2012 is officially here, and it’s time to plan the adventures that lie ahead. I have a lot of goals in mind for the coming year, and I couldn’t be more excited to get started reaching them. One of those goals will be to write on a more consistent basis, which is why I was ecstatic when yesterday, BootsnAll announced their Indie Travel Challenge 2012. In this project, BootsnAll will post a new prompt each week, which will allow for travelers to reflect and share their travel experiences.
For the first week of January, the prompt is all about resolutions. Not those about traveling more or signing up for the gym, but instead to, “Resolve to seek out experiences that immerse you into a new culture, challenge your beliefs, push your comfort zone, delight your senses, and make memories that will last a lifetime.”
Over the past three years, these have been the resolutions for my life, though I’ve never thought of them as resolutions. I have pushed myself to face my fears and challenged myself to reach my greatest potential. With each year, I become stronger, smarter, braver, and, most importantly, happier. Travel has changed my life for the better, which is why I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
For me, 2012 is a year where I have endless opportunities at my fingertips. The world is my oyster and anything is possible for me in the next twelve months. Starting with my first resolution, which is to travel solo for the very first time. Traveling on my own isn’t something I’ve always wanted to do, but after meeting many solo travelers during my journeys, I have been inspired by their stories. Even though I’m not entirely sure what to expect and realize there will be challenges along the way, that is part of what I am most looking forward to.
Second on my list is to finally visit Africa. This has been a dream for me for as long as I can remember, and it’s about time for that dream to become a reality. The plan, as of now, is to travel to Senegal, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. And, while there, I’d like to swim with great white sharks and penguins, visit Victoria Falls, climb Table Mountain, stand at the tip of Africa at Cape Hope, drink wine in South Africa, see the sand dunes of Namibia, and visit game reserves to watch animals going about their routines.
Finally, I plan to take more chances, be more adventurous, and make more friends no matter where I end up over the course of the year. I will take last minute opportunities and chances to try new things, whether I’m at home or abroad. I will learn and grow by all that surrounds me, and I will continue to be grateful for all I’ve seen and what lies in my future. I know that a lot of good awaits me this year, and I plan on going out there and getting it all. The possibilities are endless.