We’re already nearly a week into the new year and I’m just starting to think about travel resolutions as they pertain my family and me. We did a lot last year, but I don’t know that we necessarily made the most of our travel experiences and opportunities. Here are four resolutions I’m making now for 2014:
1. Travel somewhere outside my comfort zone. I wouldn’t go anywhere where my safety is in jeopardy, but I’m thinking about taking my older girls (ages 8 & 10) to Reykjavik in February. Yes, Iceland. The experience looks amazing – Northern Lights, Blue Lagoon – but I’m hesitant. I’m nervous about just-above-freezing temperatures, wacky foods (i.e., rotten shark meat), outdoor adventures (in the cold). It makes me uncomfortable, but I know it would be amazing, so I should just do it.
2. Experiment with native foods. When I travel with my kids, we don’t experiment a lot (at all) with local foods. Don’t judge, but when we went to Prague in December 2012, we ate dinner at TGI Friday’s two nights in a row, if not three. In an unfamiliar city, it was nice to eat somewhere familiar with menu items I knew, like French onion soup. This year, I’ll try, and get my kids to try, the local cuisines.
3. Learn and use the local language. I have two Rosetta Stone language sets that sit next to my desk, one for German and one for French. They’ve been sitting there for quite some time. This time, I’ll actually pop the CDs in, learn some of the languages, and then go somewhere I can use a few words or sentences (we’re seriously considering a home exchange in Montreal this summer, so French could come in handy).
4. Create travel scrapbooks. My older girls have now been to a variety of cities and countries (Ireland, Austria, France, Florida Keys, etc.) and we’ve done fun things while in those areas, but we’ve never taken the time to document our travels. We all have cameras, so this will be the year we take and develop pictures, add in some ticket stubs and postcards, and create travel scrapbooks to share with family.
Do you have any travel resolutions for the new year? Let me know in the comments section below.
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