Why Setting Travel Goals Is Essential To Seeing More Of The World
By Brittany Walters
I don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions.
Well…scratch that: I don’t call them resolutions. I prefer to call them goals and I often keep them to myself. I wish I was into vision boards or writing things down, but at this point in my life, that doesn’t work for me. I think of goals all year long, not just around the start of a new year, and I’ve learned to make travel goals along the way.
I’ve found that making goals to travel more, whether it’s to a place near where I live or a trip abroad, has helped to keep me excited about my love of traveling. In the past, my travel goals have been to take at least one trip per month, so here is an example of a past travel goal schedule that I was able to accomplish.
I visited during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. One of the highlights was participating in the MLK walk and going to STK Steakhouse for their infamous Magnum Monday.
I found a steal on Twitter via Airfare Watchdog for a round-trip ticket from Houston to Paris for $387. I spent five days in Paris…enough said!
March: Galveston, Texas
I try not to fly during the early spring due to spring break. My friends and I took a short road trip to Galveston for their Mardi Gras celebration, and while it’s nowhere near the party in New Orleans, we had a blast.
April: Orange County, Los Angeles, Redlands
My frat brother graduated with his MBA and I was invited to his graduation and the celebration. The West Coast scenery was beautiful, the weather was great, and I enjoyed spending time with friends who are like family.
This was a Mother’s Day trip with my grandmother, aunts, and my cousin. I’m not a mother but I went anyway! We went to see the musical Motown and spent a beautiful day in Millennium Park.
Time for a family reunion! Spending time with a large portion of my family for a weekend is ALWAYS a blessing and well worth the trip.
July: Washington, D.C.
July was jammed packed with activities back home but I managed to spend 24 hours with a friend in Washington, D.C. for her birthday.
August: Washington D.C.
Back to D.C. for a date. Dinner and a movie and back to the airport.
September: Rio de Janeiro
I planned my trip to Brazil a month in advance, just enough time to get a visa. I was invited by a friend to tag along for a work conference, and seeing the Christ the Redeemer statue and visiting the beach were my highlights!
Early birthday trip for me and my mama! This trip was planned and it was beautiful! The highlight was spending time with my mom and the beaches.
November: Las Vegas
I went to Vegas for a work conference and I stayed at the Bellagio for the first time. The highlight was the Bellagio brunch: they have the BEST sangria!
I went to Cozumel for a family trip. We planned a few months in advance and the trip was filled with fun, sun, and relaxation. The highlight was spending time with my family.
Whatever your travel goals may be, do your best to follow through! Travel plans can be low key or they can be grand adventures that require weeks of planning but do whatever it takes to just get out there.
Brittany is an optimistic idealist, culture junkie, epicurean foodie, and a lover of anything deemed a bargain. From Houston, Texas, she is a registered nurse by trade, gregarious by reputation, and rarely bored. She is always down for a spontaneous venture, anything that promotes preventative health, and really well made martinis. Brittany aspires to one day be a humanitarian focusing on eradicating global human trafficking.