New Year, new resolutions! We all have them, don’t we? From personal growth goals to more impromptu plans, having the luxury to be sloth-like to motorcycling along uneven paths in remote interiors; we bring you the 2020 travel resolutions of the Outlook Traveller team. Get to know the people who bring you your favourite travel stories 365 days a year (and 366 in each leap year):
“This is the year when I’ll look for the perfect companion for my travel assignments. Double the fun and half the hassle,” says Amit Dixit (Editor). Always on the move, Amit’s travels take him all over the world and with a work travel partner; it will be easier to have someone else shoot his videos!
Always on the trot, Sharmistha Chaudhuri (Web editor & Deputy editor) wants to visit South America, a continent she’s been longing to visit the past decade. “Chile, Argentina, Brazil—I’ve voraciously read books on the continent and if taking six months off from work was a reality, I would be on the first flight out of Delhi, starting the trip with a glass of caipirinha on the beaches of Rio. But it’s good to start things slowly, so instead of six months, I’ll begin with a two-week trip to Brazil sometime in 2020 and I will make that happen. It's been long enough.”
Back after a stint abroad, Labanya Maitra (Senior correspondent) wants to go back to popular haunts and look at them with fresh eyes. “While previously dismissing them as ‘common’ experiences, I want to revisit them to find the ‘what ifs’ and ‘what elses’,” she says.
“I plan to be more open, a little calmer, a little less cautious about trying ‘odd’ things, and to focus on improving time management! These qualities (should they be successfully ingrained) would help better prepare for trips, in terms of more meaningful reading about places, packing and planning hacks, and exploring local cultures,” says Nayanika Mukherjee (Sub-editor). A workaholic at office and lazy during off hours, she would also “like to take at least two long weekend trips by myself, as I tend to be a sloth and laze-eat-watch movies at home during all that free time. Like Ellie said in Up, adventure is out there!”
“I would love to travel more in India, go as local as possible and visit all the states,” states Anshika Nagar (Correspondent). Just back from the Southeast, she’s already planning a hyper-local trip to learn more about Madhya Pradesh, her home state.
For Simrran Gill (Features Writer), she would love to travel solo whenever possible and, “indulge in more adventure sports”. After trying her hand at paragliding and rafting, she is looking for a new challenge in 2020 and has deep sea diving in mind. Maybe the Andaman and Nicobar Islands or Egypt, only time will tell.
“I want to visit the lesser-known areas of the country, to engage more with locals and experience traditions from an authentic perspective,” says Sahana Iyer (Features Writer). She has the Northeast of India on her mind and can’t wait to ask for leave to turn her plans into reality!
OT’s newest joinee, Roshni Subramanian (Sub-editor) is always stressing and her approach to 2020 is to “focus more on the journey rather than the destination. Hopefully, a change in approach will make this year a stress-free year, at least in terms of travel”.
For Rangeet Ghosh (Designer & Illustrator), 2020 means open roads and the wind in his hair. “I will cover 2,000 kilometres on a motorcycle for sure. To more back pains, dust-covered faces and wind-beaten hair,” he says, looking forward to his summer trip to the hills where he wants to explore off-the-beaten path villages.
2019 was a big year for Puneet K. Paliwal (Senior photographer). He travelled the length and breadth of the country, yet many plans fell through because he hadn't booked tickets in advance. "My goal is to make realistic plans. I have to learn to plan out my dates so my work at office doesn't suffer. And no matter the mode of transport, I'll make sure to book tickets early so I can save on insanely priced last-minute ones."
Shruti Singh (Deputy photo editor) talks straight when it comes to her resolution: “2020 is for me to make sure I travel light, and I mean that in terms of luggage and people!
A lover of arts and crafts, Uttara Gangopadhyay (Contributing editor) wants to “learn about social and cultural history of people from the people themselves to get over my fear of starting a conversation with strangers.” Her next assignment to Odisha will give her a chance!
2019 has been a stressful, busy year for Anuradha Sengupta (Consultant editor). She will seek out quite places and soak in nature - "zero vehicles and human beings around." And to tackle her tsundoku habit, she plans to take along a pile of unread books from her shelf.
And what about you? Do any of our travel resolutions for 2020 match yours? Tell us in the comments!