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What are your travel resolutions for 2013?

Most of us go into the New Year strapped with our menu of resolutions, many of them leftovers from the previous year. We shoot ourselves in the foot because we realize that several things are still unresolved. But, yet and still, we make new ones. Raising hand here… I’m guilty too. It’s an issue of semantics for me. I’ve decided: instead of approaching my year with travel resolutions, I’m making travel goals and travel action plans. I like the way that sounds much better.

So, here are my travel goals for 2013.

Save for a rainy day

As we tinker on the edge of this fiscal cliff, I have no clue where my family will land in the “excess funds” category. My son’s medical needs are an additional financial strain. That’s the honest truth.

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This little piggy

Some of my travels are sponsored and some aren’t. In the second half of 2012, focused primarily on my son’s health, I wasn’t diligent with my travel savings. This cost me in the long run. Not having a concrete savings plan means I have to borrow money from other places not designated for travel.  That’s poor behavior on my part. So, my goal and very definitive action plan, is to stow away my leisure travel loot in an account that I don’t have easy access to…meaning, an account I don’t have an App for. I’ve done this before and it works. It’s the out-of-sight, out-of-mind principle. Having a savings account at a bank that’s not your primary, allows you to trim money off the top, put it away, and “forget about it.” I paid CASH for my wedding this way. I did it once and I can do it again!

Get Lost

Basically, I need to step away from over-planning. Now let me just say, this is a goal I can only set for leisure travel. If I’m traveling professionally, this doesn’t fly. Unfortunately (and I guess this needs to be another goal), I don’t know when to turn it off. I always manage to turn leisure travel into some kind of work. I neurotically create lists. Hey, I like my To-Do lists! I talk about them all the time when I research a destination. It’s who I am and personally, I feel like it helps me get the most out of my trip. It annoys my husband but I don’t apologize for it. That is my travel personality. We all have one. Every one can’t be a wanderer or travel with a backpacker mentality. That would be boring.

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Remembering the days of maps

But…
I was reflecting the other day. I thought about the days when we didn’t have all these sites and apps and other “travel-ready” conveniences, when we just traveled and got lost. It was fun and it was a more organic way to see the world. Now, I have “answers” at my finger tips.

Even New York Times’ Frugal Travel Writer Seth Kugel agrees, as he notes in a recent article about navigating Trip Advisor:

“Before there were online reviews, travelers like me could still arrive in strange places and manage just fine thanks to a combination of curiosity, instinct and local advice. It took a bit more courage, but was more fun and satisfying.”

There’s a certain spontaneity of travel that I miss – even with my kids. So, my second travel goal is to get lost for at least one or two days and be more flexible when I go.

Go Solo

The one time that I’ve traveled solo with my boys was on a flight to San Diego to meet up with my husband. That’s it! I LIKE those extra set of hands. No doubt! But….I need to challenge myself. The truth of the matter: he won’t always be able to travel with us. Mom’s Guide To Travel was born out of the spirit of traveling anywhere with kids, regardless.

solo travel resolutions

Traveling solo with kids is a journey in and of itself. Now, here is where there may be overlaps with my goals. The over-planning self HAS to step in when I do a lone mama trip. My boys need to stay entertained and I need to be organized when I’m traveling by myself with them. The other part of this goal is to instill a spirit of adventure and independence in them, and what better way to exemplify that but travel solo with the boys? And there you have it – my third travel goal for the year.

My final goal is to take more risks. I haven’t completely defined this goal, so I’ll keep it open-ended for now.

Tell me, did you make any travel resolutions, plans, or goals for 2013? Can you share them with me? Let’s inspire each other to do bigger and more exciting things this year!

Happy Travels.

 
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  • worldtravelmom

    Christine, you’re absolutely right. “Getting lost” doesn’t have to happen some place half way around the world. Most of us haven’t seen every place there is to see in the towns/cities/states which we live. Although, I wouldn’t mind getting lost in a coastal Italian village either.

    And good for you! Even with all my planning, I think spontaneous travel is the best sometimes!
    Thanks for stopping by.

  • http://grrrltraveler.com Christine | GrrrlTraveler

    Love your idea about getting lost for a day or two… it doesn’t even have to be far but maybe exploring a curious place in your city.

    I think everyone needs breaks to “get lost” to recover, refresh and re-inspire themselves. It’s necessary to our well-being.

    I recently took one of those last minute wing-it recovery trips … I really needed it. I’d pushed myself to the breaking point and it all exploded into something crazy like that (… I had two days before I flew out internationally to 3 countries). I don’t recommend it for everyone. But it made me realize… life is to short to do things you don’t like doing while holding back on the things you do.

  • worldtravelmom

    Charles, one of the ways to motivate your crew to save is to go ahead and figure out all of the details for the trip and send them the cost. Once you make things more concrete, people are more inclined to start budgeting and begin that saving process. Go as far as to tell them how many paychecks there are before the final payment for the trip. That’ll break those big figures down for them and make things more digestible and therefore, more doable.

    Yes, WTM does plan quite a bit, but she likes to get things accomplished when she travels. If I don’t 1.) I can’t share ideas and experiences with other people who may want to know and 2.) I might just sleep in the hotel room all the day and order room service and see nothing. But like I said, I will start sparing a day or two.

  • http://www.gotsecurity.us Charles

    HA!

    This article is going to be sent to my Radical Crew! Especially the saving part. Radicals must and will continue our annual MAN trip. BTW Getting lost is fun but I really don’t see WTM doing this because you plan wayyyy to much. Relax go with the flow. Great Article and good job.

  • worldtravelmom

    Yeah, I don’t think trying to plan out the whole year strictly works. This is why I think general goals are good and then you set up strategy/action plans. Quarterly works well. However, if one of your goals is to travel afar, you may need to plan out that money-saving for the year.
    Love the living/working outside of Jamaica plan – I’ll be following!

  • http://AbsoluteTravelAddict.com April D. Thompson

    I spent the tail end of 2012 trying to plan out my entire 2013. Truth is, I don’t care for planning travel out so far. Going to stick with a loose 2-3 month plan, which is doable.

    I’m also going to live/work in another country besides Jamaica for at least a month.

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