My resolutions for 2014 – What about you?
2013 was a great year in many ways, especially when it came to travel! But the arrival of the new year always feels like a fresh start, doesn’t it? A moment to make resolutions for 2014 and let it be even better than the last!
I’m a true list-person, so I won’t let the chance go past to share my most important goals for 2014 with you. In addition to that, I’m very curious to hear what you plan on doing different or better next year, so leave me a message below to inspire others too!
Resolutions for 2014
Here we go, in no particular order:
01. Visit at least 5 new countries
With 25 countries on my record track (yes, I know it’s all about the experience, not the numbers), it seemed nice to add another 5 countries to the list to make it a 30. That means I’ve visited 30 countries on my 30th and I like the symbolism of that. And of course, every excuse to go travelling will be happily accepted by me.
02. Start a second website
I’ve been talking about this for a while and have been working on it for a long time behind the scenes, but in 2014 I will actually launch my second website in the first months of the new year. Bookmark it if you like: www.downundertrip.com (will be both in Dutch as in English). After years of finding questions on travelling to Australia in my mailbox, I will start sharing my tips and experiences on this amazing country once and for all in public!
03. Make more money from my website
2014 is the year I will really (ok, really really now) start approaching my travel blogging professionally. Of course, in some extent this has to do with the fact that my rent can’t be paid from free trips and definitely not by people who mail me asking about advertising on my website in exchange for… eh, well… nothing (and ‘looooads of traffic’ back). Yeah, bye bye! I now have a business plan, advertising rates and will mostly focus on developing products that will earn me some money because they are of great value for my readers (that’s you!). So if there is anything you’re currently looking for (like a travel product, an (e)book on a certain topic, an online course, mobile app, or something similar), definitely let me know!
04. 10.000+ visitors to my website
Again, it’s not just about the numbers, but it is about focusing on quality articles (posting less, but better, more well-written, practical and more inspiring blogs) and on spending time in writing guest articles on other blogs, promoting my work more and commenting on stories of other bloggers that inspire me. I want to be in blogging for the long term!
05. Speaking at a travel bloggers conference
In line with the previous resolution lies publishing my three ebooks on Pinterest on which I talked about before on the blog. Not only do I hope to make some money out of them to pay for my website hosting and maybe a couple of groceries (because I won’t get rich from them), I hope that my knowledge on this topic will let me do a presentation/workshop on a (travel)blogging conference. The teacher in me is surfacing a little here :)
06. Editing and sharing more videos
I’ve collected hours of video from my travels by now. And to be honest, I haven’t watched much (or sometimes even any) of it. Such a shame! So a couple of hours of my writing will be swapped for video editing during the week. I hope to show you some of it soon!
07. Learn something new
Besides teaching others something, I’m always looking for challenges and moments where I learn something myself, both from books as being active. I’ve got something in mind for this one, and I hope to share this with you soon, but because you’re never too old to learn I’ll be opening my eyes and ears for more learning moments this year.
08. Discover more of London and the rest of England with Nick
At the end of this month, we’ve been living in London for 2 months (Nick even 3) and although we’ve been doing pretty well in finding our way around yet, I hope that in 2014 we’ll discover more cool spots in the city and can go on a weekend break more often to see a bit of the surroundings and escape the crowds a bit. Of course, we’ll be keeping you updated with everything, just like enjoyed doing in Sydney as well.
09. Being more creative without a computer
I admit, with so many goals in this list that require working on a computer, I don’t get to spend a lot of time on many of my other hobbies. And that’s a shame (and really quite unhealthy). So bring on a creative 2014! Just some of my own suggestions: start Yoga and dancing again (starting by signing up for the gym again), brush up my Japanese language skills (I used to do a beginner course and have all the books, such an amazing language and culture!), start baking my own bread (just got a machine for Christmas), read more often (I’ve got so many books left on my night stand) and dusting off my scrapbooks (because secretly I find peace in cutting images from magazines and rearranging them in a scrapbook)
10. Motivate more people to travel
I notice that the most joy I get out of travel blogging is the moments where I receive emails from (soon to be) travellers. With a questions about a certain destination, their itinerary or budget, with compliments on my stories (even more fun!) or just to say hello. It’s amazing to hear that people have been reading my stories for ages (please leave a message if you haven’t done it yet) and that they are motivated by me to also pack their bag/suitcase to travel the world themselves. I hope that in 2014 I’ll be able to encourage even more happy travellers to make the journey of their lives!