*HAPPY NEW YEAR!*

I had a great 2016, but looks like I didn’t achieve *any* of my goals I set out. So, with a little crossing out I can just totally reuse this blog post to set my intentions for the year…

Sadly it’s not the season to be jolly anymore. It’s the season to get serious. To make plans. To destroy spontaneous sausage sandwiches and bottles of Prosecco. It’s the time to work out what I want from 2016 2017, and where exactly (ish) I’ll be by the end of the year, if I stick to the schedule.

It’s the time to make the promises to myself I should’ve made a long time ago.

1. Quality over quantity

goals for 2017

Of course I want more people to read my blog. In the past I’ve tried to cover every part of my travels to be as helpful as possible to show everyone how they can achieve their travelling goals. From now on, I want to focus on quality rather than trying to cover everything.

All that blogging, research and uploading, combined with all my freelance clients and travelling full time, means that I don’t have the hours in the day to try cool stuff, to mix things up and get creative with this blog of mine. I will in 2016 2017 though.

2. Get back to me

Paris travelling 2016

I’ve done a lot of sponsored trips lately and will do in January too, but from February I’m getting back to my independent travels – going where and how I want.

Press trips are hard work. Mostly brilliant, but hard work. It may look like I’m gallivanting around for free, but there’s a lot of organising, admin, follow up and coverage for every one. It’s also pretty draining being on 24/7 for the whole time I’m there to keep up with all the fun they’ve planned. Anyone who hasn’t been on a press trip probably things I sound like a right whiney feculence right now, but if you have, you understand. One of my favourite lifestyle bloggers, Hannah Gale, describes press trips as so…

“Press trips can be incredibly hit and miss. Sometimes it’s legit like being on a fancy holidays with your BFFs and you wanna do 537258657 fist pumps and sometimes it feels like you’re a five-year-old who’s been forced to go on a school trip on your own with a different school. Like mum come and get me and bring me home plz.”

Depending on the organisers and the other people on the trip, they can actually be pretty tough.

Time to see the world to my own schedule again. And to get back to my roots with writing about whatever takes me at the time, whether it’s how I got there, what I did, how I felt or what I’d most certainly do differently next time. I’m also planning on cooking more on the road, not just wearing the same clothes day in, day out, and maybe even making a few purchases in all these fancy destinations too. I’m a gonna write about it all. 

I guess you could say I just want to keep it real, the bad and the good.

3. Photography

Plans for 2016

I want to learn more about my camera, how to get the best from it, and photography in general, so that I can improve my pics, and make my blog look a whole lot better. I’ve just got an iPhone 6s, upgraded from my 5, so that’s the first step on my photography mission. Next, I need to decide whether I really do hate my Olympus PEN, as I say every time I bring it out, or if I just need to learn how to use it properly.

If you’ve got any ideas on how I can get better at photography, I’d love to hear them. Courses? Tips? Blog posts? All of the above?

4. Video

2016 videos and plans

I want to start making more videos. I really like about half of the 15 on my YouTube account, that have taken me over a year to do. Now I plan to go all out and do one a fortnight. I’ve still got stuff from Miami to edit, Edinburgh is in the pipeline, and any second my little film on digital nomads will be going live too.

Check out my YouTube channel and let me know if there’s any you particularly like / hate / loathe in the comments box below. It would be good to have some direction on this!

5. Organisation

My plans for 2016

I’d love to be organised. Really love it.

Living out of a suitcase means that as soon as I arrive anywhere my stuff is sprawled all over the floor before I’ve even checked what time breakfast finishes.

Hanging around with awesome film maker Joe Allam for a week on our recent press trip to Florida was a total inspiration. He has everything sorted, automated, labelled, in its place and he’s on top of everything. I can’t even claim one of those things – I want to be more like him.

I like to make plans on how I’ll organise things, but never carry them through – just like at school when I’d get all my gel pens out to colour code my homework diary pretty as soon as I got it, and then never actually do any of the said homework.

6. Work on my ‘projects’

My plans for 2016

I want to move away a bit from the blog and see what else I can do, but still related, of course. This blog is almost four years old now – crazy! I’ve got so many ideas, that I’ve had for the past year, and not as yet seen any of them through as I’ve been so busy travelling.

Time to slow down and get stuck into my ideas, just thinking never got anything done. ACTION!

7. Prioritise health and fitness

Health and fitness for 2016

Bah. Of course. My nemesis: feeling good about myself because I’ve stepped away from the laptop and actually got out of breath.

I went to the gym once last year, at Montreal Sheraton Airport when there was nothing else to do. That was it. I’ve been swimming, and of course, there’s been a crossfit class along the way, some SUP here and there and a lot of walking, but none because I’ve thought ‘I’ll do some exercise now’, more for fun. I bet I’ve put on about a stone since I got back from Asia in April, which is sad, but inevitable.

My life is one big indulgence and I need to repent.

Big goals for 2016 2017!

Blogging goals

  1. Quality work
  2. Independent travel
  3. Better photography
  4. More video
  5. Get organised
  6. Initiate my ideas
  7. Health and fitness

Hmmm, that’s quite a lot but they do kind of blend and compliment. If you read my blog regularly and see me falling foul of any of this, let me know. I’m going to revisit at the end of the month and have even got an old skool paper diary to try and stay on track, and give me some time off from staring at the laptop so lovingly.

I will be a better person. I will be a better person.

Have you set any similar goals for yourself this year?

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