Well with the near year in motion, I thought it would be fun to share some ideas/goals I have for the new year. I wouldn’t call these resolutions since I believe resolutions are more in line with life goals such as exercising, eating healthy, and being more charitable. In my case, I’m going to call these strong desires in my life of travel.
First, find a way to visit more countries and in so doing, step further out of my comfort zone. languages, food, cultures, etc. The continent I have zero exposure to is Africa (even though that is about to change in a couple weeks). With so many diverse cultures in Africa, it seems like a logical place to start.
Next is a continuation of a life goal and which is continue collecting passport stamps to new countries. Looking through my passport, it’s great to see where I’ve been but it leaves me wanting more. I wouldn’t say it’s a life goal of mine to visit every country on earth, but I certainly would love to try to visit as many as I could.
Finally, I would love to visit more historical sites that aren’t on the main tourist map. There is something rewarding about going to a site that is a bit of a hassle to get to but you know isn’t visited by the masses of tourists every day. Making it to Ek Balam last year really showed me how much I appreciate being able to stroll up to a site in the middle of the day and only encounter a handful of people. Yes, it was a bit of a trek to reach and of course it is a tourist site. But while most will go to Tulum, Coba, and Chitzen Itza, very few make it to Ek Balam. Sure, it isn’t as magnificent as other sites in terms of restoration, but it is really fun to have the freedom to climb and explore like a kid vs. the mostly sterile, “eyes only” site of Chitzen Itza. The same could be said for site around Easter Island and Cuzco. If you’re willing to spend a little extra time and effort, the rewards can be enormous.
Ultimately, it’s the people I meet who reinforce my love of travelling and nothing is better when a perfect stranger offers blind advice on where to eat or where to go. I can honestly say I’ve had plenty of disappointing meals in restaurants but never at a street food vendor. Finding the next great bite from a stall I may not find the next day is worth all the miles in a plane to eat.
I’m currently in the midst of trying to plan trips and the timing of everything to work cohesively but if you have any suggestions on places to check out, please let me know!