Like Elizabeth Bishop’s travels across “different countries and continents, looking for something,” we established Sandpiper Travelers to share our pursuit of sustainable living at home and travel abroad. Naturally with the beginning of a new year, we’ve reflected on our goals for the upcoming months and year ahead. With our sights on extended travel in late 2019, we have plenty of planning and preparations to accomplish.
To make our travel dreams a reality, we’re going to be living that budget life. It’s difficult to say “no” to friends and family who are planning trips or nights out in the city, but we have to prioritize. Whenever I want to buy a plane ticket to visit friends or make a reservation to the hottest restaurant in the District, I think of the beaches in Greece or the rolling Scottish moors and close the tab on my screen. Prioritizing what experiences we spend our money on will allow us save for our long-term travels (even if that means skipping a few things along the way).
In 2018, we are aiming to be more mindful with our community garden plot and hone our skills. Although it’s twenty degrees today, we’ve already started planning what crops we’ll be planting and harvesting in the coming months. 2017 was a great start to creating sustainable practices at home, which will (hopefully) become intuitive habits in 2018. By combining our efforts in the garden and beliefs in sustainable food practices, we hope to fully realize our health goals for the new year: mind, body, and earth.
Cheers to the New Year! May it be full of joy and light!
-Kathryn & Hunter