Day 30: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project
Today’s Prompt: 2012 Ticket – Where are you going in 2012? Why is that place great for indie travelers?
The start of a new year always excites me; the prospect of meeting new people and traveling to new places makes me giddy with anticipation. There is nothing more exciting than the unknown. And that’s exactly what my travel plans for this year are…unknown. But, I am not a planner, and I book my travel relatively last minute, so I’m not worried about what lies ahead.
While I don’t have any plans as of yet, I do have a few travel goals that I’d like to work towards in the new year. Here are three of them:
Travel solo for the first time.
This is a new realization. Before my trip to Asia, I never saw the benefits of solo travel. Wouldn’t I be lonely? How safe could it be? Who would I talk to? But, the more solo travelers I met, the more I began to understand that it wasn’t so scary, and I realized that it was something that even I could do. Maybe there would be challenges, but the self-discovery along the journey would outweigh any risks I’d be taking. Which is why, I believe that in the new year, I will take my first step towards solo travel.
Add a new continent to my list.
A travel goal that I have is to visit each continent before I reach thirty. With my twenty-seventh birthday in three weeks, and three continents left to see, I need to head to Africa, South America, or Antarctica sooner rather than later. Of these three places, Africa has held my heart for years, which is why I am thinking that it is where I’ll have to spend my summer break. Since not many of my friends share my desire to visit Africa, this could also be my first solo trip.
Begin to plan or start a RTW trip.
Being able to travel around the world for months at a time is a dream of mine. But, I must admit, the idea is overwhelming. Over the summer, I thought a lot about long term travel, could I do it? I’m not sure, but life is meant to be an adventure, right? So, I will dedicate 2012 to planning a RTW trip for the following year, because as scary as the thought may be, I can’t imagine not having completed a trip around the world at least once.
No matter what lies ahead for the new year, the world is my oyster. I don’t know exactly what lies ahead of me, but wherever I wind up, I will be transformed in the coming year, and that is something I am fully looking forward to.