With 2017 almost upon us, it’s time to finalise those New Year resolutions!
It’s an opportunity to reflect on the past twelve months and decide what you’d like to change – or do more of. I think it’s safe to say that most people’s lists will feature either a ‘travel more’ or ‘tick one off the bucket list’ resolution.
But will they stick to them?
New Year goals typically have a shelf life of 4-6 weeks. Travellers on the other hand, are a different breed. They live and breathe travel, meaning that even if money is tight, they’ll always figure out a way to reach that destination. It’s been proven that travel makes us happier than buying things we want, the memories of our travel experiences continue to supply us with happiness hormones for far longer.
So for the travel seekers out there who have already started packing, what resolutions can help you to make the most of your trip?
Learn something new
Can you name a country from the shape alone? Or list all the capitals of the world? If not, pin a map on your wall and start learning! As well as increasing your travel knowledge, it will also bring new countries to your attention that you may never have considered.
Or instead, why not aim to learn at least 10 words or phrases in another language. Even with a basic knowledge of a foreign language, you’ll feel more confident and new opportunities will open themselves up. You won’t be quite as scared to strike up that conversation with a local. Remember, they’re the ones who can tell you about the hidden gems that the guide books don’t.
Venture outside your comfort zone
People who are willing to go beyond their comfort zones and take risks are more likely to reap bigger rewards. Travelling opens the door to discover new abilities and grow as an individual.
Although it’s great to have a solid schedule for your travels, there’s something thrilling about travelling without a fixed itinerary.
So maybe instead of following the tourist route, go and explore, see where that street leads or get on a boat and explore that tiny island. Some of the most memorable experiences come from being spontaneous.
Take a digital detox
Think unplugging from screens and wifi… (I know a scary thought for some) and setting aside plenty of time to embrace your surroundings.
Why not try resisting the urge to use that Satnav or asking Google for directions. Use a map instead, you’ll feel a sense of achievement by keeping your brain active and the adventure alive. Avoid posting every second of your trip on social media, wait until you’re back home. Show the photos to your friends in person and tell your stories at the same time, they’ll be much more jealous that way!
Also, with today’s culture being to capture every moment on your phone, we’re missing experiencing the ‘real life’ memories. Make a point of NOT taking a photo and simply embrace the view. You won’t regret it!
Make the most out of business travel
Okay so you have the chance to visit somewhere that hasn’t quite made it onto your bucket list, but, this could turn out to be one of your most memorable experiences! Granted, this is a work trip and you have meetings to attend and a job to do, all we’re saying is use your time wisely.
This could be anything from exploring the local eateries on you lunch break instead of sticking with the work crowd, or even requesting to take some leave to extend your stay and really make the most out of this unusual destination.
So, what are your travel resolutions for 2017?
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