A new year is always a fresh start but I am not the type to make resolutions. I can never keep them so why bother?
Looking out at the aftermath of a blizzard here on the prairies my thoughts turn to where this year's travels will take me. (and why the hell can't I leave today???!!!!)
I do have my trip to Singapore and Cambodia next week which will no doubt be the biggie. To say I am excited about it is an understatement. I never ever take travel for granted. I absolutely love it and I know I am very very lucky to be able to do it. However it is more than luck...but that is for another post. (which I think will be titled "Must be Nice!" - I don't know how many times that has been said to me...)
I have decided this year to focus on overseas travel and my exploration of North America will take a back seat. Not totally gone but not the big focus it was in 2012.
I am planning a trip to the UK in September. It has been a while since I've been to the UK in 'decent' weather so this is the year. Instead of just zoning in on London I will be exploring more of Scotland (I haven't been there since 1994!) and hopefully hiking the Great Glen Way (Fort William to Inverness) with a group, visiting family in Yorkshire (it's been too long!) and doing more day trips out of London in southern England. I am HOPING to stop off in Iceland on the way home and then spend time with family in Toronto. Iceland is at the top of my "go to" list this year.
I am planning to turn a family wedding in southern Alberta in August into a short solo road trip in that province and hopefully Montana. Everyone always says how brave I am but I have never really done too many solo road trips so it's time!! I plan to do some walks along the way and lots of photography!
The Macca man may cause me a side trip or two but hopefully I can combine it with an interesting place, a visit with some good Paul friends and perhaps a new state capital? We shall see!!!
There could be a half marathon or two later on in the year...time will tell...but nothing booked. I do need to get into shape for that 79 mile walk in September though!
That is the beauty of it all - the unknown. It is fun to plan but it is even more fun to see where life takes you.
I have faced the fact I will never have a huge bank account but instead I will have lots of wonderful travel memories and a life I would not trade with anyone else. And that's all that matters.