If I could use only one adjective to describe 2018, I’d choose bittersweet. There were many days when I could not hide my smile and my eyes were sparkling with joy, but there were also days, when life was against me and everyone I loved. It was a year full of changes.
I didn’t set many goals last December – only four! All of them were quite simple and very straight-forward, yet that didn’t work out as well as I had hoped for. I have seen places I didn’t plan to visit in 2018 and I still haven’t seen South Africa (which, I must admit, bothers me quite a lot). Let’s jump to the beginning!
Last Tuesday I was sitting on my cosy bed after coming back from a long day at work when it hit me – I was not sure where we were going next! Over the next few days, I came up with a plan.
But let’s talk 2017 first, shall we? I can hardly believe how much has happened in the last 12 months! It’s true I have only accomplished half of what I was planning to (4 out of 7), but I still consider this year a big success! In February, we did a lovely weekend getaway to the Czech Republic. Short, but sweet! Until April, I was very busy with my studies. At the end of the month, we took off for Madeira Island – a place that has been on my list since forever! We even had two layovers in Lisbon and that was a dream come true too.
It’s almost unbelievable half of 2017 is already over, isn’t it? My exams are behind (at least for now), which means I have more time to focus on my hobbies. These days I’m busy hosting couchsurfers, editing photos from Madeira (expect many blog posts) and doing some compulsive shopping online a.k.a. booking too many flights. So, what’s next?
Photo by Sergey Pesterev
You might recall Morocco has been on my travel goals list for more than 2 years now because it’s so different from anything I’ve experienced. I’m crazily excited for exotic performers, chaotic markets, 1000 years old historical sites and sandboarding. We are headed there in September. Bring it on! Read More
Setting goals has always helped me to work harder towards achieving them. While I am often too ambitious and fail to complete the whole list, I’m also very competitive and in this case the competition is between me and myself. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as crossing a task off your list, don’t you agree?
Slap Virje, Slovenia
Last year, when starting the blog, I published a very optimistic post titled 16 Travel Goals For 2016. I remember how my boyfriend told me it was going to be hard to achieve all, but I think the final result is surprisingly good. Read More
Since the new year has just began, I thought I could share with you my goals for the next 12 months. Although 2015 was a success when it comes to travelling (after all I saw 5 new countries!), I am already daydreaming of new destinations and maybe it’s just me, but once I write goals down, I work harder to achieve them. Also, it gives me an oppurtunity to track down my progress.
1. Get a new camera – ACCOMPLISHED
Right now I don’t have any. My last one got stolen and for the past two years I’ve been using my family’s, which does not meet my requirements. The more I wander around, the more I miss having a professional camera with me.
2. Meet with more couchsurfers – ACCOMPLISHED
I still remember the evening when I first heard about couchsurfing. What a fantastic idea! But how could one get into it when not being able to host and lives in a small village no tourists ever visit? These days I still can’t host, but since I’m now very close to the capital, I can hang out with fellow couchsurfers and exchange some tips.
3. Visit Madeira
And Portugal in general, but Madeira is my number one right now.
4. Learn to communicate in Brazilian Portuguese
My wish is to be fluent in another foreign language. Last year I got the oppurtunity to start a course, now it’s my time to do more.
5. Improve my French – MILDLY ACCOMPLISHED (I can tell that the cow is eating grass and few more things duolingo taught me)
Because “je m’appelle Ursa” and “merci beaucoup” are not all I should have known after 4 years of learning.