of a book I read, a photo that I saw, an article that I stumbled up, etc. I do my best to educate myself about the country and plan an appropriate itinerary that aligns with my interests and must see/dos. But so what? Yes, I learn something from each trip but why not set those intentions prior to going? I want to be more direct in establishing what I want to gain from each trip whether that’s to relax, reconnect with someone, or learn something specific about that country.
Keep a Travel Journal
When I travel, I often write notes about my experiences in the Keep Notes app on my phone. The entry includes a few thoughts about what I did or what I ate, ideas for post topics or “witty” lines I want share in my blog. I could consider my blog as a journal but not each post or series of posts account for the day-to-day of my trip. I want to keep a more intimate record of my experience that I can reflect on and monitor my growth.
Be Offline More
Pics or it didn’t happen is the mantra of the 2000s. I am guilty of documenting my life too much but as a blogger, it is hard to find a balance when trying to share my experiences with others. I want to discover what works best for me to be more engaged with my surroundings while still gathering content for my blog.
Take a Backseat in Planning
I either plan or am heavily involved in the planning of my trips with others. I like doing the research and let’s be honest, I’m a control freak. I want to challenge myself to let go and let someone else (that wants to) plan a trip. Each person has a different approach to how they research and plan as well as what they enjoy. This could be an opportunity for me to learn from someone else.
Build a Mileage Portfolio
I purchase a flight based on the price, number of layovers, and overall travel time. There’s nothing wrong with my criteria but sometimes by spending a little bit more money, I can receive a return on investment in the future by frequently booking with an airline or specific airline alliance. My objective isn’t to achieve a status, because I don’t fly enough, but instead earn a free flight here or there.
Take Advantage of Credit Card Perks
I have a priority pass (but who doesn’t) yet I rarely visit lounges or use dining credits when I travel. I am passing up free food, alcohol, and wifi! Using the lounge could also help with my travel rage and make the trip more bearable.
Try Something New
On each trip I usually take a cooking class or a tour. I am able to engage with locals, get insider tips, and learn something new. But it’s usually the same type of activity just in a different location. And that’s ok but I could be missing out on a new hobby that I could really enjoy. I’ve experienced a lot but there’s still so much more that I haven’t tried.
What are your travel goals for 2020?