My goodness time is just flying by this year eh? Seems like just yesterday we were driving around Ireland but we’ve also been to Italy in that time too, and now Canada is just around the corner. Some days it feels like I am in a constant state of planning the next trip, but you know what? I love it! I’m so glad things have turned out the way they have and I’m getting these great opportunities to explore the world.
One thing that has definitely played a part in the trips we take is the travel goals I’ve set. They help us make some decisions on what we see or do although we don’t just see something to reach a goal…well except maybe that housing estate in Berlin. :-) No, the goals are there for something to strive towards and they do give us ideas when we plan where we’d like to go next.
So let’s take a look to see how the goals are coming along so far this year…
Continue working towards my Lifetime Travel Goals .
On our recent trip to Italy we planned most of one day to visit the little country of San Marino and you know what? I think it was my favourite day of the whole trip (well that or the day in Venice…it’s a toss up). San Marino has two fortresses perched high on the hills and the views are absolutely amazing. It also helped that this was on one of the few sunny days we had on the trip so the photos are great- clear blue skies and lush green countryside. Perfection.
New Countries Visited in 2016:
- Ireland (March)
- San Marino (May)
If you have a similar goal to visit UNESCO sites then Italy is the place to go- they have over 50 on their list so far and another 40 places submitted as tentative sites! You can hardly turn around without being in a UNESCO listed church or historic city center. We definitely consulted their list when planning this trip and although I’ve already been to a couple of places on the list I was still able to add seven more to work towards my goal of seeing 16 this year.
UNESCO Sites Visited in 2016:
- Brú na Bóinne – Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne (Ireland)
- Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua (Italy)
- City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto (Italy)
- Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (Italy)
- Piazza del Duomo, Pisa (Italy)
- Venice and its Lagoon (Italy)
- Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta (Italy)
- San Marino History Centre and Mount Titano (San Marino)
One travel goal reached in Venice….and then exceeded in Pisa! This brings me up to 21% of my lifetime goal already. While there aren’t any more landmarks planned this year, you never know. Might find myself visiting another one yet.
Landmarks visited in 2016:
- Edinburgh Castle (January)
- St. Mark’s Square (May)
- Bridge of Sighs (May)
- Leaning Tower of Pisa (June)
Reading, reading, reading. What can I say? I thought by reducing this to 10 (instead of 20 like in 2015) I would stand a better chance of reaching this but here it is, half-way through the year, and I’m no further ahead than the last update. I have done quite a bit of reading lately but they have been non-fiction books so they don’t count at all. I am making a conscious effort now to mix it up, one non-fiction book then an easy fiction read….I just keep picking up books set in countries I’ve already ready about! Well I still have six months. Maybe I’ll achieve this one yet.
Books read in 2016 towards goal:
- What Matters Most by Luanne Rice (Ireland)
Well I might as well just scratch this one from the list now as other than the great new foods we ate (and made…we made pizza from scratch!) in Italy this goal has been a big old bust this year. I don’t think I can count the chicken tikka masala I recently made either as that only required heating it up in the microwave. :-)
Mission Travel Stuff Organization
Well I’ve done a little better in the past few months getting photos backed up but still not 100% sure what my system will be. I think in the end I’ll just keep it simple and make a folder for each country and call it a day.
Organize Travel Paraphernalia
Nope, haven’t made any progress in this department but I am leaning towards just not keeping so much stuff that I will actually need to organize. Hmm…what a plan eh? No stuff, no organization problem. Besides, do I REALLY use it or look at it later? It seems not as I have so much stuff in bags and couldn’t say what is actually in there. Maybe I just don’t need to keep it.
Cross one adventure item and one location off my life bucket list
I thought I’d be able to cross “kayaking” off my adventure list and then we didn’t end up doing it on our camping trip but that will be remedied. We will go back out camping again this fall and we’ll definitely be giving kayaking a try.
Create an online travel course
Still working on this one. It’s a BIG undertaking. Maybe I bit off more than I can chew? Nah, I can do this. Just keep at it a bit (bite) at a time. :-)
How about you? Did you set any travel goals this year? How are they coming along?
To read more about my 2016 travel goals and progress made, please feel free to check out these posts: