A very happy (belated) New Year to you all! May it be a year of great experiences, outdoor fun, self-improvement and new destinations.

2014 was the year I moved to another country, got married and started working for myself. Three major changes in both my personal and professional life. Travel was limited to two specific regions in the world (the Benelux and New England), allowing me to explore said regions thoroughly.

As good as 2014 has been, my goals for 2015 can certainly be called ambitious. I believe that it’s essential to set your personal goals – any goals, really – just beyond what you think is possible or realistic.

Ambitious Goals for 2015

I don’t take part in the hype of New Year’s resolutions though. They don’t work. And I already eat healthily, work out almost every day and read a lot. If I had a 2015 resolution, it would be to continue living like I have been in 2014.

Goals and targets are not the same as resolutions. (I do have to say that, in case you do have resolutions, goals will definitely help you succeed.) Resolutions tend to be vague, goals are specific.

My mind is constantly occupied with new ideas, plans and projects. If I ever want to make them a reality, I need very specific goals, preferably further divided into milestones. That’s how I’m most productive. I’m listing my goals for 2015 below, not so much for your sake as for my own. Public accountability will help to push myself to try and reach them. This list will also serve as a reference and reminder throughout the coming year.

10 Goals for 2015


  • Summit 25 Mountains
  • Photograph All Covered Bridges of Vermont
  • Do a Long-Distance Hike
  • Visit Three New Countries/States


  • Publish My First Book
  • Secure a Long-Term Sponsorship
  • Make $3,000 Each Month
  • Sell a Photo


  • Read 20 Books
  • Spend 90 Minutes Outside per Day

There, I think that’s enough to keep me busy during the following twelve months.

I’ll be posting how I’m doing sometime in the beginning of July, and at the end of the year you and I will both find out if I’ve managed to reach all these goals.

Bram Reusen

Bram Reusen is a Belgian travel photographer, writer and the founder of Travel. Experience. Live. He now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. From backpacking and adventuring to slow travel and cycling trips, Bram focuses on nature and adventure travel. His passions are hiking in national parks and sampling craft beers.


Corinne · January 4, 2015 at 10:57

Bram, I love the Vermont covered bridge goal. I think that by itself is pretty ambitious! Good luck and Happy New Year!

    Bram Reusen · January 4, 2015 at 11:03

    Yep, there are more than 100. That’ll require a lot of road trips :-). I have to say that I’ve checked off several of them already though, but there still are many dozens to see.

Maarten · January 5, 2015 at 07:23

Wow, that’s what I would call “de lat hoog leggen” 😉
Twenty-five summits seems a lot, so I’m really curious to see if you’ll be able to do it.Reading 20 books seems the most difficult task to me, though… (I’m a slow reader 😉 )
Have fun!
(btw, Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route is just amazing!)

    Bram Reusen · January 5, 2015 at 07:39

    Cheers, Maarten! I’m confident that I’ll be able to complete all my goals. Regarding those 25 mountains, I’m pretty much surrounded by mountains right now, so all I really have to do is get out there 🙂 This is going to be a great year again!

Susanne Romo · January 5, 2015 at 08:25

I really like that you have very specific goals, and I think they are all attainable! Congrats to you on working to get your book published…will it be a memoir?

May 2015 exceed all your expectations!

    Bram Reusen · January 5, 2015 at 09:05

    Thanks for those kind words, Susanne. My book is going to be about a three-month bike trip around northwestern Europe that I did in 2013, you could call it a memoir, yes. 🙂 Happy New Year to you!

Amy · January 5, 2015 at 09:25

I love the New Year because it gives me an excuse to sit down and really come up with goals for the coming year. I love the looks of yours. What fun, to see all those covered bridges and do some real traveling.

    Bram Reusen · January 5, 2015 at 10:26

    Exactly, I like setting goals, because that is how things get done. Hopefully I can manage to reach all of them, but that’s really all up to me! 🙂

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