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Gadling's 2011 New Year's travel resolutions
In the spirit of New Year's, I asked my fellow Gadling contributors about their travel resolutions for the coming year, and came up with some of my own. Our goals are all over the map (no pun intended), but a common theme emerged. Despite our love of exotic adventures, most of us want to spend more time exploring in our own backyard (that would be the United States). That, and invent musical underwear.
- Go on my first cruise.
- Spend a weekend somewhere without Internet access, and, if I survive that...
- Celebrate the Fourth of July with my family in Banner Elk, North Carolina, home of the quintessential small-town Independence Day. There's a three-legged race, a rubber ducky race down a mountain stream, and a parade filled with crepe paper, balloons, and every kid and dog in town.
- Quit my "day job" so I can do this full-time.
- Get back in shape after a two-year battle with Oroya Fever (contracted in Ecuador), and climb a volcano in Bolivia.
- Finally start exploring my adopted state of Washington, especially the Olympic Peninsula.
- Visit India for the first time; see if it's possible to subsist on street food without getting dysentery.
- Learn to wear DEET at all times when traveling in countries that harbor nearly-impossible-to-diagnose diseases like Oroya Fever.
- Get back to Ethiopia.
- Explore Green Spain (the north part of the country).
- Show my son a non-Western culture.
- Invent an underwear stereo that plays cheap jazz music when subjected to a TSA patdown.
- Drive cross country.
- See the Grand Canyon (finally).
- Finally learn how not to overpack.
- And, for the fifth year in a row, I resolve to learn how to play the keytar (2011 has got to be the year!).
- Bound and determined to visit my 50th state, Alaska.
- Dead-set on relocating a childhood friend of mine back to North Carolina, and then taking him on a road trip of some sort.
- Visit more places where I know people.
- Be in more travel pictures and get my husband out from behind the
- camera occasionally.
- Take at least one guidebook-free and paperless trip. Okay, maybe one map.
- Take better notes. I might think I'll always remember the name of that fun-looking restaurant or weird sign I want to translate, but it's easy to forget when you're taking in so many new things.
- See more of Turkey while I still live here. I spend so much time traveling to nearby countries, I have to be sure to see the landscape of Cappadocia and eat the food in Gaziantep before I go back to the U.S..
- Travel a bit less and work a bit more [Sure, Grant!].
- Travel less alone, and more with my husband.
- More open-jaw travel, flying into one destination and traveling by land to another before returning home. It's my favorite way to see a new or familiar territory--gradually and without any backtracking. I need to do it more often.
- More thematic consistency in my travels. Instead of scrambling to meet whatever assignment comes my way, I want my travels in the next year to be focused on a region or two, and on a number of overarching questions or issues. I'm still collecting ideas: Remote European mountain villages? Neglected second-tier cities? The Caucasus?
- Northern Cyprus. Have been wanting to visit since I was a kid. 2011's the year.
- To take back the name "Globetrotters" from the Harlem basketball team.
- To introduce eggnog and lutefisk to southeast Asia.
- To eat fewer vegetables.
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