Hello 2015! It’s a brand new year and it’s time to forget all those old bad habits and make our New Year’s resolutions to get the best out of 2015. SAY YES to 2015 as your new TRAVELING YEAR – you already know that traveling benefits us in many ways (even though we don’t realize it yet) so I want to share to you 10 travel resolutions that I’ve come up with and intend to keep this year. Here goes:
1. I will travel more this year
I will pursue my dream to visit all the provinces of the Philippines. I will try to cross off as many as I can this year. I will hike the caves in Sagada, Mountain Province, visit the pristine beaches in El Nido, Palawan, swim with the butanding (whaleshark) in Oslob, Cebu, talk and find out the secrets of the shamans and healers in Siquijor! Yes, 2015 will be my traveling year!
2. I will save more for my trips
I will put extra effort on saving more this year. I have already set up a travel account where in Php1,000.00 is automatically transferred from my payroll account monthly. However, for this year, I will add more and make it Php1,000.00 per payday, we are paid on a bi-montly basis so with this I will be able to save two thousand bucks every month. In this way, even if I am not on a trip, I will be able to save more! More money equals more travels! Yey!
3. I will not overpack anymore
Every time I go on a vacation, I always come home with so many unworn clothes in my backpack. I always think that I might need this pretty dress or this cutie tank top, so just to be sure I bring a lot with me. I end up not wearing them . It just serves as an added weight on my baggage. For this year, I vow never to overpack again. I will bring just enough clothes and footwear for my trips.
4. I will arrive in the airport hours before my flight
I will follow the standard rules and will be in the airport at least 2 hours before a domestic flight or 4 hours if it’s an international flight. I will not cram anymore and allot more time in preparing for my trips. I remember, I had a flight to Manila from Legazpi and I arrived in the airport 15 minutes before my scheduled departure time! The check in counter was already closed and I had to beg the airline staff to let me board the plane. I was on the verge of crying then, thankfully, they still allowed me to board. That was a nerve-wracking experience and the hassle and stress it brought me were more than I could take. I will never be late again for my flight.
5. I will give more effort in communicating with the people/locals
The best way to know and learn more about a place is to talk to with the locals. They’ll be able to share with you their way of living and even the secrets of their place. Even if you can’t speak their language make an effort to communicate with them. Learn more about their culture, their language and their stories. Traveling is not just about the place, it’s about its people.
6. I will be more adventurous this year
You only live once. Seize every moment and turn it to something that you will never ever forget and will mark on you for the rest of your life. Conquer your fear of heights and try bungee jumping or skydiving. Looking for peace and tranquility? Climb a mountain. Want to feel the rush of the waves and some heart-pumping activity, then surf in Siargao or Baler. Live your life to the fullest and try more extreme activities.
7. I will do volunteering jobs
We travel not for just ourselves, we travel to help others. This is my new mantra this year, to travel with a purpose. It will not just be about visiting a place or taking beautiful pictures, it will be about how I can help other people and bring positive change. I know I have a lot to learn especially since I haven’t done any volunteering yet but I know it will be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience.
8. I will encourage more people to travel through writing
Blogging, nowadays, is not just about expressing your thoughts, it also provides an avenue to deliver information to a lot of people. With this opportunity given to me, I will discover more hidden treasured places especially here in the Philippines, write about them and provide useful tips that hopefully will help a lot of people when they are traveling. I will share my experiences and (mis)adventures and provide my views to the places that I will visit to encourage more people to travel.
9. I will not be afraid to try exotic foods
I will taste a bit of all the local foods that a place has to offer. Even if I don’t know what it is and even if it does not look good. When we were in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, I tried their famed Tamilok (a woodworm that can be found in salt water), it was wet, slimy, and honestly not very appetizing to look at. You have to slurp it in one gulp so you can swallow it. It tasted weird at first but when you get the hang of it, it’s actually delicious.
Dining exotic foods can be an exciting adventure and it can make your whole travel experience more interesting and unforgettable.
10. I will make the best out of my 2015
I am already claiming that 2015 will be my year. I will embrace each day with a positive outlook and will do my best in whatever venture I will pursue. I will make every day count by doing the things I really wanted to do. I will let go of all the negative things in my life that are holding me back and greet each day with a smile. I will sleep at least 8 hours every day and will eat right. I will work hard on my job and will party harder with friends. I will travel more not just with my usual travel buddies but with my family. I will drink beer less and more water. I will make the best out of life this 2015!
So how about you? What do you want to change this year? What are your travel resolutions? Let us know!
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