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Happy new year everyone! I hope you all had a great start to the new year. Generally I don’t like setting new years resolutions. If I do, I set very loose ones. Ideas of resolutions but they’re not really. I’m firmly in the camp of if you want to make a change in your life you should do it then and there. You don’t need to wait for some arbitrary day in the year to do it. Make the change now. That said the new year is a great time to reflect on life and to look for areas of improvement or unhappiness.
If I were to set new years resolutions, they would be something like this:
Maximize long weekends
This is something I use to do in Budapest. Whenever there was a long weekend I would be off exploring somewhere new. Occasionally I’d add a day or two of holiday time so I can go further. I haven’t been using my long weekends effectively. Sure I used one every brig trip I took in 2014, but Canadians get 10 days of public holidays. Time to use them!
I’m already making good with this resolution. As I write this, I’m in a car on the way to Portland for the weekend with my family.
Go someplace new
2014 I revisited places I had been before. While they were fun and its always nice to rediscover a city, there just isn’t the same excitement.
In 2015 I want to go someplace new. Where? I don’t particularly mind. If I find cheap tickets somewhere, then I’m going. In an ideal world I’d like to go to Japan and South Korea or perhaps to Spain and Portugal with a layover in Iceland.
Learn a new language
I’ve been wanting to work on learning a new language and now is as good as ever. I’m thinking Spanish especially if I want to go to Spain this year. Plus it would be useful if I ever traveled to South America.
Also I’m going to find a mandarin teacher to brush up on my Chinese skills. I can sort of understand and sort of read but if I had to use them in China I would be terribly lost.
Eat better while on the road
When I’m at home, I have a fairly healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and minimal oil. I go meatless once a week. Once I head out on the road though, it’s a whole lot of junk food. I like trying all the weird things I can find in the supermarket, plus, I always maintain that the best way of getting to know a culture is through its food. While I don’t want to completely cut it out, I’d like to eat more veggies and fruit along the way.
Visit friends from a time past
While living in Budapest, I made a lot of new friends from all around the world, mostly from places I’ve never been. I would love to go visit them and see the places that they call home and of course see friends again!
What travel resolutions do you have in 2015?