Welcome to Across the Cafe Table where every second Wednesday we ask a question and share our answers
Question this month: In 2012 where do you most want to go but haven’t yet, & why?
Two thousand twelve is going to be a great year. I can already feel it. And without having traveled a whole lot in 2011, it’s about time I make some travel resolutions.
This year, “Explore Ireland” is at the top of my list. Now, I know that might seem strange given that I moved to Dublin in September, but setting into life as an expat the last few months hasn’t left much time for travel. Since arriving, though, I’ve learned that this small country offers a long list of things to see and do, with infinite historic sites, plenty of adventure activities and even a budding gastrotourism industry boasting more than meat and potatoes.
For example, I’d love to soak up Ireland’s ancient history with a trip to the world-famous tombs at Newgrange. For some relaxation, I’m dreaming of a trip to County Sligo, home to renowned seaweed baths. And to treat my taste buds, I want to visit Kinsale, a coastal town known as the Food Capital of Ireland.
Though it’s the size of the state of Indiana, Ireland is jam-packed with beautiful and fascinating places to visit, and now that it’s all in my own backyard, I’m making my goal for 2012 to be a bit nearsighted when it comes to travel.
You know the feeling where there are so many of one thing to choose from that you end up not choosing anything? There are so many great places to travel that I haven’t been. I would absolutely love to visit all of them, starting tomorrow (in my dreams), yet part of me is afraid to start listing them. Why? How about if I name a place and don’t get there?
I’m going to answer that for you and for myself:
Who cares? How about if we don’t get to one of the long list of places we’ve never been that we want to go in 2012? Does it really mean anything? (No)
But then why name a place that there’s at least a decent chance you might not get to at all in 2012?
Because dreaming is always the first step in anything, but unfortunately it is also often the last. The secret is in the next steps: name a destination and give it a deadline (2012 or beyond.) Our bucket lists weren’t built in a day and neither are plans to start executing them!
I would most like to go to Australia in 2012. There I said it. I could list a dozen other places too, but I’m just going to leave it at that. I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and now I’ve got even more incentive! Travel Belle contributor and dear friend, Krista Bjorn lives there!
If we all start planning something big now, just imagine how much closer we’ll be, God willing, this time next year. And who knows, maybe we’ll even actually go. May all you travel dreams big and small come true, sooner, rather than later – and hopefully a few good ones in 2012! Now let’s all start planning!
Now we really want to hear from you! Link below, being sure to link back here from your own site, and/or simply comment below… Tell us: Where do you want to go in 2012?
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