Most of my New Year’s resolutions have something to do with staving off body fat as my metabolism continues to slow down as I age, which a lot of people would probably consider to be pretty vain. However, aren’t resolutions supposed to be about self-betterment in the coming year? New year, new me – and I’m trying to be an impossibly svelte globetrotter.
On top of my devotion to a consistent workout regimen, I made three travel resolutions to guide my wanderings in 2013:
I will visit a new continent.
Okay, so this one is sort of a cheat because I’m not really resolving to do it – I already know that I’m going to accomplish this. And very soon, too! In three short weeks I will be flying down to Peru for a week-long cruise between Lima and Valparaiso, Chile before heading even further south for a two-night stay in Chilean Patagonia. This is my first time going to South America, let alone the Southern Hemisphere, so needless to say I’m pretty damn excited. I have high hopes that crossing this resolution off the list so early in 2013 will only lead to even more great things throughout the rest of the year.
I will not turn down the opportunity to travel.
This one ties into my previous resolution. When I first heard about the Peru/Chile opportunity from the friend I’ll be going with, my gut instinct was to decline the offer. Between my sad little bank account and responsibilities at work, it just didn’t seem like a possibility on such short notice. But then I stopped to think about it and asked myself: what will you really lose if you go? Some money? It’s meant to be spent. Vacation days? That’s what they’re there for. And now I’m on my way to South America and I couldn’t feel better about it.
I’ve already been presented with a spring road trip down to Florida and a summer weekend in Utah for a wedding, and barring any real conflicts, I intend to have the same attitude when it comes time to book.
I will shed my inhibitions to make the most of my experiences.
The same idea of overcoming fears or bypassing self-imposed restrictions led to my final travel resolution for 2013. There have been times in the past where I’ve felt let down by a travel experience, only to realize after that it wasn’t the location that let me down – it was me and my stupid insecurities. Over the course of 2013 I hope to make that a thing of the past. How? I’ve been toying with the idea of taking a trip to Southeast Asia and getting a yant tattoo as a way of diving in head-first into this new mindset while simultaneously getting a permanent reminder to always say “YOLO!” and just do what feels good.