A little late to the party but I have been wanting to share a little glimpse to my goals and plans for the new year with you all.
But before that, can we just take a second and let the year sink in… I mean it’s 2017!
Looking back, I remember exactly how I felt when the clock struck 00:00 for 2016, 2015, 2014… and each time I felt this surge of excitement as the previous year had come to a close, and this chance to begin anew.
Read on as I share a few highlights from last year, and of course, the things I am planning for this year.
A look back at 2016
1. Narrowing down my blog focus
Between hesitating on taking this blog to be full-on travel articles, to 50/50 travel + personal development, to maybe travel + something else, to all personal development. As you can probably tell, I could not make up my mind.
Over the past couple of months, I had reached out to you guys with a questionnaire on what you wanted to read more about here on Wander Station.
The majority of you had selected travel itineraries and general travel topics:
This data was not surprising to me, especially considering most of you landed on my blog precisely for my travel posts and those lovely itineraries.
Thanks to your responses, I am now much more confident in pursuing travel as my blog focus. This will include many more travel itineraries (see my plans in the next section!), as well as more travel-related offerings.
You will notice I have already started reshuffled my blog posts to provide more relevant posts that were close to what you guys were looking for. In 2016 I dabbed my foot in writing some personal development posts, but those will be updated to provide a better connection to travel. Albeit I didn’t write a whole lot of posts on that topic, but that’s something I definitely plan to do better in 2017 now that I have a clearer picture of the direction I want to take.
2. Focusing on self-improvement
In 2016, I made intentional strides to improve myself, breaking out of the comfort zone and adding mindfulness practices in my everyday.
Embracing that I was flawed had been one of my biggest challenges, I mean who would want to admit that they are not perfect? I had to completely overhaul my entire mindset of how I viewed myself, who I am deep down, and re-evaluate my life’s purpose.
My actions then followed. Where I used to run away from, or jump straight to finding the shortcuts to, I now look for any opportunity to prevail, to overcome, and to celebrate every small win along the way. As Ralph Waldo Emerson says it best, “Life is a journey, not a destination”. The journey is what teaches us the most valuable of life lessons, and this year I found myself truly appreciating every opportunity to venture into the unknown and living for those moments.
3. Traveling to Europe with my family
Definitely one of the biggest highlights this year was going on an international trip with my fam in the summer. We went to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Italy, and Liechtenstein. Being my family’s first time in those countries, naturally, it came to me to plan the whole itinerary. It was challenging seeing so many countries in 3 weeks, but I had an absolute blast planning it.
We rented a car for the duration of the trip as that was the most economical method of transportation for a family of 4 and across 6 countries. Plus, my parents are major nature travelers, so we focused a lot on scenic drives and nature outlooks. Which also contributed to tons of beautiful pictures for my photo albums.
So, what’s next for Wander Station?
1. Publish at least 25 NEW Perfect Week Itineraries
I know you all love the itineraries, and personally, I cannot get enough of them either.
Which is why this year, I am really going to amp up my blogging game with my Perfect Week Itinerary Series and aim to have at least one new itinerary every other week. All itinerary will come with digital/printable versions, and I am working on a little bonus on the side for each as well (think: food guides, culture guides).
If there’s a place you’d like me to plan – send me your ideas!
2. Release a digital product
I have two ideas for this, let’s call them Project A and Project B. I’d love to hear what you think:
Project A. Personal development e-course
This one has been on my mind for the past year and I have some ideas on where I want to go with this. From the same questionnaire referenced above, many of you had responded that your biggest struggle right now is balancing life’s different priorities and finding time to travel.
A few years ago I was in the exact same boat, constantly feeling overwhelmed, felt like I was accomplishing nothing no matter how many goals I set for myself, and always putting off the things that really mattered in the back burner.
With this course, my goal is to provide you the map to steer your life back in the direction YOU want to lead. No more reacting to situations, you will learn how to take back control, define what true success means, calibrating your intentions with your actions, and so much more.
And the best part, it will be 100% adventure-focused, meaning the end goal is helping you find the time and energy to pursue more travel and freedom in your life. Plus, as with all of the content I create, quality and value is what I am always striving for. This will not be a thrown together ecourse but one that will be actionable, transformational, exhilarating, and beautiful to enjoy.
More details to be shared as the project comes together. If you are interested, you can subscribe to updates here.
Project B. Digital travel guidebook
It’s been a dream of mine to publish my own ebook one day, and what’s better than a 100% illustrated and interactive travel guidebook by yours truly? The preliminary plan is to have this guidebook feature one-day itineraries of various cities and towns.
My goal is to make it an easy to read, fun to flip through, and informative guidebook that highlights a destination with illustrations. For the keener ones who noticed I said interactive, what does that mean? Part of my plan with this guidebook is I want it to be a part information, part activity book (think: adult coloring, mazes, trivia).
Again, more details to come for this project as well! If you are interested, you can subscribe to updates here.
3. Build my social media presence
I have heavily neglected social media last year. Actually, no, I have completely neglected it. Which is absolutely terrible and I am ashamed to admit it.
To improve my social media presence, these 3 areas will be key:
- Establish the Wander Station brand identity
- Build connections and relationships in only 2 social networks: Twitter and Instagram
- Focus on the value-add with every content I produce
Each cannot happen without the other, which is why these 3 things are going to be my major focus in the first quarter of this year.
And there you have it, my recap + plans for this upcoming year!
Now it’s your turn, what are your goals and plans this year? Comment below and let’s connect!