Seven on Sunday – Things to See and Do in 2016
Hi folks. Well, last Sunday was a retrospective, so this week I will look forward to 2016 and set some goals for the year. It’s really been a long while since I’ve seriously travelled. I had two trips in 2015 – one was about 3.5 weeks, which to me is a very short trip, and the other was 9 days which barely felt like any time away at all.
But the fact is life is an ever changing puzzle. In the last few months, for the first time in my entire life, I actually seriously contemplated buying a house! I mean, I turned forty last year and am married now, so reading blogs (and I do read quite a few) from people who are basically professional travellers is really a source of some jealousy for me. Part of me has certainly already accepted that that lifestyle is not really a possibility anymore. I find myself working over 90 hours a fortnight over two jobs, and I have a definite savings plan. I already started saving to buy a house – I have nearly $50 in that account. However, I plan to have my travel savings goal reached by April and from then on I will be working towards a deposit.
That doesn’t mean the blog takes a back seat though. I really hope to build the readership in 2016, although despite regular posting, I’m not getting the sort of numbers I would like. Anyone with any tips, please chime in in the comments! Anyways, this is not as brief an intro as I was hoping…
7/ Interact and Promote Other Bloggers More
I am hoping to get a series of online interviews done with a number of other travel bloggers this year to highlight their amazing work and places they have been. I’m also hoping to highlight more amazing travel blog posts that I read which I hardly did in 2015.
6/ Improve Fitness and Lose Weight
To fit in with my travel plans to South America later in the year, I need to seriously improve my fitness. I was unfit when I hiked the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia years ago, but fit enough to survive it at a slower pace. South America presents a lot of altitude challenges, and right now I’m pretty much as heavy as I have been in my life, although I have lost a couple of kilos since returning from New Zealand.
To climb volcanoes in Ecuador or to possibly attempt the Inca Trail, I am certainly going to need to shed kilos and more importantly getting fitter.
5/ Go to the Travel Expo
Flight Centre’s Travel Expo in early February will be a chance to get my South American dream booked. With some luck I can get a couple of good bargains there too. And there’s always interesting talks and so forth.
My wife and I were given a travel voucher to the HYATT (yes, you read right!) for Christmas. So, expect some stories from Australia’s capital coming up!
This region of Argentina/Chile has a reputation for beauty and glaciers. One of the top three things in South America – I really want to see the glaciers around El Calafate and southern Argentina. Of course, it’s a long way from Quito where I plan to start my trip.
2/ The Galapagos Islands
I feel like I’m repeating an earlier post here. At the moment I am trying to work out the best way to do the Galapagos Islands. For me that is. I want to see the giant turtle, the blue-footed boobies, do some snorkelling and climb another volcano. The question in my mind now is to tour or not to tour? Save a few bucks by doing it independently but more rewarding on a boat I believe. Perhaps someone with some experience would like to give me some pointers? Although I have been researching like crazy already…
1/ Macchu Picchu
It’s a must. It’s the main thing that drew me to the whole continent originally when I first developed a… ahhh… yearning you might say. The question will be to Inca Trail Trek or not. If I left tomorrow no way would I be even close to fit enough for that. Then of course there is the altitude. I’d like to at least get a little hiking in, but may have to take the train both ways. As you can imagine, the train will also be something I’m looking forward to.
And so, there’s my seven as of the 10th of January, 2016. There’s the possibility of seeing more around my home state of Victoria as well in there. The plan is to spend October and November in South America – it could be moved a little earlier to the second half of September. If I take a cruise at the Galapagos, that will probably determine the date of departure from Australia as my plan currently is to start in Quito, fly to Galapagos and back, and then begin my trip southwards.
I have had lofty ambitions of doing the rest by road as far south as I can get and flying back to Buenos Aires, but even two months doesn’t seem to allow for that. Countries to visit in South America – Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Hoping to fly home with a stop in Rio. Anyways, I will have something more definite and concrete within a month. Thanks for reading – any advice is welcome. How is YOUR 2016 shaping up????
May the Journey Never End!