Travel Goals of 2012
2011 was pretty exciting for us at OurOyster.com. We spent most of the year in New Zealand – a place which Jade has been wanting to travel to for years now! Jade also got the chance to go to Malaysia and meet some members of her family who she had never met before. At the end of 2011, we moved to Australia and now are living in sunny Brisbane. However, we are not planning to be settled for that long, and dreams of busses and trains are dancing in our heads.
So in anticipation for the coming year we have decided to outline some of our travel goals for 2012. Like all goals, we may not meet them all, but we will surely try!
And in the spirit of the amazing travel blogging community that we have found here, we would like to include a request. Have you blogged about these destinations, or do you know someone who has? Let us know about it in the comments so we can use these amazing blogging resources to helps us reach our goals!
Great Australian adventure! Details of the upcoming Australian adventure will be released in the coming months. We are planning something grand and we hope you will all come along for the ride with us!
High up on our Australian travel goals are:
- Great Barrier Reef – I really want to spend some time snorkelling in this area!
- Uluru – If possible we would like to spend some time camping in the Outback and learning about traditional Australian aboriginal culture.
- Coober Pedy – A town in the outback which lives completely underground! It’s just too wacky, we have to go!
- Perth – Everyone I have met raves about this lovely west coast city, so we decided we have to see it for ourselves.
Pacific Islands – Travel to pacific islands isn’t cheap, even on this side of the world! But we feel like visiting a few of these tropical paradise islands is too good of an oppurtunity to give up. I really want to spend some time on Tonga and Samao, and I would also love to visit Vanuatu, but these details will be decided by the bank account as well as by flight routes.
The start of the great Asian adventure! When we leave Australia we want to spend several months travelling through Asia. We plan to start in Papua New Guinea, and from there move north. Bu the end of the year we should have completed our visit to Papua New Guinea as well as part of our Indonesian adventure!
And of course, with goals, some resolutions!
So now that you know our travel goals, lets get down to our travel resolutions.
- Take care to learn about and respect Aboriginal culture in Australia. James and I want to make sure that we can not only learn about Aboriginal culture in Australia, but also put some of our tourism (and tourism dollars) to good use in ways that are beneficial to the Aboriginal culture. Some ideas for achieving this goal are researching if there are tourism companies which are either run by Aboriginal communities, or who reinvest in Aboriginal communities. And making sure that when we buy art work or souvenirs, to ensure that the people producing these items are paid a fair wage. In order to meet this resolution, we will have to spend a bit more time researching our travel choices, but in the long run I think it will be more rewarding.
Pacific Island resolutions
- Meet the locals. My idea of Pacific Islands include a lot of images of pre packaged resorts. The problem with these is that you often find yourself quite cut off from the “real world”. I want to make sure this does not happen to us when we visit the Pacific Islands, by making sure we spend some time in areas where local people congregate.
- Get out of my food comfort zone! Whenever I travel in Asia, I often find that I spend almost more time eating Western comfort food than I do eating Asian food. Although it is important to be able to have comfort food every once in a while, I sometimes let it be a sort of “crutch”. Next time I am in Asia, I want to make sure I go outside of my food comfort zone. In the past I have found that doing cooking courses has helped me come to terms with local foods. In the new year, I want to try to do a cooking class in each new Asian country I visit.