29 Dec 7 New Year’s Travel Resolutions to Inspire Your Wanderlust
2017 is only a few days away and that means it’s time for a fresh start and a whole new list of New Year’s resolutions. When choosing your resolutions, it’s important to be realistic, specific, and to really focus on what you love most – like travel! And the less broad your goals are, the more likely you are to keep them. This year, skip the generic “travel more” option and choose from one of these New Year’s travel resolutions.
1. Unplug Completely During Your Vacation
It can be hard to escape all the stresses of your daily life, especially with today’s technology. Do yourself a favor and make a vow to completely unplug from cellphones and Internet access for the entirety of your vacation. Even better, get the whole family involved! You’ll be amazed how many more memories you make when everyone powers down the screens and focuses on what’s right in front of them.
2. Go Somewhere Unique
Break away from the usual routine by going somewhere unfamiliar and exciting. Instead of taking the typical travel recommendations from friends and family, choose a location that you never would have thought to explore and book a ticket! Check out unusualplaces.org for some inspiration on strange vacation destinations around the globe.
3. Focus on the Great Outdoors
Distance yourself from the shopping and restaurants side of vacation time and focus on natural scenery and fresh air. Whether you decide to hike a mountain, go camping, book a beachside cottage, or something else entirely, pick a time of year for beautiful weather and plan a vacation that’s centered around getting out and appreciating the local plant and wildlife.
4. Take a Daytrip Every Other Month
Vacation time can be difficult to get, especially when you work full-time or have kids in school. But you don’t need to travel for hours and take planes, trains, and automobiles to explore somewhere new. No matter how long you’ve lived somewhere, there’s always something new to be found. Google daytrips or sightseeing locations near you and take a quick 24-hour vacation to reset and recharge.
5. Go on a Solo Trip
Cut out the stress of compromising and coordinating and take a trip that’s focused solely on you! Traveling alone opens you up to a new world of experiences and lets you destress and reconnect with yourself in a whole new way. Choose somewhere that you’ve always wanted to go, pack light, and see where the trip takes you.
6. Learn a New Language
Travel is a whole different beast when you can speak the language and communicate with the locals in their native tongue. Resolve to learn some basic phrases and words in a language you’ve always wanted to study and then book a trip to a country that speaks the language. You’ll feel much more confident and have a more intimate experience.
7. Use Every Last One of Your Vacation Days
Don’t keep making the same mistake year after year. Your job gives you these vacation days – so use them! The U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off has accumulated tons of research and analysis proving the mental, physical, and financial benefits of using your vacation days (including that you’re actually more likely to get a promotion).