2015 has been one hell of a year. So many places visited, so much fear conquered, and a handful of lessons learned along the way. I’ve crossed off a few things in my wanderlist and added a bunch more. But hey, that’s how falling in love with adventure works, right? With all the travel goals I’ve successfully put to reality for 2015, let me share with you my favorites. I can only imagine what 2016 has in store for me!
1.) Go backpacking.
I’ve dreamed it, schemed it, plotted it, and finally gathered the balls to execute it. It was everything I’ve imagined and more and it was definitely the best way to start off 2015. In January and February, I tackled Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam on my own with a tight budget to get me by. From eating Pad Thai and Tom Yum in Thailand everyday, exploring temples in Cambodia, and to traveling through the coast of Vietnam, crossing borders the way I did was definitely one of my best experiences in 2015.
Who knew I could lock the princess in me on a box and rough it entirely? It amazes me how far I could go with a very limited amount of money. People always say you should wait until you can splurge before embarking on a journey. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, if that’s your preference. But I, on the hand, believe that it could be just as fun. To me, it was even more meaningful that way. I was instantly hooked, and throughout the year, I did a few more short backpacking trips around the Philippines. I can’t wait for more in 2016. (READ: How To Backpack Southeast Asia for Under $1000/month)
2.) Fall in love with hiking.
I HATED hiking. I also have mild scoliosis and I didn’t even realize that it was actually affecting my physical activities until I realized one time that I was the only person complaining about my back. Don’t worry, it’s very tolerable. That’s why I didn’t even realize it wasn’t entirely normal. Anyway, earlier this year, I hiked my first volcano, Mt. Pinatubo, and well, I can’t really say I fell in love with it right away. But the sense of accomplishment at the end was undoubtedly an addicting feeling. After that, I embarked on more adventures that required hiking. I went canyoneering, spelunking, and even climbed mountains! This 2016, I want to make sure that I include hiking in my agenda even more than I did in 2015. That’s the beauty of travel– it forces you to do things you don’t want to, and if you’re lucky like me, you’ll end up loving it.
3.) Discover more under the sea.
I’ve always been a beach girl and that’s very apparent in here and my Instagram. However, I wasn’t really the best swimmer. I could barely catch up with my husband so that was a little lame. Don’t get it twisted though, I can swim and I can handle being in the middle of the ocean. But somehow, I have a hard time diving under. Until recently, I’m finally on my way mastering free diving and I’m extremely excited about it because I’ve always been so intrigued with the life down under. What’s the point of traveling if you’re only seeing it from above the surface right?
This year, I was able to swim with whale sharks and turtles, thousands of sardines, and plenty of other marine creatures. To keep this accomplishment progressive, my goal for 2016 is to scuba dive! I made plans many times this year, but every time the day comes, we’re faced with a typhoon or something unfortunate like that.
4.) Endless solo adventures.
The first time I journeyed solo in 2013, I was instantly hooked. I’ve always been one of those free souls living recklessly with complete abandon. But, solo travel is freedom like I’ve never known before. And THAT was addicting. I do love traveling with my husband or my friends, but solo travel is different. You rely only on yourself and your instincts, you learn countless of things, and truth is, you’re never truly alone. Besides backpacking earlier this year, I’ve gotten around to many places on my own. And honestly, I don’t really need a reason why. I just do it, because I can. And you know it isn’t about to stop in 2016 either. (READ: How To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone In 5 Simple Steps)
5.) Explore my own backyard.
If you don’t have the luxury of time or money, that’s the way to do it. Explore what’s nearby. It taught me how to appreciate the beauty of simplicity. Sometimes, we all tend to take for granted the things that we see on the daily. For instance, I’ve lived next to this volcano lake for two years, and it wasn’t until this year that I finally decided to marvel in its beauty, so I hiked it. I also found a lot of hidden gems close to where I live. From a secret river to a hidden waterfall, who knows what else is there in my backyard to discover? I’ll let you know this year!
6.) Write about my adventures.
I’ve always wanted to, and even started one two years ago. That was abandoned just as quickly as I started it, so in 2015, I finally went ahead and started from scratch. This year, I was able to gather all the inspiration I need to….simply inspire others. Traveling has been so wonderful to me, and I’m sure it will be amazing to others too. I want to encourage, inspire, and urge you that it’s not only feasible– but it’s a beautiful investment as well. It took me so long to finally gather the strength to take on the world, because I didn’t think I could. This 2016, I aim to come up with even more incredible content to spark your wanderlust. So with my voice, I hope to spread the word that adventure is just….truly waiting. (READ: I Urge You To Travel And Here’s Why)
What are your travel resolution accomplishments for 2016? Do you have any 2016 travel goals? Let me know down below!
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