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!
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.
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.
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 🙂