Looking Forward, Not Back in 2021

We would normally start off the new year with a recap of our travels from the previous year, but since our travels were so limited we decided not to do that this year. There wasn’t anything magical about the first of January that will suddenly make everything that was wrong with 2020 come to an end as we are all too painfully aware and the start of 2021 feels pretty much like a continuation of 2020. Travel restrictions continue around the world and despite the hope that a vaccine brings, it is going to take a while before it provides the impact that everyone is hoping it will have. That assumes, of course, that the new mutations don’t impact the efficiency of the vaccines. We cancelled all of our major trips that we had planned in 2020, including trips to Turkey and Western Africa. Although we don’t have enough confidence to start planning anything new quite yet, we have tentatively planned to visit Portugal at the end of April.

Halong Bay in Vietnam

The new year does come with a sense of optimism that perhaps we will all return to some sort of normalcy in the coming months. Like many people, we are itching to get back to exploring the world and perhaps the lack of travel will inspire us to go to places that we hadn’t previously considered. We still hope to do a safari in Africa before the end of the year and have several other ideas of places we’d like to visit. It is truly hard to believe that it will have been at least a full year since our last trip out of the country and close to a year and half since our last significant trip, which was to Vietnam in November of 2019. When all of this started in March of last year, we really didn’t expect it to last for more than a few months and now it feels like it is never going to end, but we are trying to be hopeful.

Camel at the Pyramids in Egypt

With that said, we are not just putting 2020 in our rear view mirror, but doing our best to erase it from our minds. Until we can get to someplace new, we will continue to revisit some of our past trips to help us find inspiration for the future. We are doing lots of research on places that we’d like to see in 2021 and probably reading more about them than we would have previously done. We are also paying attention to the changing requirements for travel, such as proof of a negative test and potentially proof that you have been vaccinated, which we hope isn’t the case going forward. We know that some people found a way to continue traveling even in 2020, while others probably won’t travel until things have completely returned to normal. Whatever your plans are, we hope everyone has a safe and wonderful new year.

New Year’s Fireworks Over the Acropolis in Athens, Greece from Our Trip in 2017

Just on the Horizon

As another year draws to a close, we often reflect on the year that has been as well as think about the future ahead of us. We don’t tend to dwell too much on the past or worry too much about what may lie ahead as we have seen plans come and go within the blink of an eye. Instead, we prefer to live in the moment while still preserving the memories of the times that we have shared. When we say that we don’t dwell in the past, we mean that we do not think about what might have been, what things we wish we would have done, or generally feel regrets about lost opportunities. Life tends to happen whether you stress and worry about it or not, so one of our favorite sayings is that we have made mistakes, but have no regrets as we wouldn’t be the people that we are without those experiences, both good and bad. This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge – New Horizon asks that we share a new perspective for the new year or something that we would like to accomplish in the upcoming months. We love looking off to the horizon, wondering what treasures and sights might lie just beyond, but we aren’t making any grandiose plans. Our goal for the year ahead is to continue to travel whenever possible, share those experiences as best as we can, grow closer as a couple, and be the best world citizens that we possibly can be. We hope that the New Year brings to all of you many happy days and those things that make you feel fulfilled and satisfied. Here are a few photos of the horizon to get us all thinking about the year ahead.

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Fall 2010

Lake Near Rhonda, Spain

Another View from Lake Titicaca, Bolivia