Sure, a lot of people think they’re a waste of time – but I’m a huge fan of making New Year’s Resolutions. Although I rarely get to the end of the year successfully with them, I love goalsetting and I think they’re a great way to keep yourself on track, even just for a month or so. This year, to amuse myself on a plane ride I made an excessively intricate spreadsheet of my New Year’s Resolutions. If you’d like to see the resolutions I made in the other areas of my life, let me know – but for now, here are my 2015 travel resolutions!
Write down all expenses on my trips
I absolutely love reading people’s budget posts about how much they spent on their trips. I’m hoping to start sharing this kind of content on my blog in 2015! I’ll have to be much more diligent about writing down my expenses while I’m travelling in order to make the posts as detailed as I’d like.
End of 2016 update: nope. just very nope.
Travel for the month of May
As I said in my announcement post, I’m planning to travel for the month of May before starting my job in Milan at the beginning of June! Check out that post to see details on where I want to go. In the next month or so I’ll start to plan a more detailed itinerary and budget for the trip. Travel planning is one of my favourite things so I can’t wait to get started!
Explore at least five regions of Italy
While I’m in Italy for the summer I’ll be doing international weekend trips, but I really want to explore Italy in depth as well! I’ll be living in two different regions and I know I want to make it to Cinque Terre, Rome, Florence and Venice, so there’s a pretty high chance I’ll accomplish this. Maybe I should increase the number!
End of 2015 update: this one was a success!! I visited Lombardy (Milan, Pavia & Lake Como), Liguria (Cinque Terre), Tuscany (Florence, Pisa & Cortona), Umbria (Perugia), Veneto (Venice, Jesolo, Verona), Trentino (Brunico & Lago di Braies) Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (Trieste & Gemona) & Lazio (Rome). That’s eight! However, Rome is the only south-ish one and the rest are way congregated in the north. The abrupt ending of my trip ruined plans that I had to visit Campania, Basilicata, and Apulla. Next time!
Go to Dubrovnik
After the ‘trip’ to Croatia that didn’t end up happening this September, I’ve been desperate to visit this amazing country. As a Game of Thrones addict and lover of walled cities, Dubrovnik is top on my list no matter how many complaints I hear about the crowds! When I’m living in Trieste, which is very close to Croatia, this will be a priority for a weekend trip.
For no real reason, Prague is SO high up on my list of must-sees in Europe. I’m in the midst of a book series that’s partially set in Prague, and the books are certainly fueling my desire to get there. There’s something about it’s distinctly Eastern European vibe (I say as if I’ve been there) that draws me in.
End of 2015 update: I visited Prague at the end of January, so this went well indeed! I fell completely in love with Prague despite the fact that literally everything went wrong on that trip.
Visit at least seven new countries
My mom read this goal and scoffed at me, but then remembered I’ll be in Europe for four months – the best place in the world for country hopping, in my expert opinion. The list of countries I most want to get to (which incorporates the last two resolutions) includes Italy, Greece, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Morocco and Turkey. I’m hoping to visit more countries than just seven, but I simply must visit these ones!
End of 2015 update: The new countries I visited were the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Turkey, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Germany, Italy, Vatican City, Slovenia, Switzerland and Croatia. That’s fourteen!!! Not bad at all. I only missed Greece from this list – still tryin to get there.
Make two trips within Canada/the US
Although I love exploring exotic places, I live in such a vast and beautiful country that it would be a shame not to take advantage of domestic trips. The USA is also so incredibly diverse, and I’ve only been to about 5 states so there’s much more to see! The problem is that a flight halfway across the country is pretty much the same price as a flight to Europe. Why oh why can’t we have budget airlines?!
I have a trip to Toronto and Montreal booked over my February break, which I’m excited about. I managed to spend less than $150 on travel costs by cashing in some United mile and taking the train home, so I’m quite proud. My other trip may be to Boston for the Women in Travel Summit at the end of March, but there are so many options. Any suggestions?!