My 2012 Travel Goals

November 1, 2011

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Prompt #1: What were your travel goals last year? Did you accomplish them? What travel goals do you hope to accomplish this year?

“In baseball and in business, there are three types of people: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.” –Tommy Lasorda

I think you can add travel to the above quote too. I love lists and goals. Maybe it’s my German heritage, but I just love getting shit done. It just feels amazing to cross things off a list, doesn’t it? It’s my love of goals and lists that has often been the catalyst from me thinking “that’d be cool if” to “I just bought a ticket to Iceland!” In the summer of 2007, when I started a 101 Things in 1,001 in Days project, it forced me to actually start “verbalizing” my goals. And while I didn’t complete everything on that list in those three years (I still haven’t been to South America), it’s helped me to accept as many adventures as possible.

In the last year, my travel goals have been scaled back a bit compared to previous years, and my goal was take one “Escape from Portland winter” getaway and visit one new country. Success! I went to Iceland for 5 days over Thanksgiving and escaped to Maui in April for 10 days. So I accomplished them, but I don’t have any big trip on the horizon and that makes me feel a little stir-crazy.

My travel goals for 2011 are:

  1. Take a 2+ week trip again. Since I started working full-time again in late 2009, I haven’t taken a BIG trip, in terms of time, and I miss that).
  2. Visit my BFF in Hawaii. My BFF is in the process of moving to Hawaii, so I’m planning to take advantage of their home sometime in the spring.
  3. Work remotely (not in Portland) for 1+ month. Since I have the privilege of working remotely, I need to actually take advantage of it and go work somewhere.

And my travel BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to plan another career break in the next 3-5 years.

What are your travel goals for the coming year?