This is it. This is the year your travel dreams become a reality. New Year’s resolutions might fade, but adventure lasts a lifetime. Start your 2017 journey with travel resolutions that are fun to stick to.
Stop putting it off
In life, we have to make time for what’s important. Did you know Americans wasted 658 million vacation days last year? Take advantage of your time off! Pick the destination. Book the tickets. Dreams aren’t meant to stay between the pillow and the comforter.
Set a course for romance
With work, chores, and kids on a never-ending to-do list, marriage can shift to the back burner. But it is important that you take it off and turn up the heat. Set aside time for you and the love of your life to fall head over heels again. It won’t simply make for livelier dinner table discussion, it can renew your romance for years to come. We recommend starting here.
Travel is about relaxing, and that can be harder to do – especially for your muscles – when you’re lugging your own weight in clothes and shoes in and out of hotels and airports. Try this trick to break the habit: instead of playing a game of “what if” with your belongings, make a list of items you need and stick to it.
Look out the window
On your next flight, stop and marvel at the world.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands – Psalm 19:1 NIV
Leave your baggage behind
Not literally your baggage, but your baggage. Responsibilities and stress are not allowed in your carry-on, or checked luggage this year.
Go somewhere you’ve never been before
You’ll be surprised how exploring the world can impact your own corner of it.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore – Andre Gide
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Mishaps feel stressful in the moment, but don’t they make the funniest and most memorable stories? When something goes wrong take a deep breath and find the humor in it. We also recommend checking out these travel apps so you’re prepared for anything and everything.
Get curious about cuisine
A new favorite might be just under your nose. Do a little pre-trip planning, or ask the locals where they eat to get an authentic taste of new destinations.
Break out of the ordinary and add at least one of these to the list of ways you’ve moved: cruise ship, train, surfboard, zipline, canoe, horseback, rickshaw, horse-drawn carriage, parasail, flyboard, catamaran.
Make a difference
First, travel responsibly. Be respectful of the customs and scenery. Second, consider donating your time and energy. Imagine how impactful travel would be if we all gave a little back to the communities that welcomed us in.