In the days and weeks leading up to the new year, I spent a lot of time thinking about my resolutions for 2017. Since travel is such a big part of my life, I decided to make a few specific travel resolutions.
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Three seemed like a good number.
I didn’t make these resolutions because I’m unhappy with my travel life. In fact, I’m very content. I just am of the belief that everything can be improved upon. I’m confident I’ll succeed with these resolutions because they come from a place of self-love.
Here’s to making 2017 my best travel year yet with the guidance of my three travel resolutions:
1. Meet locals.
Sure, you can follow your guidebook and hit all the “must-see” sites, but I’ve realized the best way to get to know a city is to make some local friends. In both Madrid and when I’m traveling, I plan to utilize apps like Meetup and Couchsurfing. And even though it can be intimidating, I’m going to try approaching strangers as well. Does that make me sound totally crazy? I heard that’s how people used to do things pre-internet.
2. Travel more sustainably.
Apparently, the United Nations has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in an effort to encourage “better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”. I’m all for it. In 2017, I want to travel more responsibly. For starters, I want to better understand how travel affects the environment and make more eco-friendly choices, especially in regard to transportation.
3. Visit one new city every month.
So perhaps this one isn’t a resolution as much as it is a goal. It may sound lofty, but I think it’s more than doable. For the next seven months, I have no doubt I’ll be visiting at least one new city every month. However, my hope is this resolution/goal will motivate me to keep traveling and exploring new places even when I’m back in Michigan this summer. I think it’s natural for people’s travel to go stagnant when they’re in their hometowns, but I don’t want that to be the case with me any longer. Regardless of whether I’m in Spain or Michigan, I want to continue discovering new places.
Do you have any travel resolutions for 2017? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments!