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As I type this I am sitting at my kitchen counter. There is a turkey thawing in an igloo water jug, cream cheese warming on the counter, and the washing machine is doing a very loud spin cycle. I have no dinning room chairs. I still need to buy a rug for my living room and some for my front and back doors. My spare room is covered in boxes and stray items, I really should get a dresser and bookshelf in there to organize things.
Even though there are still plenty of random things to do in this new place we live, I am not focused on them as my new years goals. They are small and inconsequential things to get done and I have survived thus far without completing them so they can wait a little longer.
The things I am focusing the most on for the new year coming up (go 2018!) have to do with travel. I think that travel can be one of the best goals you can set each year.
If you don’t travel you will regret it. I have seen others wish they had done more and have experienced this myself. Things we all tell ourselves is “I’ll do it later”, “I’ll have more time next month”. But, the sad truth is that when we look at things this way we really do not get done what we want.
When I moved to Dubai I figured I would have plenty of time to see everything I wanted. We had a new baby and only one car so going out was difficult for a while. Then we did a trip back to Utah to see family and that was kind of a dud in the sense that we were all sick the entire time and had a few run-ins with less than desirable circumstances. We did not get to do all the things that I had previously arranged to do. Back to to Dubai, we only really did our sight-seeing about six weeks before we moved back to the United States. We did a TON of things in only five days, but there is still plenty that I wish I could have done!
So do not wait! Time will pass and you will regret having done no traveling.
When you want to travel during the year you have to go at it with a proactive approach. And when I say travel, I do not exclusively mean travel to a different country (or state) than your own. Take the time to explore your nearer surroundings. Take a step or two to become an expert on your area.
Then . . . take action! Once you answer these questions above, save the money for your activities. Buy your plane ticket (if applicable) and find a deal on lodging. Invest in your trip, if you buy a ticket or book a hotel you are more likely to follow through on your plans.
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