Wednesday, 1 January 2014

My 5 Travel Resolutions For 2014

I’m keenly looking forward to 2014 – I’m curious to know where I am headed next. I don’t believe in making a travel bucket-list or stating where I want to go, because I don’t have the power to control my life. If I were a millionaire, I would have traveled to all my favorite places. But that’s not the case, so I have to just wait and watch.

I care less about where I will be going, but I care more about how I will be exploring a destination, learning through it and enriching myself. I want to grow as a traveler this year. I want to be more conscious, more creative and more fervent.

I have listed down my 5 resolutions for being a better traveler this year –

Want to be a better traveler in 2014

1. Cut down on my travel mistakes

You can refer to 9 Travel Mistakes I Have Made. As travelers, we all fall short of something or the other. No trip can be perfect. But from now onward, I will try to make the least number of travel mistakes. I will be more conscious and researched, but without losing my spontaneity.

I firmly believe it’s important to be spontaneous on a trip. I am an extremely spontaneous traveler and I love that about myself. I don’t like anybody telling me what I should be doing to have more fun or how to discover a place better. I like doing things my way. So I would like to keep it that way with more awareness and less goof-ups.

2. Take better travel photographs

Take a step forward as a travel photographer

Taking pictures is my number one priority on a holiday. Thus, I want to grow as a travel photographer. I want to be exceptionally creative with my travel pictures. (There are times when I look at some of my pictures later and think, why didn’t I get a little closer to the subject or why didn’t I try a better angle.) I want to hone my photography skills and have some unusual travel pictures in my collection.

So, it’s a year to challenge myself as a travel photographer.

3. Focus more on food and restaurants

Want something 'new' on my plate!

Food is one of my favorite aspects of travel. This year, I intend to explore some interesting and unique eating places in my own city and also wherever else I go. I want to go a little adventurous with food on my upcoming trips.

As a traveler and as a foodie, I will make it a point to try cuisines that are lesser known, yet delectable.

4. Take longer trips – Slow travel

Easy, relaxed and slow...

I usually take two to three-day trips, which I want to change this year. I want to stick around at a place for a little longer. I want to have more relaxed travel experiences. Although I manage to be spontaneous even on a two-day trip, I’d like to spend at least a week at a place. I want to experience ‘slow travel’. I want to take it easy, watch a sunset without going berserk with my camera, take a morning walk, have breakfast at a local cafĂ© and do many other simple things. 
       
5. Revisit an old destination with a new eye

Shimla - Still has surprises!


It may sound funny, but I’m really itching to visit one of the hackneyed destinations like Shimla, Mussoorie or even Lucknow and explore them with a new perspective. I find it a superior art to extract something ‘unusual’ or ‘unexpected’ from a touristy destination than to simply visit a lesser known one. Of course, I want to visit a lot of offbeat places too, but I really feel that every destination, no matter how popular it is, has the ability to surprise.

As I finish writing this post, we are already in 2014 and that makes me really excited! I hope to have a great travel year with lots of new experiences, memories and milestones.

Now over to you! What travel resolutions have you made for this year?

36 comments:

  1. I can see an exciting year ahead for you :) looking forward to reading about your adventures! Happy new year !

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    1. Thanks Pallavi :) Even I am looking forward to reading my own adventures!

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  2. Wish you enjoy your journeys much more in 2014! Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Thanks and wish you the same, Nevin!

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  3. Best wishes for fulfillment of your dreams of 2014!

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    1. Thanks so much, Indrani :) Wish you the same!

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  4. All the best and wish you a happy new year!!

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    1. Thanks Aravind :) Wish you the same!

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  5. Happy New year to you Renuka! And best wishes for your travel resolutions... They are great:-) I would like to travel more in India this year... and also improve photo skills..:-) All the best

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    1. Thanks Eli :) Glad you enjoyed the post! All the best for your travels in 2014!

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  6. May all your travel dreams come true in 2014. Also, travel far and wide!

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    1. Thanks so much, Niranjan :) Yes, I hope to travel far and wide this year!

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  7. happy new year with lots of travel!!!

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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  8. This is a great list - thanks for posting.

    I definitely agree with you: it isn't about where you travel, but how you do it, and your experiences when you get there. The world is full of new and exciting places to explore, and any of them could strike a chord. You never know until you try a place for yourself.

    Hope you have a fabulous 2014!

    www.secondhandhedgehog.com

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    1. Thanks Katie :) I appreciate the way you've comprehended the meaning of this post. You too have great 2014!

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  9. These are really good recommendations Renuka...I will steal some of these :)

    Happy traveling in the new year to you...

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    1. Thanks Siddhartha :) Glad you liked the post. :)

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  10. I definitely want to work on travel photos more as well! Always something to learn. Happy new year and looking forward to 2014 adventures :)

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    1. Thanks Samantha :) Yes, travel photographs are memories, mementos, souvenirs or whatever you want to call it. Thus, it's important to record great travel shots.

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  11. I wish you a lovely year ahead and may all your dreams come true!! Wonderful blog!!

    Well I was wondering if we could follow each other via bloglovin, gfc and g+? Do visit my blog and let me know!! :)
    http://www.myglossyaffair.com

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    1. Thanks Charu for stopping by and commenting :) I'll definitely head to your blog if something grips me. Have a great year ahead!

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  12. Best wishes for your travel resolutions... I am also like you when you say no bucket list for you. Things happen on their own but your resolutions will take you places & make you grow.

    Wish you a very Happy Year, full of Travel.

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    1. Thanks Nisha, for stopping by and extending such nice wishes :) Yes, being spontaneous about travel is more fun and rewarding in its own way.

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  13. I'm so glad to follow a travel blogger from India. It is a pleasure with or without resolutions. Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks Mette :) Welcome to the blog!

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  14. Ah, my resolutions are the same as yours; though not sure how much slow travel I can achieve with a hectic work schedule. Cheers to great travels in 2014!

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    1. :) Glad to know you share the same travel resolutions as mine! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  15. I can relate to this post, especially the part about getting better at travel photography.

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    1. Thanks Stefania :) I'm glad you liked the post. Wishing you a great travel photography year!

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