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