I’ve never been great at New Year’s resolutions. There’s only so much dedication I give be to stopping biting my fingernails, getting better at saving money or eating less crap before I lose interest.
Since I started travelling, however, I’ve found New Year’s resolutions to be less of a burden and more of a target. It does help that I’m passionate about travelling and that my life at the moment revolves around it, so it’s nice to have things to aim for. Before I set my resolutions for 2015 though, it feels right that I should see how I managed with the ones I set myself in 2014.
Visit five new countries – Achieved
I managed to blow this one out of the water, and had already visited five new countries by May 2014. In total, I visited eight new countries all year – those being: Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and China. Maybe I should have aimed a little higher.
Spend some time teaching English abroad – Achieved
Another tick here, as I spent three months teaching English at an international school in Singapore. I learnt a hell of a lot from this one – perhaps most importantly that I want to be a teacher going forward – and it plays a big part in my 2015 resolutions.
Tick five items off my bucket list – Achieved
Again, maybe I should have aimed a little higher here, as this is another resolution I easily ticked off the list. I’m getting good at this. In fact, I ticked off over double the amount of items that I wanted to, as you can see here.
Blog more! – Achieved
With more adventures come more blog posts – simple! This year has been a great one, as I’ve done so much that has given me material to write about and my readership has grown quite substantially over the year. Thanks to everyone who has read and continues to read what I write. It means a lot!
So that was 2014 – a pretty successful year all round I’m sure you’ll agree! So now here are my 2015 resolutions – no pressure!
Get CELTA certified
I’m heading home in March for a bit, and before I hit the road again I’m aiming to do a CELTA course in England. This qualification will hopefully open some more doors when it comes to teaching English abroad and help me get a better job. Even if it doesn’t – I’ll still learn some very valuable teaching methods, which can only be a good thing.
Commit to a teaching position of at least a year
I guess this one goes pretty much hand in hand with the resolution above, but once I’ve hopefully been CELTA certified my next aim is to find a job back in Asia teaching for at least a year. I really want to teach more and to see more of Asia, so it makes perfect sense. The question is: where?
Learn another language
This is one thing I’ve tried and tried plenty of times without really giving it a proper go. I did GCSE Spanish at school and passed, but I’m embarrassed to say I barely remember a thing from it. I gave Mandarin a shot a few months ago, but that all went out of the window the moment James came to meet me. Must try harder.
I’ve dabbled with the idea of adding videos to my blogs, as you can see from my posts on Colombo and our Vietnam road trip, however I’d like to really make full use of my Go Pro this year and get on with adding a different dimension to my posts. The only problem is, I can never be bothered carrying it around and I’m dismissive enough to laugh at people who walk round with them strapped to their heads on the street. Can I really become one of those people?!
So there we have it, my four New Year’s resolutions for 2015. Will I get a clean sweep like 2014? We’ll see. 2015, I’m coming for you!