Normally I only half heartedly make some New Year resolutions. I’ll spend a few minutes thinking about what I want to work on or toward, write them down, then…forget about them.
Last year I couldn’t think of any. Sure, there were plenty of things I could work on, but I didn’t feel any desire or drive to make resolutions so, instead, I set travel goals. I had three:
I did make it to Burma and it looked like I was actually going to slip in a music festival at the very end of the year here in Thailand but at the last minute was invited on a trip with The Yacht Week (posts to come soon!) that was the same week as the festival. So I didn’t get to cross ‘music festival’ off my list but instead experienced a truly once in a lifetime holiday and kind of saw it as a road trip…just on the water through the Thai islands instead of on an actual road in the U.S.
It counts, right?
Anyway, I didn’t quite meet all three of my travel resolutions but finished 2015 feeling pretty pleased with myself anyway.
For 2016 I’m doing the same thing and setting three travel resolutions. I’m not really sure where these are coming from – I rarely have any clear reason or rhyme to why I want to visit a place, I either just want to go or don’t care at all – or how I’m going to make them all happen, but here they are:
1. Go on a road trip along the west coast of the U.S.
I have a big birthday coming up this year and, while I’ve done plenty of smaller road trips, I’ve never had that epic summer American road trip. I want to go from Seattle down the coast to San Diego and, if I can keep myself from driving straight into Mexico, cut into Arizona to see the Grand Canyon.
For some reason I’ve always wanted to go to Turkey. Don’t know how it’s going to happen – it doesn’t make sense considering I spend most of my time between Southeast Asia and the west coast of the U.S. – but I know a couple people living there and just feel like this is the year.
While I’ve assumed that I would get to Australia at some point (it’s relatively close to Thailand), I’ve never felt a strong pull toward it. However I know several friends living in Sydney and Melbourne and have recently written a lot about the country for clients which has made me realize just how much the country has to offer. So…the travel seed has been planted.
And you? What are your travel resolutions for 2016? Where do you want to go discover and explore?
Hey! I'm Alana and I've spent nearly the past decade living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working as a writer and photographer. I started Paper Planes as a place to share local insight, special places, and how to travel well through a range of experiences — from hostels to high-end hotels, street meat to multi-course meals.
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