I know, I know. Do I even need to say it? No? Right? Okay. Let's get this show on the road.
1: BBC GLOBAL NEWS PODCAST
This is the best system I have found for staying on top of world news. I can fit it in whenever - during those 30 mins right after I wake up when I sit in bed on my phone, in the shower, cooling down on the gym, driving... pretty much anytime my ears aren't preoccupied.
The BBC produces two 30 min podcasts twice a day with the latest breaking news. I am literally listening to this right now as I write. Plus they have accents, so everything sounds fancy.
2. WORD OF THE DAY APP
This is the best way to spice up your vocabulary with the least amount of work possible. The Word of the Day app sends your phone a notification every day at noon with the Word of the Day, definition, and pronunciation (because 99% of the time the prospect of pronouncing the word wrong and sounding like a fool is what holds me back from using it).
I know a lot of people get emails from Word of the Day, but the last thing I need is this clogging up my inbox. Get the app. You can also scroll back to the previous words, which is great.
3. RIFLE PAPER DAY PLANNER
How do people who don't make lists get anything done? Seriously? I don't get it. I wouldn't have been able to graduate high school without to do lists.
I have tried many planners in my lifetime, and this BEAUTIFUL Rifle Paper Co. edition is one of two that have actually worked for me. I am not sure why that is, but I am not going to question it. I have gotten so much done lately. Thanks Rifle!
4. TRAVELETTES ARTICLE ON 100 WEDDINGS IN 100 COUNTRIES
I understand - lofty goals and lofty projects- so I hope they can pull this off. In November Travelettes featured a couple attempting to have 100 weddings in 100 countries. The project is a testament to their love, and an attempt to shed light on different marriage customs. As of July 2016 they've been married in 17 different countries. They've climbed the steps in Bled, had a costume wedding in Italy, and gone down the isle on horseback in Turkey.
I love learning about different marriage customs. This was one of my favorite parts about traveling in Asia. It is always interesting to hear the different ways cultures celebrate marriage. Be sure to ask locals about their traditional marriage customs when traveling!
5. MY BOOK CLUB
I love travel, I love writing, I love travel writing... and yet, I noticed some serious gaps in my travel literature repertoire. This is why I made it my new year's resolution to read one travel book every two weeks. Luckily, I also have a travel blog, so I can subject everyone to going down this rabbit hole with me.
I promise it will be fun! More information here!