I have been to many countries around the world, and seen some absolutely incredible things along the way. Met some awesome people that further inspired my wanderlust and addiction to travel. However, most of my trips have been on the European continent, and I have only gone to other parts of the world because of my semester abroad in California, or my intense desire to go back to Africa.
I want to see more of the world, meet more people that don’t speak the languages I do, have a different religion to mine. I have always been an impulsive traveller, just booking tickets because there happened to be a sale on at the time and winging it.
But for 2016, I would like to have a more focused approach to my travels. I want my travelling to mean more for me and the things that I have been missing out on. Here are a few of my travel resolutions for the year we have just started!
Travel to a new continent
As mentioned, most of my travels out of the UK have been to mainland Europe. From Belgium to Greece, I have stuck with what I have known, mainly because most of my friends live in Europe. I want to go outside my comfort zone a bit more and see more of the world that doesn’t just look like “London with an accent”. This is not to say that I don’t want to see other European countries, but I’d like a little more!
Meet a friend abroad
I have done this many times before, but I want to do more of this in 2016. There’s nothing quite like meeting up with a friend in a completely new place to where you met them. If they live there and know the area, it just personalises your travel experience. Plus, free couch/bed! This is why I have been to certain countries, 2 or 3 times before. Hey, Sweden, heyyyy!
Make new international friends
Once again, the couch thing! But seriously though, having international friends is good for you health! At least I think so anyway. As I am usually travelling by myself, it is always nice to have a little bit of company. You learn so much about a place by the people that live there and experience the day to day. Your horizons are broadened and you’re just more open minded. So you’re less likely to become Trump Jr.
Get closer to my Nigerian roots
I have been complaining about this to anyone that will listen, I want to go back home! I want to see the land of my ancestors, visit family that I have not seen since I left. I want to learn more about my culture and heritage. And also, the FOOD. Oh good Lord! I love Nigerian food in London, but can you just imagine Nigerian food IN Nigeria? I want to sign up for some of that, please!
Learn to love travel blogging, and not just travelling
My love of travel takes me all over the place in any given year. But writing about said travels? Not so much. I need to get so much better at this, as I do have a lot to say. And I need to stop being so bloody lazy! Come on, Jay, get it together.
While my list is not that long, cuz I have to keep it realistic and think of my poor anaemic bank account! I was recently a part of a twitter chat with BlackTravelista about other people’s travel resolutions for the year, here are some that stood out for me:
As previously mentioned. Travel doesn’t mean going abroad! Go to the park! The museum! Go to a new state. It counts! pic.twitter.com/aXZpk17vDy
— Black Travelista (@BlackTravelista) January 2, 2016
— jayonlife (@herroyalj) January 2, 2016
— Shasha (@busybeingshasha) January 2, 2016
Going on my first solo trip to Dubai in March. I’m nervous as heck! What advice would u give a newbie solo traveler? #travellife16
— grownandcurvywoman (@grownandcurvywo) January 2, 2016
Solo trips to Dubai, travelling via RV around the States, visiting more of my own city? Count me in! What are your travel resolutions for the year, y’all? We’ll be having more Twitter chats about travel resolutions throughout the year, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted! Keep an eye out for the hashtag #travellife16