Happy New Year! I’m so glad that 2018 is finally here! I don’t know about you but 2017 was a rough and challenging year for me. Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of things to be grateful for (my family, health, travels, friends, this blog, and my pursuit of a doctoral degree), however, with the doom and gloom of the US political scene and the craziness taking place around the world, I have been left feeling down and uninspired at times. The new year brings about renewed hope for the future. Additionally, the new year is the potential or excitement of new goals and adventures. Today, I’m sharing why you should add travel to your goals for 2018.
1. Gives You Something To Look Forward To
Having future travel plans gets and keeps me excited throughout the year. Sometimes, the everyday stresses of work and adulting can be a bit much. Having a trip planned in the not too distant future will get you through the tough days. For me, having travel to look forward to after a long semester is a great motivator and acts as a reward for persevering.
2. Feeds The Soul
Have you ever watched or read the book, “Eat Pray Love”? In the book/movie, Elizabeth Gilbert’s character goes on a year-long journey which includes going through a number of transformations during her travels. The same thing can happen to you. Doing something you never thought you would or could, could be life-changing.
I remember climbing Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica in 2008. First of all, I can’t swim (how embarrassing…we’re not even going to get started on this topic). Second, I didn’t even know what was involved with visiting Dunn’s River. I was told that it was something that everyone had to do when they visit the island. I had no idea that I had to start from the beach and walk through ice cold water and slippery boulders all the way up the falls. Who does that? That didn’t sound like fun to me and I must admit, I was a little scared. Anyway, I did it and I’m so proud of myself for doing something that I would never picture myself doing. Doing new things brings out a part of you that you never knew existed.
3. Energizes You
Travel might be just what you need to come back to work and grind even harder. I’ve found that vacation helps me to approach problems differently. It also helps to come back and not let things (i.e. slow decisions, other people’s negativity, etc.) effect me as much. I realize when I get back just how tired I was and how much I was in need of a reset.
So are you adding travel to your goals for 2018? Could you use something to look forward to that could feed your soul and energize you? If your answer is yes, then start planning your next vacation. I’d love to hear about your plans. Be sure to leave them in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more blog posts on the topic of planning your travel. Because I know that travel planning can be a little overwhelming for some, I’d like to provide some tips on it for all of you.
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