This New Year, we wish to take a new angle to the whole New Year Resolutions game. Instead of cooking up travel promises we might end up not keeping and then pushing it forward to clog the next year resolutions, we will instead keep doable ones which we would feel a lot more guilty not keeping:
1.) Travel Light: This is more of a travel tip than a resolution, but is a must do for couples like us. Our bags are often filled to the point of bursting to keep with our previous year’s resolution of “two bags only”. Having a fashion conscious wife can translate to “great looking pictures” but also rapidly filled bags. Similarly having a geeky husband can translate to “great looking pictures” and also a variety of chargers and lenses. A self-promise to travel light might not really fructify in the coming year, but it could be a step forward to traveling lighter
2.) Spread the joy: For bloggers, this can easily translate into writing a quick blog post on your recent vacation. And no, this is not we’re talking about. Sharing the joy for us means giving someone the means to travel. We are not equipped to be sponsoring trips, heck we barely manage to budget our trips, but maybe finding someone a connection for cheaper travel, giving a stranded traveler a lift on the road, volunteering to cut back on our leaves so that someone can visit their family on Christmas or very simply motivating someone to take the step towards their first self-organized trip.
A gadget free trip: We can already hear our fellow bloggers and photographers shouting “where do we then get our wonderfully photo-shopped pics?” We hear you friends, we are one of you as well. That said, we also realize the essence of a trip like this. We are not asking ourselves to plan a 20 day trip without gadgets; we all need our smart phones and our cameras at the very least for longish trips. We are talking about a “short” long weekend trip (you see what we did there … hehe) to a nearby destination preferably one where we are surrounded by nature, it can be an island retreat or even a mountain resort. We can recall numerous instances where because we were too busy watching the world with the limited view of my lens and missed some beautiful things happening just beside us. We are all for recording memories, but some are just better up there in our mind than the photo-shopped versions we end up sharing. Don’t even get us started on how the smart phones end up hijacking us for a significant chunk of the trip.
Go with the recommended menu: A normal way to go about meals on our trip is one of the following two.
- We are terribly hungry and we end up sitting at the nearest decent looking place serving food
- We pre-book a table at a fancy place which we have researched beforehand and have an idea what we are going to order.
For both the above scenarios, we want to try atleast once during a trip to go with what the waiter or the chef has recommended. When we are hungry we will almost always decide on something which has a quick serving time and end up with more-or-less junk food. For a researched menu, we usually go with someone else’s favorites which may or may not be the best item to order on the menu. A quick chat with whoever is serving us at the café/diner or the chef at a fancy place, can actually remove this dilemma and leave us with a culinary adventure at the very least (we obviously will have to be prepared for the worst case scenario of a not so enjoyable meal)
Go Solo: Coming from a couple blogger with a name like gypsycouple this might sound as little out of the blue and kinda oxymoronic. We believe that the trip does not necessarily have to be a compromise tending towards what we are both OK doing. Our going solo resolution is about the few things we would like to do on your trip but our fellow travelers (maybe even each other) might not. It could be an impromptu hike, a shopping district or even something as simple as a bookstore we’ve always wanted to check out.
We hope to fulfill some if not all of these this year, what about you, do you have any travel resolutions you would like to share with us?