When I set out at the beginning of this year, 12 trips in 12 months seemed like a daydream. That’s a lot of traveling especially when you’re rocking a full time job. At least one weekend a month would be dedicated to traveling, which is a little daunting when you think about it.
Having just completed trip number 10 this week, I can’t believe that this dream might actually happen!
I thought it might be a good time for a check in on the progress of my 12 Trips in 12 Months campaign. I’m proud to say that I am on track to achieve my goal, and am going to wind up with 3 extra trips, making it 15 trips in 12 months! Now that doesn’t have quite as nice of a ring to it as 12 trips in 12 months does, but it is certainly an accomplishment that I am proud of! This year has been an absolute whirlwind with all the traveling, but honestly, I love that feeling.
Here is what my travel plans have looked like so far this year, and for the remainder of 2015:
1. January- Kansas City, Missouri to visit a friend
2. February– Breckenridge, Colorado for a family ski trip
3. March– Boston, Massachusetts for the Women in Travel Summit (work)
4. April – Austin, Texas for a Greenheart Travel staff retreat (work)
5. April- Naples, Florida for family Easter
6. May– Nashville, Tennessee for a bachelorette party
7. June– Columbus, Ohio for a friend’s wedding
8. June– Charlotte, NC for National PTA conference (work)
9. August– Ann Arbor, Michigan for a girl’s weekend
10. September – Toronto, Ontario for Go Global conference (work)
11. October — Portland, Oregon to visit a friend
12. October — Iowa City, Iowa for a college football game
13. October — Dallas, Texas to visit Sam’s family
14. December — Breckenridge, Colorado for a family ski trip
15. December – Guatemala, Belize & Mexico for the holidays
What I love about my life right now is there is always a trip to look forward to, a new experience to try or a new restaurant to test out.
I suppose I truly am a restless travel soul because nothing about this year felt forced or stressful. Sure, there were times when I looked at Sam and said “I’m sorry I’m a crazy travel freak. I know this schedule can be hard to deal with”. It takes the biggest toll on him since I’m away a lot, especially back in the spring when it was like every other weekend. But thankfully, I have a partner who respects me and my independence, and the distance has been surprisingly easy for us to handle.
Other than the pressure on my relationship, this year has been awesome and amazing! I can’t imagine a year without at least a few trips, especially have how much fun this one has been. It makes your time at home more enjoyable when you know you’ve got something exciting coming up in a few weeks. For me, it always makes me appreciate home a little bit more when I’m away.
And guess what’s even crazier… my 2016 schedule is shaping up to look pretty damn similar! I guess I really am a chronic traveler, because I’m still 3 months away from 2016, and I already have a bunch of trip ideas ready and waiting to be planned. Most of them are work related at this point, but I’ve got a few fun ones on the book. Take a look at some of my tentative travels:
- Colorado for a ski trip
- Mexico City for a work retreat
- Irvine, California for a conference
- Florida for Easter
- Sweden for a conference
- Iceland for vacation
People say to me ALL THE TIME that it’s great to travel while you’re young “because you won’t have the chance to in the future. You’ll have responsibilities that won’t allow you to go abroad.” But as I grow older and more in tune with the importance of travel, I realize that this is an absolutely unfounded misconception.
Yes, it will be more challenging to make travel a priority when you have kids and a job that doesn’t allow you to travel frequently. But traveling isn’t a scarce resource that you can only tap into a few times in your life. It is a lifestyle, it is a persona, it is a mentality. Just like any other hobby or passion, it isn’t about getting it all in when you’re young, it’s about incorporating it into your lifestyle so that you can do it throughout your life.