Happy New Year!
I’m a fan of New Year’s resolutions and goals. Call me a planning nerd, but there’s nothing like opening a new calendar, writing down dates, goals, birthdays and/or deadlines. This year instead of writing down some hard/fast resolutions (save more money, eat more greens, sleep more, snore) I thought I’d set some travel intentions to act as little nudges for the next 366 days. Sharing these with all of you will hopefully keep me on track.
So here goes – my most public list of travel intentions yet: six ways I’m going to explore, embrace and giggle more in 2016. Happy 2016 – hope your goal setting process was as fun as mine.
- Embrace ‘koselig’ – if you live in a northern climate you might have read some stories about the Norwegian word ‘koselig‘. Basically it means sucking it up and enjoying winter – embracing the cold and cozy, bright days and dark nights. For me, nurturing koselig this means making sure I have access to the stuff I love about winter – from drinking hot chocolate or going snowboarding to taking more photos of my kid’s mega cute snow adventures to visiting mountain places like Jasper or Saskatoon or Canmore.
- Find a couple of cabins, gather some friends – I hope to corral my friends for at least two cabin adventures this year. Bring on the board games, red wine, forests/lakes/oceans and gaggles of wild little kids and cuddly dogs.
- Visit more of Canada’s National Parks. One of the best birthday gifts I received last year was a parks pass that allows my family entry to any national park or historic site across Canada. I’m dying to check out Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan or the lesser known Rocky Mountain parks like Yoho or Kootenay. A trip to the Pacific Rim or to Gwaii Haanas for some ocean fun would be lovely too.
- Read more – I have a stack of books next to my bed. I can’t wait to tell you all about a couple of sweet Canadian books I was gifted in December – one is a coastal cookbook and another a mega gorgeous travel book. Reading in a cozy cabin out of town would be even more rad.
- Laugh more – I’ve laughed a lot in the last few weeks, I’m determined to keep the giggles coming. Whether that means watching the magic that is Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on SNL or having a great visits face to face or via FaceTime with friends or seeing a live show, I’m going to seek out more gut-busting activities over the next year. Comedy festivals/shows/podcast/ book recommendations welcome.
- Meet the neighbours – in a figurative sense, that is. I’m well acquainted with British Columbia but I’ve yet to step foot in Saskatchewan or the Northwest Territories. Trip planning here I come.
What are your 2016 resolutions/intentions/goals? Share yours in the comments below.