Bohemian Trails Starts A New Year

I’ve personally never been that great at sticking to my new years resolutions and because of this, there have been several years when I ditched the whole thing altogether. This year, however, I have lots to look forward to and a few goals I refuse to quit.

Travel

After months of networking, sending emails, trying tactic after tactic to increase the quality of Bohemian Trails, things are looking up. So far I’ll be traveling to Fiji, Israel, Austria and Greece. Other destinations that are still in the words include Ireland, Germany and Indonesia. Although I never like to get my hopes up, I’m truly excited for these travel opportunities and plan to get the most I can from these fascinating countries.

Write a Print Travel Feature

Many of you know that a huge goal of mine is to become a print writer, with the ultimate goal of one day publishing a novel. December 2011 brought me my first print feature in an international magazine (U.S. and Colombia). The fashion article was included in the magazine’s One-Year Anniversary Edition. I hope to write some feature articles for travel magazines this year. I’ve been busy pitching away so hopefully I’ll get there in 2012.

Master the Spanish Language

If you read my Weekly Wander article from November, you already know that I’ve begun taking Spanish classes. As a travel writer who values local life over tourist traps, it’s a little difficult to speak to locals if you don’t know their native language. Spanish is spoken in a slew of countries around the world so I decided to take advantage of my freelance schedule and signed up for intensive classes with Instituto Cervantes. Dating an Argentinian certainly adds to my motivation. My hope for 2012 is for me to break my shyness and speak with locals on my next South American trip.

Improve my Photography Skills

For my 25 birthday, my boyfriend literally read my mind about what I wanted and surprised me with a Sony DSC-HX 100 Camera. I knew that a huge part of travel is being able to take high-resolution images while on the road. Although my iPhone has bee serving me relatively well on my last few trips, I really needed something more professional to capture all that I was seeing. I plan on playing around with the different settings so that I can take pictures that represent the emotion of the destination I am trying to convey.

Find new Challenges to Conquer

One reason why I find travel so inspiring is because there are always new challenges to face and battle head-on. For example, I’m very shy by nature and traveling (especially solo) has forced me to break out of my comfort-zone and start conversations with fellow travelers and locals. I’m also more observant and reflective during my travels, and I am ready to find more challenges on my trips this year.

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24 Comments

  1. Cathy Sweeney January 3, 2012  1:24 pm Reply

    All the best for reaching your 2012 goals. Hope you make it to all of those destinations (and more). Cheers!

  2. Rob January 3, 2012  3:57 pm Reply

    Where else are you visiting on the way to Fiji? Its years since I was there and would love to go back.

  3. Eva January 3, 2012  6:04 pm Reply

    Great resolutions - good luck! I have similar ones but didnt consider them resolutions - now I do (easier than losing weight!). My Spanish school has been the road - finally taking classes starting next month.

    Adorama hosts great 1 night photography courses - usually the manufacturer brings in a trainer - so you might want to check to see if they have anything coming up with Sony. I learned A LOT in the 2 hr Canon class they had. B&H has them too.

    • Megan January 3, 2012  6:40 pm Reply

      Wow - I'm taking Spanish classes too! My next session starts next week and I'm also starting to go to the free Apple events in soho so I can learn iMovie. Good luck on your resolutions!
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  4. Brendan January 3, 2012  8:28 pm Reply

    Great resolution list, the best way that I have found to improve my language skills is through liquid courage!
    I become a poet in my second language when I've had a few

  5. Diego January 4, 2012  4:17 pm Reply

    Great Megan!!

    • Megan January 8, 2012  11:46 am Reply

      Thanks John! You have no idea how happy that makes me! I was surprised by the good quality of the iPhone and excited to experiment with a more advanced one.
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  6. Mary @ Green Global Travel March 27, 2012  2:42 pm Reply

    Great goals & accomplishments (print article- yay!). I'm envious of your Spanish language classes. We just returned from a remote Peruvian Amazon village where all of the little girls wanted to hold my hand (I'm pretty sure they had never seen anyone with blonde hair/blue eyes before). I desperately wished that I had knew enough Spanish to talk with them. I had just enough Spanish to tell them my name, that they were beautiful and that they were my new friends, but that was the extent of it. Good luck with your classes!
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    • Megan March 27, 2012  3:46 pm Reply

      Thanks so much Mary! I absolutely loved Peru and found the people there to be so nice so I definitely know what you are talking about :) As for languages, I'm slowly learning but hoping that my three weeks in Bogota (where I'll be taking 4 hr a day lessons) will fast forward me a bit haha
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  7. grayspirit December 31, 2012  11:34 pm Reply

    I like your dreams. Good to see that kind of spirit is still alive in America. Keep it up and make your own good luck.
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