Never before have I stuck to a New Year’s resolution as I did this year. Maybe, that’s because the resolution I made was an easy one to keep. Rather than making resolutions to lose weight or go to the gym more often, I promised to live each day as I do while traveling, keeping a few goals in mind for the year. Those goals were to travel solo, visit Africa, take more chances, be more adventurous, and make more friends. It’s only been six months, but each of these has either been accomplished, or will be accomplished, in a matter of weeks.
Since January, I have taken plenty of chances and been adventurous while at home, something I usually just leave for my travels. Whether it was facing old fears by trying ice skating again, getting out of my comfort zone in the kitchen, braving the woods to go hiking, or beginning my scuba certification, I have put myself out there over the past few months. I have grown a lot, even more than I thought possible while in my home country.
But, what I am most proud of in my resolution is that I finally booked a trip to Africa. Unable to find someone willing to go with me, especially for three weeks, I decided that I would take on the continent by myself. Africa has been calling my name for years, I could no longer wait.
Although I won’t fully be alone, as I will be traveling on a tour, something else that is new for me, it is the first time I will be away without any familiar faces around me. It’s an exhilarating and frightening experience, especially when taking into account that I will be alone for twenty-one days and most of my time will be spent camping in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. I’m excited for the challenges ahead, but also to learn more about myself through the unknown experiences that lie in coming weeks.
On January 4th, I named this year, the year of endless possibilities, and nothing has been more true than that.
This post is part of BootsnAll’s Indie Travel Challenge 2012.
Week twenty-six’s topic: Look back at the travel resolutions you made for the first week of Indie Travel Challenge. What have you achieved so far? What is something that you are proud of?