Inspirational New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

By: Heather

New Year's Resolutions

It’s that time of year again! 2015 is coming to an end, and 2016 is enticing you to make some changes. Let this be the year you aspire to accomplish all you set out to do.

Matt isn’t one for resolutions, but I am. I don’t necessarily need the New Year to start to set new goals, but I like making a list and checking it off as the year progresses. I am big on obtainable realistic resolutions. I don’t want to set myself up for failure, but I do want to have a tangible guideline to pursue.
For the past 11 years, I have lived by what I call my Three Tried and True.

  1. Visit at least one new country
  2. Visit at least two new cities in the United States
  3. Try at least one new activity I have never tried before

Throughout the years I added some more typical resolutions such as read more, work on my fear of birds, eat better or work out more. I succeeded at some, but others (i.e. learn to sing, fluently learn another language, cook more) were left behind before February arrived. But my favorite three never failed me – until now.

Heather facing one of her biggest fears.

Heather facing one of her biggest fears.

Our plans for 2016 have altered my regular pattern. We are traveling full-time with no plans to be in the U.S., my first two resolutions don’t jive with my next 365 days. I needed some inspiration and reached out to fellow bloggers to ask to share their New Year’s resolutions for 2016.

Here are their goals for the coming year:

“To plan less (sweating thinking about it!) “
        -Gemma at Two Scots Abroad

“2016 is the year I’m finally returning home to Canada after two years of travelling full-time around the world. My New Years resolution is to explore more of my own country this year.”
        -Kelly at Kelly Ella Maz


Photo provided by Kelly @ Kelly Ella Maz

“Make each and every day count. For the last five months, I have been based in Rwanda and Uganda. While taking it slow has allowed me to make some incredible connections with the community and people around me, this coming year I want to see and do more, with the attitude that each day travelling could be the last.”
        -Elle at Itinerant Elle

Whether it is roommates, best friends or boyfriends, I have always had built in travel buddies. This year I would like to branch out and take a longer, solo journey that I plan and carry out on my own. This is in part so I can spend the trip taking photographs and exploring the area at my own pace without slowing down my travel partner! Destination suggestions are welcome!”
        -Emily at Emily Long Photography

“I want to surpass my 2015 goals and travel to 6 new destinations. Last year, I was fortunate enough to travel to 5 new destinations including Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Ecuador and Barbados. In 2016, I’m hoping to make my travel dreams come true by traveling to Iceland, Switzerland and Italy!”
        -Danielle at The Thought Card


Photo provided by Danielle @ The Thought Card

“Unplug while on the road for at least a day- no mobile or tech devices whatsoever. Another resolution is to play tourist in my own city. There is so much to do in my town (Chicago) that I don’t take advantage of.”
        -Patti at The Savvy Globetrotter

I want to be the kindest person possible to all of the new faces I meet along the way, whether it be on my several month backpacking trip en route to New Zealand or when I eventually make it to my new (albeit temporary) home as well as kind to myself. I want to be daring and adventurous, yet know when it’s time to relax and take it slow. I want to seize the day each and every day and have patience knowing it won’t always be easy.”
        -Laura at Willful and Wildhearted

One of Heather's most favorite mottos

One of Heather’s most favorite mottos.

“Explore more pet-friendly destinations with my travel-loving doggy. Travel to a place I can use one of the languages I studied in school.”
        -Matilda at The Travel Sisters

“I have a lifetime travel resolution to visit a new country every year. The world is so big, and I want to experience as much of it as possible! In 2015, I was fortunate to add South Africa to the list.”
        -Genna at Start DC


Photo provided by Genna @ Start DC

With some inspiration from colleagues, tweaking of the old, and new creativity here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016.

  1. Visit at least 12 new countries
  2. Visit at least two cities in each country visited in 2016
  3. Try at least one new activity I have never tried before
  4. Read at least one book per month
  5. Volunteer in as many of the countries visited as possible
  6. Travel more ethically by learning more about ethical travel, sharing what we learn, making more responsible and conscious choices
  7. Take at least three photos per day
  8. Say Hello (in the local language) to at least one new person a day
  9. Continue to work with Matt to create the best possible Travelationship for us

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Do you have a travel or photography inspired New Year’s resolution? Share it with us in the comments!

Comments 8

  1. Visit at least 12 new countries and Visit at least two cities in each country visited in 2016 – now those are ambitious goals and I love reading that! I also appreciate the ‘Say hello in the local language’. Very inspirational goals and look forward to seeing how you guys do! 🙂 Have an awesome 2016 guys! PS: might ‘borrow’ the try one new activity I have never done before 😉

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      1. haha luck you guys! The day I can set such goals, I will pretty happy with myself! If I get to do another 3000kms in Italy this year, will be a success! 🙂 I will be sure to let you guys know on my new activity when I get to Sicily.

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  2. Oh I wonder what the new activity will be for you! I really want to try a night dive. Thanks for featuring us, all the best for 2016!

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