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Where Will the Road Lead You This Year?

Filed in Blog by on January 1, 2014

Taking the road less traveled. The coming of a new year is always a time of reflection. The obvious passage of time makes me stop and consider the past year’s triumphs and struggles, and look ahead at the possibilities to come.

I saw a quote yesterday by country singer Brad Paisley that said, “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”

That’s how I look at each new year too — a fresh book just waiting to be written.

In my work as a travel writer, I’m constantly scribbling notes and observations. I keep a fresh stack of pocket-sized blank diaries in my desk. They represent places I’ve yet to explore and people I’ve yet to meet. A worn and tattered diary, filled with notes and scribbles, is testament to a wonderful year.

While some may measure their wealth in large homes and fancy cars, I treasure the opportunity to travel. There’s nothing I like more than exploring a new destination with people I love — and I know there are many others who share that passion. Those of us who have chosen the profession of travel writing feel that passion at our very core.

Being a travel journalist may never bring fat checks or a cushy retirement, but it brings riches of different kind. If you share that love of travel, and count that among your goals this year, then I wish you safe travels and new horizons.

Author Bio: Janna Graber is a travel journalist, editor and video producer. She is an editor at Go World Travel Magazine, and the director at Travel Writing On Location, which offers travel writing workshops in top destinations around the world.

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