We can all admit right now that 2016 tap danced on everyone’s last nerve.
Thankfully, 2017 offers us a clean slate.
With everyone focused on the #newyearnewme mentality, this is the time of year where we are all overly optimistic about our plans for the New Year.
And every year we make resolutions. And every year we break them just as easily.
Look, I’ll be the first to admit that I struggle with sticking to resolutions.
From working out more, to being more organized to planning more “me time,” my resolutions typically have a shelf-life of 1-6 weeks – and that’s on a good year.
So, almost like clockwork, two weeks after jotting down my 2017 Resolutions and pinning it to my bedroom mirror as a constant in-my-face reminder, I can safely say I’ve fallen off the wagon.
That is, except for two things on my list.
I’ve already shared with you guys my 2017 Reading Challenge. To be honest, I am blown away by the response to this challenge. (If you’re an avid reader or if you just want to challenge yourself to read more, I recommend you give our original story a read and head over to our Facebook group to join in.)
The second resolution was to travel more.
Now, as a travel blogger, having that resolution is hardly unique and (in some ways) its part of my job description, but sticking to this resolution is a big thing for me in 2017.
Between work complications, family and friend obligations and (to be honest) sometimes a sheer lack of motivation, 2016 was a quiet year travel wise.
So when I thought hard of what I wanted to accomplish in the New Year, breaking out of my comfort zone and pushing myself to travel to even more locations was at the top of my list.
And I’m happy to say that 2017 is gearing up to be the “Year of Travel” here at The Girl Who Wanders.
With 9 trips already in the books, I’ve thrown out the #newyearnewme resolution in favor of a set of #newyearnewdestination goals.
Here’s a quick look at this year’s biggest destinations:
This year, one of my biggest travel resolutions is to finish off my American Grand Tour which includes setting foot in all 50 U.S. states. To date, my count is 37/50, so this year is going to be a hustle!
Here’s what I’ve got booked so far..
I have to admit, Nashville has never been at the top of my travel wish list. Despite the city’s perfect blend of country roots and hipster present, the city has always come off as a tourist trap. But over the years, Nashville has quickly emerged as one of the darlings of the South. Honestly, my motivation to go is 100% driven by the food. Nashville’s farm-to-table mainstays have been making major waves on the foodie scene recently. With the amount of drool-worthy photo’s pouring into my social media channels, this was a destination I couldn’t say no to in 2017.
To me, Atlanta is one of the most underrated travel destinations heading into the New Year. Plus there is the added benefit that it currently one of the most wallet friendly destinations you can head to right now.
Louisville may get it’s claim to fame from the Kentucky Derby and Muhammad Ali (the city’s most famous son), but it’s the city’s bar scene that is currently breathing new life into this medium-sized American hotspot. This workhorse town is the middle of a true renaissance right now and I’m completely drawn to the vibe of this 21st century comeback kid.
Vegas Baby! Alright, I don’t need to explain too much about why heading off to the City of Sin is one of my most anticipated trips. What makes this trip so special this year is it is one of only two trips in 2017 where I’ll have my “squad” in tow.
Hello, Emerald City. Seattle has been on my watch list for a long time so being able to finalize my plans to visit later this year was a big win for me. Outside of the obligatory trip to the Space Needle, I can’t wait to take in the incredible views Mt. Rainer National Park has to offer.
Calling all artists and art enthusiasts – Albuquerque is waiting for you. Albuquerque is a city of inspiration. Currently, the arts and culture industry provides more jobs for New Mexico than either construction or manufactory. With that kind of vibrant collection packed into one of the most populated cities in America, I can already feel the inspiration seeping into my skin.
This is easily my biggest (and longest trip) planned to so far in 2017. In September, I’m jet setting off to spend 10 Days exploring 4 different cities in the beautiful Costa Rican jungle. From zip lining to white water rafting to lounging on the stunning beaches in Manuel Antonio State Park, this is sure to be a trip of a lifetime.
Iceland’s popularity has kicked into high gear over the last year. With flights as low as $400 roundtrip, tourists and travelers have been pouring into this Nordic getaway recently. Personally, I can’t wait to explore the expansive ice caves and plethora of thermal hot springs Iceland has to offer.
Let’s just admit right now that almost all of our lives would be better if we lived in Amsterdam. It’s essentially a wonderland for adults. Outside of its “drug-friendly” image that draws in thousands of visitors each year, Amsterdam is an especially beautiful city. Often called the “Venice of the North,” Amsterdam is known for its breathtaking 17th century canals.
While the rest of the year isn’t entirely set in stone, there’s a strong chance we’ll be updating this list very soon.
Truth is, whether you’re a tourist, avid traveler or travel groupie, adding more travel to 2017 should be on everyone’s resolution list.
Do you have any travel resolutions or destinations planned in 2017? I’d love to hear your 2017 Travel Story! So make sure to leave a comment down below.