9 January 2017

My big 2017 Travel goals

I briefly touched on my 2017 goals for my travel blog in my final post of last year, which as a quick overview- were to grow my blog, expand my writing in my new categories and chase opportunities to become a professional travel blogger.

I've spent quite a bit of time thinking about what my actual travel goals are for this year.
For those that may not know- my now husband is in the military and for the last two years he has been deployed to the Gold Coast in Australia as an instructor. I spent most of that first year in Europe on a study scholarship and then travelling.
Last year I joined him in living in Australia and started and worked on my blog all year.
I was lucky enough to travel back to New Zealand to visit my family, around Australia, to Indonesia, the Cook Islands and to Vietnam.

The last two years have been incredible for me and it just got me thinking- what's install for this year?
In a couple of days we are moving to Canberra, which is the capital city of Australia, as Gareth has been offered to do a Masters there. He is going to have one very busy and stressful year.
I, however, am in the fortunate position again to be able to spend the year how I please.

9.01.17  Saying goodbye to the Gold Coast

My ultimate goal is to be a travel blogger as my career. It is a lot of hard work, a lot- I know this. It is a very saturated market- but that's all a part of the challenge- and nothing excites me more. I will be spending my year pursuing my dreams and working hard towards that.

And I also want to travel.

Nothing gets my blood pumping more than travelling! It honestly is what gets me out of bed in the mornings. Travelling is all I have ever wanted to do. 
Why am I in my later twenties with no established career? Because I hadn't yet found my path, I always had no clue what I wanted to do- all I knew is that I wanted to travel.
I was floating through life with one idea after the other, thinking I could do this, I could do that. I have two qualifications and am half way through another that I now no longer wish to pursue... Nothing stuck, I wasn't passionate about anything else.
I thought once I had travelled and seen the world- maybe then I would actually figure out what I will do for the rest of my life...

That didn't happen- all that made me do was want to travel more!
Eventually I came upon the realisation that travel blogging is my calling. I love writing and I am really enjoying blogging- and I would get to do my favourite thing in the whole world- dun dun dun- travel!
Right, that's enough about me and my career aspirations for now- here are my travel goals for the year:

My big 2017 Travel Goals

⬜  See more of Australia in my final year living here: Sydney, Adelaide, Tasmania.

⬜  Join
my best friends in Bali for one of their milestone birthdays!

⬜  Visit at least three new countries I have never been to before.

⬜  Visit a new continent I have never been to before.

⬜  Work and volunteer overseas for one month.

I only have five travel goals- but they are big ones! In fact- they are huge! But I do truly believe I can achieve them all.
They each have sub-goals branching off them which I will keep to myself. But they are along the lines of: doing things out of my comfort zone, growing as a person, have meaningful experiences, give back and help others, make new friends, learn about more cultures and lifestyles, achieve something to be proud of, see more, do more, live.

New year; new opportunities

What an amazing year to look forward to! I am positively quivering with excitement just thinking about it.
I will of course keep updating my blog, so I hope you will join me this year as I try my best to conquer each challenge and goal!
Do you have travel goals of your own for 2017? Let me know in the comments- I'd love to read about them. 

Thanks for reading and here's to a great year!

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  1. such great goals! I will be traveling alot in 2017 as well it seems like this year is full of possibilities!

  2. Awesome goals! I used to live on the Gold Coast :D My favourite place in Australia was Kangaroo Island, you should check it out :D Good luck on your blog enjoy the year of travelling :D

  3. So exciting! I love to travel and really hope that I get to visit Bali too! I am putting travel on hold this year because I will be focusing on growing my blog but I hope I will get to resume next year!

    Foirell | www.citygirlrell.com

  4. Such awesome travel goals for the year! Wish I could visit Australia or New Zealand this year, but that will have to wait a couple more years. Everyone's talking about Bali, so I'm sure you'll have a great time!!

  5. Excellent goals! I love traveling too, it is so rewarding!

    xx nicole

  6. Very inspiring post! I love that you have 5 goals this year but they are huge. I know you can achieve them all since now you know what you are passionate about. Keep us posted with your adventures! xx


  7. Very inspiring post! I love that you have 5 goals this year but they are huge. I know you can achieve them all since now you know what you are passionate about. Keep us posted with your adventures! xx


  8. I think you have some great goals there. I noticed you traveled to Vietnam earlier and thats definitely high on my list of places to travel. I also would like to see more of Australia and your post reminded me of this. Thanks for sharing

  9. Love reading about other people's travel plans. I'm working on my 2017 goals as well. One of mine is spending at least two months in one place overseas, which I'm doing already in February when I'm "moving" to Bali :) Happy travels!

  10. Let's keep each other accountable! I definitely want to visit three new countries and that is on my list of things to do!! Thank you for inspiring me!


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