Travel Resolutions for 2016

As this year winds to a close, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions for the coming year. 2015 was the first time I’d made a “travel resolution,” and I’m proud to say I accomplished my goal 3 months into 2015. My resolution was simply to “travel internationally for free.” Now that may sound easy to more accomplished bloggers, but let’s be real – no one is paying me (yet) to promote their destination.

My resolution was geared towards my day job, which is television journalism. Throughout the year and even in the year prior, I dedicated time, energy and resources to applying to short-term fellowships where I’d be able to keep my current job, as well as stretch my journalism muscles abroad. I pitched stories to my network and our digital outlets – I applied to over 10 fellowship programs with well reported pitches. It seemed like I kept hitting a brick wall on my quest to get international journalism work. So many of them said I just didn’t have enough international experience to GET international experience.

Then one day in March, I received a work assignment that led to a whirlwind trip to Europe. On Monday, I received the call to fly to London on Tuesday. On Thursday, after finishing my interviews in London, I was instructed to not fly back to NYC as planned, but to jet to Lausanne, Switzerland and conduct more interviews. Not only had my hard work led to accomplishing my goal of international TV news experience, but I was headed to ANOTHER country that I didn’t have as much experience with!

 

travel resolutions: Me in London - I went out to see the London Eye after a long day of shooting. Don't I look tired??
Me in London – I went out to see the London Eye after a long day of shooting. Don’t I look tired??

We flew into Geneva and drove to Lausanne, Switzerland – a beautiful city that I’d never been to before. After a very, very, VERY long day of shooting, I was able to experience delicious Swiss cuisine before crashing at a posh Geneva hotel filled with diplomats.

Travel resolutions: Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. We were still shooting at this point
Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. We were still shooting at this point

 

The trip was definitely better than I ever could have expected. Early the next morning, before my flight, I took an extensive private tour with a wonderful Egyptian man named Mohamed. Geneva is gorgeous and I was here for it! Plus, I’ve had a thing for the United Nations for a while, and it was great to see their offices, even if from the outside.

 

Travel resolutions: Me being tired on my private tour of Geneva - Lake Geneva in the background. Shout out to Mohamed for the pic!
Me being tired on my private tour of Geneva – Lake Geneva in the background. Shout out to Mohamed for the pic!

 

My trip only lasted 3 days but it was memorable and dare I say, life-changing. I’m no longer afraid to put out into the universe what I want. You never know what may happen! The show turned out great and I’m extremely proud of our coverage. Now as I’m thinking about what I want my 2016 travel resolutions to be, I know that I can truly believe “the sky’s the limit.”

Have you made any travel resolutions for the new year? Share them below! Maybe you can give me some ideas 🙂

4 thoughts on “Travel Resolutions for 2016

  1. I’m thinking my 2016 trip will be to see Prague. I keep hearing so many wonderful things about it. Japan is also high on my list, but I think that will be in 2017.

  2. Great blog, Robin! Can’t wait to hear about what you have planned for 2016. You are right “the sky’s the limit.” I need to live by that quote more. My goal is to go somewhere new. I want to go to South Africa by the beginning of 2017.

    1. South Africa is amazing! I hope you get to go. I think sometimes we don’t realize that the only thing holding us back is ourselves. I’m no longer afraid to put out there what I want!

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