All I Want For Christmas…

All I Want For Christmas…

There are a lot of wishes to be had each year. Many things we want or wish we could change. We hold on to the past or finally decide to let it go. And, each of us, deep down inside, no matter what our age, has something special that we want for Christmas.

Christmas with my cousin back in the day.

Christmas with my cousin back in the day.

What is it that I want? Honestly, I could be here all day listing some of what I’d like this year, but I’ll leave it to one thing. All I want for Christmas is more travel.

Why? Because travel has transformed me in more ways than I could ever imagine. It has made me stronger, braver, more patient, more grateful, more adventurous, more loving, more understanding, and overall, a happier, and I’d like to think, healthier person.

New Zealand, 2010.

While I have always traveled a bit here and there, since 2010 my travels have increased significantly. I have ventured to five continents, burst through my comfort zone on many occasions, traveled solo, and had some incredible adventures. Which is why I believe that there is a lot in store for me in 2013.

One goal that I have for the year is to reach my final two continents:

First, I plan on heading to South America this summer. Since, I am still not sure where to go, each Sunday I have been trying to narrow it down with South American Sunday.

Photo Credit: Fluent in Frolicking

Photo Credit: Fluent in Frolicking

And, also Antarctica. I may not like the cold, but I just won’t be satisfied only reaching six of the seven continents. So, to Antarctica I will go, probably this time next year.

Photo Credit: Where Sidewalks End.

Photo Credit: Where Sidewalks End

Also, in terms of international travel, I would love to visit Costa Rica this year. For some reason, the Latin American country has been calling my name all year. Zip lining through rainforests, hiking volcanoes, lounging on a beach – seriously, it sounds like heaven. I would love the chance to experience it all for myself, and the week off I have in the spring sounds like it could be the perfect chance for me to visit.

Photo Credit: The Lazy Travelers

Photo Credit: The Lazy Travelers

Those destinations may be far from home, but I plan to keep the thrills alive here as well. With my new video series, Adventures at Home, I will explore my own backyard looking for activities to keep myself busy between traveling. I plan on trying out snowshoeing, ice climbing, and cross-country skiing, just to name a few.

All I want for Christmas

Along with these plans, I am planning to visit Canada twice over the next few months. First, to Alberta in May to meet up with friends I met on my African tour, and then Toronto in June for TBEX. I have only been to Canada once, Montreal to be specific, and that was only for one night after a Phish festival in Vermont back in college. Needless to say, I am excited to head back and see what else Canada has to offer.

Photo Credit: Jetting Around

Photo Credit: Jetting Around

Along with traveling around home and visiting Canada, I also would love to visit Colorado for the first time. I feel that it is one state that has my name written all over it. With tons of outdoor activities and beautiful landscapes, I can’t see where I could go wrong.

Photo Credit: Travel Rinse Repeat

Photo Credit: Travel Rinse Repeat

Finally, I applied for The Amazing Race with one of my best friends/ co-workers, and if chosen, the month-long RTW trip begins this summer. I have no idea where it could take us, and that is what I like most – not knowing exactly where my travels will take me.

all I want for Christmas

Who know what the next year has in store for me, but all I know is that this year, I’d like to continue to travel, and to travel more often.

Last year, I named 2012 the year of endless possibilities, and I’d like to think the same of this year, though maybe change it up a bit and name it the year of endless opportunities, because as far as I can see the opportunities to travel this year seem to have no end.

With that thought, no matter what holiday you celebrate, I hope that the coming year brings you more of whatever you are looking for. Happy holidays!

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Comments (4)

  1. Pola (@jettingaround)

    All the best to you in 2013, Erin! It looks like we both will be headed two South America, just at different times. 🙂 Here’s to travel, and lots of it!! See you in Toronto. 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Pola! Looking forward finally meeting you in Toronto! And to your adventures in SA. 🙂

  2. Ian Ord

    Such an awesome list – I only wish my travels were that well thought out or planned. 🙂 There is ONE plan for next year though… Can’t wait to see you in Toronto at TBEX!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Ian! Yes, somewhat organized, though I love not knowing what is in store for my travels. We’ll see how these change over the next few months. 😉

      Right now, however, I am most excited about TBEX and finally getting to meet you!!

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