It’s that time of the year when many people start to think about resolutions for the new year. A time to think about how they want to better themselves by the end of the year. I’ve never been one to set resolutions. When I do, I fail miserably. That’s not to say that I don’t make goals for improvement- because I do. I’m continually striving to be better, to accomplish my goals and fulfill my dreams. But I rarely come up with any specific new year resolutions that I intend to keep all year.
However, this year, I have come up with one resolution, and one resolution only. Do you want to know what it is? Here it is:
This year I will never say no to a travel opportunity.
You may be saying, but Allison, you’re a travel blogger. Wouldn’t this be a no brainer? To an extent, the answer is yes. I love to travel. One of my favorite things in life is seeing what the world has to offer. Although the list of places I’ve been is still small, I cherish the memories I have of those places. Through travel I have discovered a passion I didn’t know I had when I was young. I’ve always had an interest in places but I didn’t realize how much until my trip to Ecuador while in college. Although my children are still young, I can already see that fascination being passed on to them. There are so many places I haven’t seen and I’m not content staying home and leaving them unexplored.
However, there are still times I talk myself out of going on a certain trip. I’ve included two possible reasons for not traveling.
We just got back from a trip and I want to be home
Although I love exploring new places, I am still a homebody. I like being home. Sometimes when we’re traveling for an extensive period of time, I get homesick. To turn around and leave again is hard for me. But this year, if the opportunity arises for me to go somewhere shortly after arriving home, I resolve that I will take it.
I don’t have a desire to go to a certain place
Although I have an extensive bucket list, there are a few places that I’m not thrilled about the idea of visiting. I have various reasons for that which I don’t intend on disclosing on my little corner of the internet. However, I realize that good can come from all corners of the globe and that a place can surprise me. Some place that doesn’t sound all that interesting on paper could have the potential to blow me away.
Obviously, there is a cost factor. When it comes to our finances, I have always been the conservative one in the relationship. Through three years as a law school wife, I learned how to live frugally and search high and low for a good deal. Traveling is expensive and we have a very specific travel budget. As our family’s designated frugal shopper, handling our travel budget and planning our trips have both come down to me. So, of course, if we’ve used all our yearly travel budget, we’d have to say no to a travel opportunity. But that is the only reason to say no to travel.
Every other reason that causes me to talk myself out of traveling will fall on my own deaf ears. Even if it takes me to the coldest spot in Siberia in the dead of winter, I will say yes. (Except at Christmas- that is the one time that I still will not travel.
That is my resolution for the new year. I’m excited to see where this year takes my family. I know there will be some downs- there always are- but I have a feeling deep inside that it’s going to be a great year.
What is your new year travel resolution?
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