01 Nov

30 Days Of Indie Travel: Travel Goals

This month BootsnAll is hosting a project encouraging bloggers to look back on a year of travel and share stories of travel and fun. Sometimes we forget about the great places we go or the fabulous experiences we have; or perhaps there is some travel that we don’t at first consider to be ‘travel’. This is a great way to re-envision what travel means to us and realize that we all travel more than we think!

Todays Topic: Travel Goals

Seems that now that I’m back in the cubicle world all I ever think about is not being in the cubicle! And, with limited vacation time I am obsessed with making the most of my time off.

Having travel goals for the year makes all the difference.

Looking back at our travel goals for 2011 I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out:

  • We attended the first ever World Domination Summit in Portland, meeting a bazillion amazing people and learning that we are our own worst enemies when it comes to creating roadblocks for ourselves. Portland is the first N.American city I have ever visited that gave Vancouver a run for its money as most livable…the beer is outstanding…you have to go and try it!
  • TBEX11 (a travel blogging conference) was held in Vancouver just two weeks later. I had tons of fun putting faces to blog names and meeting people who I had only ever chatted with on-line. I could have done better with the connecting though (damned introversion!) and hope to head to Keystone, Colorado this summer to try again.
  • The third goal was to visit Jason’s parents in Ottawa and combine it with a trip to¬†Philadelphia¬†to see our friends Keith and Amy and maybe even see NYC and/or Boston. We got half way there and did manage a trip to the Ottawa area but there just wasn’t enough time to go any further.

Plus we moved!! Part one of our Responsibly Irresponsible plan was to move somewhere else in Canada and, in April, we moved one province over to Calgary, Alberta. We’re really enjoying it here so far and are spending lots of time exploring the mountains and prairies as well as the pubs and restaurants. A great start to the overall plan. (Shameless Plug: Check out our AroundAlberta blog to see all the great stuff here!)

We’re hoping 2012 will be just as busy with travel and, in fact, just this weekend we were counting up our vacation days and allocating them to the 2012 travel plan.

  • In January we’ll head to Ontario again to visit J’s parents. It’ll be winter but they have a cozy home with a great view of a wilderness backyard. We’ll visit and enjoy each others company – probably have to chop some wood and do some snow blowing too – stuff we never get to do here so it’ll be fun.
  • I’d like to visit my parents on the West Coast too…maybe Easter?
  • TBEX12 is near Denver, Colorado this summer and I’m thinking I’d like to go again. The conference itself is not that fabulous but I plan on making better use of my time this time round and hope to make some good connections.
  • The next World Domination Summit is in Portland again – it was so amazing, how could we not go again?
  • Our friends Kim and Brian are starting their RTW this summer with a road trip through the US National Parks and I’m hoping beyond hope that we can somehow hook up with them somewhere in the western part of their tour – ideally in conjunction with one of the conferences.
  • And the Big Hairy Audacious Goal for 2012 is….Japan!! We cut Japan from our RTW itinerary about halfway through our trip. We realized that it was just too expensive for that budget and we really wanted to do it right. So, we’ve been saving and are hoping to visit Japan in September for three weeks. I’m trying to take my lessons from Slow Travel to heart and hope not to go crazy with the itinerary but…we’ll see.

That’s it. Not bad really for a couple of cubicle dwellers.

What are your travel goals for 2012? Setting them out can make all the difference when it comes to actually going where you want to go!

17 thoughts on “30 Days Of Indie Travel: Travel Goals

  1. You are right – not bad for two cubicle dwellers ;) a cubicle umm, PRISONER myself (lol), I got some epic BHAGs for the rest of 2011 and 2012 as well. The main one, in fact, is to ESCAPE the cubicle – or at least upgrade to an office abroad hahaha! ;) You can read aaaall about that on a post I wrote related to Prompt One as well. GO US!!! ;)


    ps – my post was too long already to add that I will try to make it to at least one Travel bloggers conference next year. Maybe I can spare a weekend for WDS in Portland or TBEX in Denver – would be awesome I’m sure! Thanks for the reminder btw – I almost forget to add those to my 2012 travel bucket list! ;) haha
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  2. This is funny because as of 2 months ago, I already had all my PTO days figured out for next year. Since we’re still in saving mode for our big RTW trip, vacation has to be creative next year. We’re going to Bend with some friends in January for a long weekend, staying in wine country (in OR still) for my half marathon in July, then spending a blissful week of leisure at my uncle’s cabin in northern Idaho. It’s not much, but it’ll keep me going for awhile. Being in NYC for a few days last month reignited my excitement for travel and exploring. I can’t believe I have to wait almost another 2 years to get going!
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  3. No RTW plans for us……just seeing the world in one small step at a time :) We did go to Japan in 2010 for 2 weeks (WISHED IT HAD BEEN MORE!) – in fact, I originally discovered your OGS website while researching backpacks and packing cubes (bless the person who invented packing cubes!)………I digress……..Japan was fabulous, although, be forewarned that there are significant challenges around the language, and trains! We ended up booking through Intrepid and had a small group of 10 + guide and it was the right choice for us for a first time visit. I can say without a doubt that there would have been much frustration and many missed trains if we had been on our own. Now, Lonely Planet does a fantastic job, and yes, next time we might venture on our own, but the country is phenominal, P H E N O M I N A L! We went at the end of October specifically to take in the magnificent fall colours – stunning. We started in Tokyo and zig zagged our way via train to Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto – flew home from Osaka. You will love it!

      • I hear you on the travel budget when it comes to booking a tour, and if you compare to other Intrepid itineraries, this was a little dear, but well worth it. I liked the small group – there were 10 of us. The guide was fluent in Japanese (trust me on this, a HUGE help). There is nary a sign in English in that entire country that makes sense – I mean, they do try, and it’s a crack up. For example, we visited the Mazda factory when we were in Hiroshima – when we exited the train stain there was a very small sign that read “Zoom zoom” and an arrow……….it kind of felt like being in the Amazing Race and decyphering clues along the way. Also signs in the train station that say “Exit for Party” – just to give you a teaser….we had free time within the context of the tour itinerary, and of course built our confidence up to voyage out on our own to other towns on the trains. Our biggest regret was not spending more time on our own before and after the tour – we just couldn’t manage any more time off work, but I would spend more time in Tokyo itself, and especially in the Kyoto area.

  4. First of all, meeting up for the road trip MUST HAPPEN. I think the timing will be perfect, actually. Especially for the June conference in Portland. Second, I read that Japan Tourism Board is giving away 10,000 free tickets to Japan next year??? Have you heard about that?

  5. W H A T ? ? ? ? OMG – Cheap is good, free is BETTER!!!! I am so going immediately to that website – I can’t even beleive I stopped here to type first – thanks Kim…………I mean, Arigato gozaimashita!!!!!!

  6. Congratulations on a great year and an even better 2012. When you come to Ontario we will have to meet up for a drink. We’re in the London area, Woodstock to be exact but we are in Toronto quite a bit as well. All the best to you!

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