I think having goals is a good idea. Goals force me to think about what I want and help me figure out how to get it. Goals help me manage my time better. Either I am doing something productive towards achieving a goal, or I am not. And I am totally fine with not doing something productive as long as it is something worthwhile. Biking to the lake on a beautiful day to see good friends and have a couple beers is worthwhile; watching a marathon of "Top Shot" on the history channel is not. Goals feel really good to mark off the list after you accomplish them.
So I thought about what my goal for my upcoming trip is going to be. I didn't want to be just wandering around Asia and Europe for no particular reason. I wanted to have an idea, plan, path, .....goal.
My favorite thing to do is walk and look around. Obviously. So I decided my goal is to see as many of the most beautiful sights throughout Asia and Europe as I can. The more walking the better. I love nature so I'm going to be looking for the most beautiful landscapes, from beaches to mountains. I am also very excited to see the beautiful architecture, beautiful people, and beautiful food the other side of the world has to offer.
I am going to travel by land as much as I can. This will allow me to see more. Seeing the landscape change slowly over time as I move along is pretty awesome. It really makes me appreciate where I am, where ever that may be, and gives me a sense of how big the world is.
I want to take my time and not be afraid to take a zero day. I want to live as naturally as possible in these totally strange places. I want to see how the locals spend their day.
I don't expect my goal to change at all during my trip. Unexpected things could happen, and I could get off the trail a little bit, but that's part of the adventure. Nothing should change my overall goal of seeking out the most beautiful views throughout much of the world. I can't wait to cross this one off the list.