Travel Goals for 2020 (and Recap on 2019)
2019 was the year when I travelled more than I usually do. In fact, I spent more than half of this year abroad. 3 continents and 9 countries (and 10th one to happen soon) later, I can say 2019 is the year I am truly grateful for, although it was one of the hardest ones. Here are some of the things I learnt in the last 12 months:
- I don’t have to go far to make some unforgettable memories.
- I am still young enough to stay in the hostels.
- When travelling solo, you’re never really alone.
- Love can be found everywhere in different forms.
- I need to say yes more often.
The biggest lesson I learnt was not to force anything. Whatever flows, flows, whatever crashes, crashes. Sometimes it gets truly hard to take events as they are, but travel forces me to do that more often than I’d choose to myself.
Let’s take a closer look at everything.
Please note: Get yourself some tea because that’s going to be a LONG one!
My first trip was in February when I took off for Sri Lanka. Those that know me, know I have had that destination on my list for the longest time (along with Turkey’s Cappadocia and Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni). Being there was everything I had expected and more. The food was outstanding and so cheap. People the kindest I have ever met. Tea plantations endless… In a country so foreign, I felt right at home.
In June I moved out of my apartment in Ljubljana, Slovenia and flew to the USA. Living in Montana, right next to Glacier National Park, was quite an experience. I saw the Northern Lights, hiked to some of the most gorgeous lakes and tried kayaking (loved it!).
On the last day of October, I boarded a flight to Lisbon. Portugal stole my heart years ago and I was excited to be back. The next two weeks were life-changing. I spent days and nights eating the best dishes I have ever had, drinking craft beers or wine, and laughing with friends. I saw Lisbon, Obidos, Peniche, Nazare and Porto, got enough hugs to keep me going till then end of the year and continued the path with new stories. What matters the most though is I left different. Just like Budapest, Portugal left a big mark on me.
Goals for 2020
For 2020 I only know one thing. I have a one-way ticket to Canada. Here is what I hope for in the upcoming year:
1. Stay in Canada for as long as I can
2. Improve my French
This one has been on my travel goals list before. I have a plan for 2020 but wouldn’t like to go too much into detail just yet.
3. Go to Montreal
I keep being told what a special city it is so it’s time to check it out.
4. See the winter edition of Quebec’s old town
As a Christmas lover, I feel like I am obligated to see this magic in real life:
I am ending this year in Spain, feeling more grateful than ever for all that happened since last December. I started from zero – scared to see what’s next. At the end of this month, I will press that restart button once again. This time because I want to. I was once again proven that the best stories are written when you are completely out of your comfort zone. 2020, bring it on!
- Travel Goals for 2018 (and Recap on 2017)
- Travel Goals for 2017 (and Recap on 2016)
- Travel Goals for 2019 (and Recap on 2018)
- 16 travel goals for 2016