Set better goals.

While out with friends on New Year’s Eve, talk eventually turned to 2016 resolutions.

“I don’t really have any resolutions this year,” I told them. “I guess I just want to make it through in one piece.”

“That’s it?!” one friend’s boyfriend asked. “Your goal is to survive?!”

“Well did you hear what I’m doing this year!?” I countered.

But he had, and in case you haven’t, here’s the plan: Starting in mid-February, I’ll be taking this show on the road.

My first stop is in South Africa, followed by Madagascar, Israel, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand. Plus a little safari through Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe… and a quick skip over to Jordan.

Or, at least, that’s what’s booked as of today. All told, I plan to spend 10 or 11 months working my way through that itinerary.

And I say “plan,” because there’s part of me, however small, that realizes this trip won’t be all photo ops and postcards. It’s not easy to live out of a suitcase for the better part of a year, which is why I already gave myself the option of ending earlier should I decide that I want to.

I guess that means that even my one goal – “to just make it through” – isn’t all that firm.

So, at the advice of my friends, I reconsidered my 2016 resolutions. Here are ten things I’ll do this year… besides make it through.

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    • don’t you know it! last time i traveled, i shared words of wisdom about not hitting one’s head on a mailbox. so, i mean… we can only go up.
      thanks for reading! happy new year!!

    • aw! well i’ll try not to let you down! i’m going to keep my once a week schedule here, writing one long-ish piece. but i’m also going to try writing mini-posts – shorter, less tied to any real theme – on instagram. If you’d like to follow: @adviceineeded. I’ll follow you back!

    • Amazing! I am definitely coming. I’ll be there for the whole month of September and part of August and October. I fly out of HCMC… so I will for sure be in touch and take you up on that offer! xoxoxox

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