As I look ahead to 2013, I reflect on 2012. Honestly, I am not a big New Year’s resolutions person. I never have been.
Maybe that’s part of my problem.
I believe that we need to look back and remember. So many travel memories and moments teach us a lot about ourselves.
I talked about my top 10 travel moments of the year and shared the stories and adventures. I even had my top 5 sports and travel moments of 2012. With every destination, there are two things in common – people and stories.
Every experience, journey, and destination should teach you something and give you direction. Travelers around the world reflected on their best travel moments of 2012. However, I’ve done a horrible job of taking those life lessons and setting goals.
So my first New Year’s resolution was to make some New Year’s resolutions.
There will be some changes and growth. There will be a more defined direction. There will be a need for miracles more than resolutions. And there are some exciting dreams for my 2013 travels.
2013 New Year’s resolutions
As I look back on my 2012 travels, this year will be tough to top. I got to do my dream travel series and have been the envy of many friends, fans, and travelers. This Fall, I traveled to 8 cities as part of my Expedia College Football Travel Tour.
I went on numerous hikes. I took off my pants (and a little more) to wear a kilt. I did a sit down interview with my hiking boot. I met sports celebrities and icons like Mike Golic and Bobby Knight. I flew over 32,000 miles and drove many more.
So what did I learn?
I need to set more goals. I need to define who I am. I need to make New Year’s resolutions to keep me on track. And I need miracles.
A new direction – 2013 travel plans and goals
Looking ahead to a new year, here are a few New Year’s resolutions that will mean some changes, some dream travel trips, and some help.
A new direction
As I celebrate 2 years of Budget Travel Adventures, I look back at the first couple of years and cringe a little.
I was all over the place – travel news, travel deals, stories that may have revealed too much, travel tips, travel ideas that started and died. I need a map for where I am going.
I’m going to focus on a few key areas as I become more focused in my travels. Here are the six areas of travel that will define Budget Travel Adventures:
California – stories on California cities, towns, destinations, people, adventures, and more
Hiking – hiking guides and stories from my hikes in California, US, and around the world
Traveling thoughts – personal stories, reflections, and observations on travel and life
Budget Travel Guides – travel tips on food, transportation, connecting with locals, activities, and lodging written by travelers about destinations all over the world to help you save money and connect with the places you visit
Destinations – stories about places and people that I encounter in my travels around the world
College Football Travel Tour/Sports and Travel – stories from my College Football Travel Tour including college campuses, tailgating, football experiences and more as well as sports and travel stories around the globe which will feature interviews, unique experiences, stadiums, and the cultural connection between sports and travel
A new look
Wearing the same hairstyle or clothes for a few years may become part of who you are. However, sometimes you need a new look.
If you haven’t been by in a while, you’ll notice one of the first changes – a new logo. The idea is to incorporate this new direction with a new look making it easier to navigate. Photos are bigger on the home page and the categories are gone.
More changes are on the way to help people find what they want and read the latest stories. Not all change is easy but it can be beneficial.
2013 travel plans
Surprisingly, this is one resolution/goal that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention – yet. However, there are plans for a new series as I focus on six key areas of travel for 2013.
This year, I hope to carry the torch of Huell Howser – a California travel icon who recently passed away. A southerner who made California his home, Huell inspired people with the beauty, culture, and people of California by showcasing all that this state has to offer. I hope I can do the same.
Currently, I am working on two dream trips. Sure, I did the College Football Travel Tour last year but these are two different kinds of trips. I am not sure if either of these will happen but stay tuned – these are big!
This isn’t a New Year’s resolution. This is more like crying out for a miracle.
In my head, I organize my thoughts well. In life, everything is a mess. Honestly, organization is one of my biggest weaknesses and it has had a huge impact on my travel life.
I find it very difficult to get everything done because I am all over the place. I have good ideas but they are misplaced and forgotten every time I move on to something else. Papers and bills are everywhere and I dread trying to find stuff that I need.
I have good ideas that get lost in the chaos. Following up on emails and stories seems like a lost cause. Getting on a schedule to help me organize thoughts, ideas, and my writing is nearly impossible.
Organization will help me make my travel lifestyle a success. However, too much chaos leads me to fall short of my desires and expectations.
This is one area where I need a miracle – not a New Year’s resolution.
Looking ahead to 2013
Travel plans, changes, New Year’s resolutions, and miracles.
This is my focus for 2013. Honestly, I am inspired my these travel resolutions as a way to make a positive impact on the world. However, that needs to start with me – focus, planning, goals, and direction.
We will see if I am organized enough to even remember these New Year’s resolutions next week.
What are you New Year’s resolutions for 2013? How has travel inspired you to change or do something different in 2013?
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