It’s officially 2018 and with a new year comes new year’s resolutions. This year, don’t settle for the same old goals—why not try something exciting? If you’re looking to add a little adventure to your new year, here are 6 things to do to broaden your horizons in 2018.
1. Try a new type of food.
Start with something simple: Try a new type of food that you’ve never experienced before. There are so many culinary phenomena popping up at restaurants across the country, from poke to pho and other dishes that had previously been known to only those who grew up in cultures who have developed the dishes over generations.
Even if you’re not sure you would like a certain dish, it can never hurt to try something new.
2. Do something that scares you.
Not everyone has skydiving at the top of their bucket list, but one sure way to have an adventurous year is to get outside your comfort zone.
Maybe the thing that scares you is public speaking or maybe it’s taking a trip by yourself, but whatever you feel would be a challenge, make an effort to give it a shot this year. You might end up expanding your boundaries and finding out you love something you originally thought would terrify you.
3. Experience a new terrain.
Some people are very familiar with different types of environments, whether it be forest, desert, tundra, or the beach. Whatever landscape you spend the most time in, spend some time in its polar opposite.
Experiencing a new type of terrain will teach you a lot about the beauty of nature and the how people live elsewhere in the country. Plus, it’ll make for some incredible Instagram photos.
4. Take a road trip.
You can have incredible adventures just exploring the area where you live! Taking a road trip, even just for a day, allows you to see more of the state or region around you.
You might make stops at old attractions or find a favorite restaurant, but even if all you do is drive around, you’re bound to uncover at least a few fun new places.
5. Visit a new country.
Find a country you’ve never visited but have always wanted to visit and figure out what time of the year would be best to go. You can go solo or take a friend along. Either way, you’ll be making lasting memories in a cool new place.
6. Go for a hike.
There are some truly incredible hiking trails out there, and what better way to experience the glory of nature than by hiking through it? Whether you take a short hike close to home or head to one of the many famous hiking trails America has to offer, hiking is a great activity that helps you stay active and allows you to spend some quality time outdoors at the same time.
No matter what kind of a person you are or how many risks you like taking in your daily life, everyone can find a way to incorporate some adventure into their new year. You don’t have to get into scary situations in order to expand your horizons—just getting a bit outside of your comfort zone can show you a little more of what the world has to offer.