January is a bit of a ‘nothing’ month, with the excitement of Christmas and the new year over and it’s back to work it can leave us feeling a little dull and uninspired. But actually, January is an excellent month to start making plans. You have a fresh new year stretched out ahead of you, so it’s time to start deciding what you want to do with it. Where do you want to go, what do you want to see? Here are just a few of the travel goals you could add to your bucket list for 2017.
Be A Tourist In Your Home Town/ City
Travelling somewhere new is always exciting, and when wanderlust starts creeping in chances are you start picturing all kinds of exotic places. But when was the last time you explored the place right under your feet? Everywhere has places of interest, there are bound to be sights, tourist attractions and things to do that you’ve either never bothered to see or haven’t explored in many years. If you live in the countryside, you could go on a hike, explore woods and go camping with friends. If you live in a city, you could check out the different attractions and things to do that it offers. Don’t just disregard the place where you live, take the time to enjoy it and see and do everything that’s available.
Volunteering allows you to help others while building your skills and gaining new experiences. Many countries in the world have different kinds of volunteering opportunities available, so decide on what kind of projects interest you most and go from there. For example, if you want to help abandoned children by building orphanages you could volunteer in Ghana. If you want to help with conservation efforts and wildlife, you could volunteer in Australia. If you already speak another language such as Spanish, you could volunteer somewhere like South America by teaching children to speak English. It looks incredible on your CV; you get to see a different part of the world, and it can give you a new perspective on your own life too.
Backpacking allows you to see the world in a completely different way. Instead of relaxing in a five-star resort, you’re mixing with the locals, exploring the area, travelling by foot and public transport. You can immerse yourself in a culture and get to understand a place in a way that just isn’t possible when you’re on a luxury vacation. You could sign up with a chain of hostels and travel from place to place, meeting other explorers and like-minded people. If you don’t have a whole lot of money, this is also ideal since backpacking is much cheaper than other forms of travel. If you’re new to backpacking, you could sign up with a tour group, or you and your friends could sit down together and plan your own route.
What are your travel goals for this year?