2016 Goals for Travel and Life

“Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.”

~Charles Kettering

I am a big fan of SMART goals. So with this new year upon us, I decided to build on what I have learned from this year and make some new goals. I still hold my Wanderlustful Part 1 and Part 2 goals, but here’s looking to 2016 and all that it has in store. These are my 2016 goals for travel and life.

#1 See 3-5 new countries

This one is pretty self explanatory from a travel blogger perspective. And if I am going to make my goal of 40 countries before 40, I need to get on it. I also have my goal of one new state and one new country every year. I already have one new state and country set up in the first two months of 2016, so I am looking forward to seeing how many amazing new sites I can visit throughout the year.

And be sure to check in regularly, as I run the ‘Where in the World is BarrisTourista?’ contest where readers can guess on my location and win a local care package from my location.Β 

#2 Be more social

This year, I started delving more into social media, and I want to increase that even more in 2016. I am really going to make a concerted effort to rock Instagram and Pinterest, so stay tuned for more dope pics coming from my social feed.

#3 Create new galleries and create prints for sale

I want to continue working on my photography and shooting. But I have so many galleries that I haven’t even had time to edit and post on the site. So I want to expand my galleries to offer my followers a visual depiction of my travels and adventures. And I plan to make some prints available for purchase as wall art or otherwise. I love having beautiful, original photos and works of art in my house, so I want to bring my photos to you to inspire your wanderlust.

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#4 Increase my product offerings

This one is already in the works. I have just added two digital products (travel planning workbook and travel budget sheets packet), and in 2016, I am looking to create more digital products. Also, new products and expansions to my BarrisTourista Travel Store lines are in the works, so stay tuned!

#5 Travel solo again

I travel quite a bit domestically solo, so I would like to take another solo trip either domestically or internationally. I had such an amazing time traveling solo internationally in Panama and Vancouver, that I want to do it again.

#6 Volunteer more

I need to work on this ASAP. This ties in with my goal to volunteer abroad. If I get the opportunity, I want to try to do that this year. But even if not abroad yet, I want to get back into volunteering locally. It is so immensely important, and sometimes life gets hectic and I fell off. That’s going to change in 2016.

#7 Bring you more L.A. from a local perspective

I love to explore the world from the perspective of a local, so this year I want to bring you more of my locale, Los Angeles. It’s a pretty cool city, so I think I shall share more of it with you. So please let me know, what do you want to see/learn about/get recommendations on?

Seven is a great number of completion, so I’ll stop there. What are your travel-related and life goals for 2016?


I am a lawyer. I am a journalist. I am a writer. I am a photographer. And I love to travel.

25 comments on “2016 Goals for Travel and Life”

  1. Awesome goals! My travel goal is to see a new continent this year! I’m thinking Australia or Africa since I’ve already been to North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

    Happy New Year,

  2. I want to travel at least 5 places this year. Last year we did about 3 places so I want to up it. We had so much fun traveling and it was the first time as a family we traveled like that.

    1. Great goal Kita! And totally manageable with all of the deals that I have seen in travel just since Christmas. They are amazing! And if you need help planning check out my Travel Sense & Cents Workbook. I have been using it to get my travel stuff together and it is so helpful to have a visual look at what is upcoming and be able to compare prices for the best deal. πŸ˜‰ http://barristourista.com/resources/products/

  3. There’s a place that I’d like to go in the Berkshires, it’s called Kripralu. I’ve been getting their catalogue for year. I’d like make a reality this year. Love this post!!!!

    1. Aisha, thanks so much! I just released my first digital products, which are the Travel Sense & Cents Workbook and Travel Sense & Cents Budget Sheets to help people plan their 2016 travel (and both are under $7). Be sure to check them out at barristourista.com/resources/products! πŸ™‚

  4. My travel goal for 2016 is to finally make it to New Orleans. I’ve heard so many things about it. I’ve watched so many things about it, now I just need to add in my own personal account.

    Great goals, can’t wait to read about them.

    1. Thanks so much Valerie! I am going to have to work hard to get there, but I am so excited about the process. So what countries top the top of your list to hit before the big 4-0? πŸ™‚

  5. Excellent goals! I love to travel too, and I can’t wait to read about your upcoming adventures. I love the ideas of 40 countries before 40. I didn’t take my first serious trip until then. So, please keep pushing. You’re inspiring me πŸ™‚

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