HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Bring on 2012.
So how did I do on last year’s resolutions? To remind you they were:
- Visit at least 15 new countries.
- Acquire conversational French
- Capture half a dozen flags.
So, sticking to Travel & Dating, let’s see what challenges 2012 will bring…
1. Release the book
Naughty Nomad is nearly at copy-editing stage. This spring it will hit the shelves. I don’t have a date yet, and I’m juggling with my Masters, but for sure by this time next year I’ll be an author. I can’t wait! This one is in the bag.
2. Visit 12+ new countries
In line with my ultimate goal of visiting every country in the world, I need to be visiting at least a dozen new countries a year. I’ve just booked my first few flights of the year. Aside from a weekend in Amsterdam in Feb, the first major trip this year will be in three weeks…
Me and Me hearties are off to the Middle East for our own uprising! We’re hitting Lebanon, Syria (border crossing permitting) and Jordan! ARGHH! (That’s 3 countries)
The next trip will probably be in Summer to the Caucasus ( 3 More countries). Maybe Iraq too.
September: all signs point West to a few months in Latin America, where I will tick off the rest of the countries.
3. Acquire Conversational Arabic & Intermediate Spanish
I’m studying both for while doing International Relations, so this is a fairly testable goal.
I used to have good Arabic when I was in Sudan, but I’ve lost most of it. My lessons and my upcoming trip to Arabia should bring be back to where I was and beyond. Not sure if I’ll still have enough skills to bed a virgin though..
As for Spanish, I can already have conversations, but want to get up gain some sort of fluency. I taking intermediate Spanish which will test me academically – but picking up in Latin America will truly test me on a practical level. Bring it.
4. Capture half a dozen flags
As I mentioned last year, I’m pretty satisfied if I sleep with 6 new nationalities a year. A little sad you may think, but that’s because your not a shallow flagger like myself. I’m not hoping for a repeat of 2011. Six is plenty. At 45 flags, I’m starting to run out of countries anyway. This means I’ll be hopefully reach 50 flags in the coming year. O yeah!
Most desired flags of 2011:
Any Arab flag – but I’m not holding my breath.
Most likely flags of 2011:
Probably will be mostly Latin American flags. Maybe a strangler from Europe or the East.
Fell free to leave a comment on your New Year Resolutions…