People who are planning RTW travel often have travel related goals (30 countries before 30, see every county in Europe etc).
I have some of these types of travel-related goals – although mine tend to be super quirky. For example, I love theater and my favorite TV show is the West Wing. I love to see people from the West Wing in plays and am always looking for opportunities to do this when I’m traveling.
Non-Travel Related Goals for Big Trips
However, the goals I’m most interested in tend to be personal, non-travel related goals.
I get the feeling I’m not the only one who sets these kinds of personal goals for their travels.
Goal setting for my open-ended trip that starts next week.
I’m super lucky in that I love my work.
However I don’t have enough balance in my life. I’m scared that if I keep overworking it’s going to have costs later. For example, it’s easy to throw myself into work and not put enough thought into the decision about whether to have children. I don’t want the clock to run down on my fertility and realize I didn’t take the time to really think the decision through.
Overall I want to spend more time thinking about things that aren’t work. Currently my work-life balance typically consists of working 9am till 11pm during the week, and then collapsing on the weekend.
Since my first stop on this trip is 5 weeks in Hawaii, where better to attempt to practice chilling out a bit. My specific goal is to be able to sit at the beach for 30 minutes without multitasking anything (e.g., without writing a blog post in my head). Honestly at the moment I’m not sure I could even do 3 minutes. My brain is so conditioned that any time I have down time, I use it for thinking and problem solving time.
Kathryn has two goals (1) to lose the 8lbs she’s put on in the last couple of months from comfort eating her way through the stress of leaving her job and packing up the house!
(2) Her other goal is to become less avoidant of stuff. For example, through packing up the house we’ve realized all the things we should’ve done sooner. For example, various repairs and maintenance we tend to let slide. Also, we’ve ended up with an untidy house because of how much stuff we tend to keep e.g., both of us tend to keep the packaging off things appliances, we’ve kept tons of old towels and linens etc. Now that the house is bare and ready to be moved out of, we’re realizing what a tidy house we could’ve lived in if we hadn’t held on to some much stuff.
What are the goals you’ve made for yourself for past trips? What are the goals you plan on making for your next big trip?
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