The New Year is almost here, and what better time to reflect on what has passed and what is to come? Being the kind of person I am (one who never stops learning and loves to research!), I am excited about taking on new projects and going in new directions. My “next big things” (which are just things I’m pretty excited about) as 2013 begins are…
1) Quality travel: I am super excited to focus on travel from a somewhat new perspective. (I say “somewhat” because my view of travel has always included this consideration–though I wasn’t always aware of it–and because I’m not the only one.) To me the term “quality travel” is travel that seeks out the authentic, includes real experiences, and is respectful of local people and places. Other terms like slow, sustainable, or green travel may be involved, but not necessarily. As I will explain in a detailed post coming soon, quality travel is not just better, it’s also becoming a necessity in the new world reality we all face.
2) Travel Mindset: I am writing for a new interactive travel website called Travel Mindset, set to launch in early 2013. My articles focus on off-beat experiences, ways travelers can immerse themselves in a place, and fun travel ideas for Northern California.
3) Giving back: I was thrilled to participate in Passports with Purpose this year. They raised more than $110,000! That money will go to build wells and provide a sustainable source of clean water for people in Haiti. If you donated, thank you so much! You know what an exciting and amazing project it is. I am already looking forward to participating again next November-December!
I also wrote about my reluctance to participate in the insanity that revolves around the holiday season and my interest in giving back to others. I am still finishing up some of my giving back projects, but it felt wonderful to choose to limit gifts and instead to pick out which charities I would donate to for Christmas.
Soon after, I decided to channel some of that energy into my work on this blog in two ways. First, I will from time to time highlight charities that I especially like–the fit is natural since a love of travel is a love of people and the world. Second, I have committed to donating 25% of everything I make from this blog to charity, and I hope to increase that percentage soon. (It’s not much, since blogging doesn’t bring in big bucks, but it is something every month).
4) Getting organized: Finally, on a personal note, I should share with you that one of my greatest faults is terrible organization. I used to have an excellent memory and have always been a fast worker, so not having good organization wasn’t a big problem because I could sort of get away with it. However, as my life continues to be busy and my memory is not as sharp as it was pre-kids, I can’t get away with it anymore, and I get really frustrated with myself when my lack of organization causes a problem. My goal is to get organized! If I could get organized, I could change my life, so there is no excuse not to do it. First step: get off the computer!
What are your next big things, the changes are you looking forward to in 2013?