One of my favorite things about one year ending and another year beginning is the chance to start fresh and tackle some new goals for the upcoming year. Most people will make a list of their New Year’s resolutions or goals that they hope to accomplish over the next 365 days and if you’re anything like me, that list will end up tossed aside in about a month with little hope of fulfilling my lofty yearly goals. A goal that many, including myself, set for themselves at the turn of a new year is to travel more. This sounds like a perfectly achievable goal, am I right? Unfortunately, travel tends to take a back seat for a variety of reasons (work, family, finances, time, etc.).
Don’t fall into the same cycle of vowing to travel more this year, but never actually following through. Luckily, I have a solution! Introducing the ‘Take 12 Trips’ Challenge (#take12trips). I learned about this challenge from Lucy at On the Luce who learned of this challenge from Clare at Need Another Holiday. Clare invented this challenge to encourage us part-time travelers with full-time jobs to make travel a priority by taking one trip a month for the next year. The challenge isn’t about taking a two week overseas adventure every month (if only), but it’s about jumping at the chance to explore a new city, region, or park even if it’s only 30 minutes from your home. Often times, people get into their mind that they can’t travel because it always takes a lot of time and money, but that’s just not true. Traveling is a mindset. Traveling doesn’t have to be an overseas vacation, it can be a short weekend getaway, a week-long road trip, a staycation in your very own city, a day trip to a nearby town, or anything in between. The whole point is to get outside of your comfort zone and experience something new. Travel doesn’t have to be costly and time-consuming – travel is what you make it.
When I heard about this challenge, I immediately thought of my travel plans for 2016 and realized that with the trips I already had in mind for the year, there were only 4 months in which I didn’t have a vacation planned. With the trips I have planned for this year, I already felt like I was planning to travel more than I usually do, but the Take 12 Trips Challenge is going to push my yearly travel goals even further. I’m excited to make travel even more of a priority in my life and to challenge myself to take at least one trip every month for the next year.
I encourage all of you, working or not working, to join me and make travel a priority in your life this year. Don’t put off your travel dreams any longer, 2016 is the year to follow through with this simple travel challenge. Don’t stress about time or money, just spend a day getting outside of your comfort zone and exploring a nearby town or having a new experience in your city and you’ll ace this challenge with no problem.
Will you join me and accept the Take 12 Trips challenge this year? If you’ve already completed the challenge, how did it go for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below! I would love to hear if this is something you would like to give a try.