There’s a good joke about New Year resolutions – that they’re just to-do lists for the first week of the coming year! But travel resolutions don’t have to be troublesome – in fact, they’re rather fun to stick to! Every time you come through on a travel resolution, you’re actually rewarding yourself, and improving your quality of life. Chances are, you already go on that one mandatory family vacation every year but why not do more this year? Why not make 2019 the year of adventure, discovery, and growth? So if you’re ready, here are 5 travel resolutions we think you should keep in 2019:
I will not put off my dream vacation any longer.
We often end up compromising when it comes to travel plans. There are so many considerations – maybe you aren’t getting enough leave off from work, or you were just too lazy to do something other than book your usual resort at the usual beach. But with some planning and determination, you could actually make that dream vacation a reality. Where is it that you always wanted to go, and how did you envision your holiday? Perhaps, you dream of staying in an overwater villa in the Maldives?
I will learn something new on my travels.
Holidays don’t have to be just about eating, drinking, and going on pre-booked tours, although all those aspects are of course entertaining. When you acquire a new skill in a foreign locale, you make it an experience to remember, and contribute to your personal growth. We suggest learning to cook Thai while in Thailand, or enjoying a Balinese dance lesson in Ubud. You could also learn a new adventure sport such as surfing or diving.
In 2019, I will try an adventure sport that has always scared me.
Taking that plunge into the unknown is always a difficult step, but once you do make the decision, it can turn out to be the experience of a lifetime. There are so many water sports in scenic locales like Krabi and Koh Samui that even non-swimmers can try. Apart from bragging rights, you also conquer your fears and see the world in a new light when you try an adventure sport. We suggest going on a hot-air balloon ride or riding a sand buggy across the desert in Dubai.
I will apply the philosophy of slow travel.
Shuttling from one place to another to tick off ten items on your itinerary in two to three days isn’t what dream vacations are made of. You make the most of travel when you slow down and take time to smell the roses and get to know a new place thoroughly. One of the best ways to do this is to interact with locals and explore offbeat attractions.
I will travel to a place I’ve never heard of.
The world is full of enchanting places you’ve had little introduction to. Take a chance and book a holiday to an unknown locale. Find out why the corals of Turks and Caicos Islands are so famous, or immerse yourself in the exoticism of Riviera Maya.