At the end of last year I decided to review my life, which sounds like a massive task, but really it’s sitting down and actively thinking about what you do which makes you happy or indeed unhappy, thinking about what you want to improve on and as a result doing more of what you love and less or working on actively changing or accepting what you don’t love.
There were no surprises when the activity that came top of my list was travelling. Whatever is happening with me whenever I travel or start to plan or even think about travelling I am in my calm, happy and inspired place, free of any stress and worries. I usually do three to four trips a year based on no real schedule other than want or visiting certain people. But in order to increase my happiness I felt it necessary to amp up the travelling frequency…
For 2017 I have decided to go on a trip a month. This is quite a commitment and more than anything the financial strain of these trips is a little worrying, but it will add to the challenge and teach me about looking for different kinds of trips and think of more economical and free activities that I can do. As I am a person really driven by reaching goals I decided to come up with a list of additional fun goals to achieve on these trips over the year. They are:
- Travel abroad to two thirds (that’s eight countries).
- Visit at least one new country
- Cycle to one (the most challenging IMHO)
- Drive to/in one
- Camp in one
- Couchsurf in one
- Go to a local meetup
- Go to at least 1 UK city I haven’t been to before
- Try a new activity
- Have a conversation with a local in their native language
- Organise an event in one
- Travel with an old friend
- Travel with a new friend
My first trip is at the end of January to Hamburg, which was booked completely on a whim and encouraged by a very cheap flight price, but as I research more about the city I get that feeling again, the one that reminds me that setting this challenge is the right thing to do for me; happiness.