Setting Travel Goals Achieving Travel Dreams

Those of you who know me well, either here on Road Ninjas or personally, know I like to be organized. I am a planner, and a goal setter. I like to dream big and I like to see those dreams come to pass.

Not to long ago, I started a new set of goals/dreams that concerned travel. You see, travel for me is not just a vacation. It’s a curiosity about the world, a desire to learn, grow and be stretched that beacons me onward.

Why Set Goals?

We often think of goals in terms of education or our work environment. Travel tends to be thought about in terms of vacation and only if it works out. My challenge to my readers is to change this norm. Think of travel as a necessity. Think of travel as a continual education of you as a person. Each place you visit has an effect on you. For example, we visited Prince Edward Island, Canada last summer. The beaches were so therapeutic to me. I was experiencing some writers block, but sitting on these beautiful beaches inspired me. You can read about the beaches here.

In my post “You Can’t Really Go Home Again“, I talk about the changes that happen to you when you travel, and how travel affects you.

Goals About Specific Places

With that in mind I started setting goals for travel. For example:

Goal #1. Visit all 59 National Parks. Now I have visited Sequoia National Park recently with my family, but that’s the only National Park my kids have been too. I decided it was time to change that and that they should learn about the land of their birth.

Goal #2. Visit Alaska in both summer and winter. Summer to take in all the beauty and be able to explore. Winter to see the Northern Lights and what Alaska is really like!

Now both of these goals and many of my others are specific to a place or something I want to do. These kind of goals are great but you should also have goals like this one below.

Goals For the Travel Lifestyle

Goal # 3. Learn about local ways of life every where I visit. In other words, I never want to be just a tourist. In fact I rarely want to be a tourist. I want to learn about people, places, and what it is like for those that live where I visit.

Goal #4. Find ways to encourage and help those I meet along the way. Life is a journey. Kindness will never go out of style. In any travels we meet people. Showing kindness and caring for our fellow man encourages the world around us.

Make Some Goals

My challenge to you today is to make some travel goals. Even if it’s just a few things, jot them down and keep them somewhere you will see them often. Many studies show that if you set a goal and write it down, you are much more likely to achieve it.

We all have beautiful travel dreams. They don’t have to stay just dreams. We can begin to turn those dreams into reality by setting goals. In conjunction with that, don’t let anyone talk you out of your dreams. Press on towards the things you desire. Keep an eye out here for more posts about saving money for travel and how to plan your travel!

What are some of your goals? Comment below! We would love to hear about them!

~ Sarah