If you know me personally – or have visited my blog – you’ll know that I enjoy travelling. Especially if it’s off the North American continent.
Last year, I did a couple of short trips state-side and to Jamaica (respectively) — primarily to visit members of my extended family that I hadn’t seen in months or years.
It was nice. It was great to take a week or two off, and just get away from things.
But as much as I liked and appreciated seeing my family, there was something missing …
The sense of discovery. The act of going by myself to a place where I don’t know a soul. The feeling of being a bit uncomfortable or unsure of what to expect. The exercise of figuring out where I am, and where I’m going, without getting lost. Or even the ability of letting myself get lost and finding my way out of it.
It’s been more than two years since I’ve flown more than a few hours to get somewhere … and the itch is intense.
Add to that the fact that I’m part of an online group of black travellers, whose jet-setting ways put me to utter shame and leave me speechless.
If I what I have is simply a travel bug, then they have a full-blown travel syndrome.
They’re expert packers! They jump on glitch fares like cats on mice! I’m simultaneously envious and in awe when I read their anecdotes and look at photos of their travels.
So, it’s time.
My goal this year is to:
Go on one big trip. Right now, it’s a toss-up between Sri Lanka, Ethiopia or Colombia, later in the year.
Go on at least one short-hop trip. Maybe I’ll go back to New York. Or perhaps I’ll stop in Montreal or another Canadian city that I’ve never been to. Or maybe I’ll finally get down to Washington. Or New Orleans! The possibilities are endless. (What’s not endless, however, is my bank account.)
Leave room for a surprise trip. I’m mulling one over as I type this. It all depends on the timing and the bank balance in my savings account. And that’s all I’m saying for now.
Have any travel plans? Is there a destination you’re considering this year? Are you looking to knock a city or country off your bucket list? Or are you just going with the flow and playing it by ear? Maybe we can inspire each other. Leave me a comment below!