2019 was an enormous yr for me. I joined TPG group, took my first points-funded journey and took extra total journeys than ever earlier than. However as superb as 2019 was, I hope 2020 might be full of twice as a lot journey.
As I dive headfirst into making my 2020 New 12 months’s resolutions, I’m additionally enthusiastic about the travel-specific targets I’ve for this yr. I’m lastly attending to a spot the place I’m sufficiently old and financially steady sufficient to take extra journeys and discover extra of the world outdoors of the U.S., and I hope 2020 might be a yr I can add extra stamps to my passport.
So with out additional ado, listed here are a number of of my private 2020 journey resolutions.
Extra spontaneous journeys
Everybody who is aware of me is aware of that I’m a planner. I carry my Ink + Volt case-bound planner with me in all places I am going, I analysis trip choices months and months prematurely, I ebook tickets early (or a minimum of plan out what tickets I need and watch for the optimum reserving interval) and I even plan out my actions and particular outfits for every day I’m gone.
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One of many issues my TPG coworkers and our readers have taught me over the previous yr is that a number of the finest journey tales and factors redemptions occur if you find yourself keen to be spontaneous and ebook a last-minute flash sale journey or depart your every day itinerary open to potentialities.
In 2020, one in every of my resolutions is to embrace spontaneity and reap the benefits of flash gross sales or different last-minute offers to locations on my bucket record. For instance, we discovered flights to Puerto Rico for simply $31 (or 200 factors) one-way again in October 2019. I used to be so near reserving a flight as a result of I’ve all the time needed to go to Puerto Rico, however I ended up speaking myself out of it. This yr, I need to take the leap and ebook the journey.
Take extra photographs
I’ve a behavior of taking a ton of photographs of my environment, however not so much with me in them. Whereas this implies I’ve some beautiful photographs of mountaintop views and delightful structure, I don’t have very many photographs with me truly in them. This time in my life, the place I’ve the liberty and talent to journey and expertise these new locations, might be a interval I need to have the ability to look again on years from now.
And after I’m 80 or 90 years outdated, I’m not going to care about no matter insecurities I had in my 20s that prevented me from asking that stranger to snap a photograph or taking that selfie or pushing my touring companions to take a number of group photographs of us all collectively. I’m going to care extra concerning the recollections of my travels and the folks I met whereas overseas.
So in 2020, one in every of my resolutions is to take extra photographs whereas I journey with me truly in them. Candid photographs of me laughing, photographs of me staring in awe at this fantastical world we stay in, photographs with the fantastic folks I get to satisfy alongside the way in which.
Earn elite standing
Up till now, incomes elite standing on an airline was type of a pipe dream. I simply didn’t fly often sufficient to make it occur, and I wasn’t savvy sufficient to know maximize the flights I did take to assist me bridge the hole. In 2020, I plan on altering that.
As a result of TPG’s dad or mum firm’s headquarters is in Charlotte (CLT) (which is the place I stay, at present), I are likely to fly American Airways anytime I commute from New York. Actually, I fly American just about in all places domestically as a result of CLT is an American hub. Realistically, I’m taking pictures for Gold elite standing with American Airways because it’s what I fly most frequently.
Personally, I take pleasure in flying each JetBlue and Delta greater than American. However I don’t fly both of these airways usually sufficient (but) to have the ability to actually reap the benefits of elite standing. For now, striving for standing with American makes probably the most sense and can present probably the most worth for my journey habits.
Whereas I’ve a number of extra particular targets for 2020 (reminiscent of reserving enterprise class award redemptions and convincing my mother to use for a journey bank card), these are the three overarching journey resolutions I’ve made for myself going into the brand new yr.
What resolutions have you ever set for your self in 2020?
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