We always want the New Year to bring bigger and better things, and 2018 will be no different. Every year, we make resolutions. Every year most of us break them. But, it seems that keeping resolutions that are tied into things that you enjoy and appreciate, like travel, are much easier to keep as they’re achievable and you want to accomplish them. Travel New Year resolutions are in fact fun, encouraging and exciting. Making minor changes and creating goals can help travel infatuated humans achieve and tick off the biggest bucket-lists to date and help set you up to do even more. How satisfied and stoked will you be?
Here are 10 travel new year resolutions:
1.Travel outside of your own country
Get out of your own country and see another. Perhaps you’ll discover a different culture, history, a way of life and an array of diverse people. Visiting a new country opens your eyes to new things and is a valuable learning experience. You see and encounter matters you otherwise wouldn’t have if you stay in your own country. Travelling outside of your own country may mean that you will be travelling somewhere out of your comfort zone. It will be a good challenge for you and will also be rewarding.
2.Purchase tickets early
Buy your flights, tours and accommodation early. Not only are there always amazing early bird sales where you can save some serious cash but, buying everything in advance means you have travel to look forward to, which is something massive to get excited about. Having travel to look forward to is super exhilarating and it also means that you have a goal – it may be the light at the end of that tunnel that you so desperately need.
Save on the booze; spend on travel! Do you really need to have a raging night out every week, which blows all your cash? Nah! Do you really need to go out for dinner 3 to 4 nights a week? Nah! Being more aware of what you’re spending your cash on will help you a lot. Having a night off from drinking or cooking dinner instead of buying takeaways or heading to a restaurant will really save you some serious coin in the long run. A little goes a long way, especially if you have a target of the amount of money you want to take away with you. What’s even better? The money that you save will be way more satisfying to spend when you’re travelling. There are helpful banks and apps such as Monzo. It updates your bank balance instantly and breaks down how much you’re spending into different categories such as; groceries, eating out, transport, shopping and so on. This is a fantastic life hack which will make you aware of what you’re spending and where you’re spending it.
4.Use all your annual leave
Don’t be a dud! If you’re working full time, use all of your annual holiday up. Don’t let it go to waste. Time off is vital to a salubrious work-life balance and is good for the mind, body and soul. Use all of your time off to explore and see new things, which gives you better work stories, that ultimately makes you a more interesting human. Win-win situation!
5.Be more spur-of-the-moment
Last minute travel is exciting! Those weekend escapes are underestimated however, they’re perfect for when you’re itching to go away, especially if you’re trying to save your pennies or have limited holiday days left. In a weekend you’ll be able to experience new activities, new restaurants and bars and new people. That’s much more exciting than heading to your local pub on a Friday night. Whether it’s to a place that’s domestic or to a place that’s international, it makes the time between your last trip and your next trip not so bad. A lot can be gained from a spontaneous trip.
6.Travel off-the-beaten track
2018 should be the year that you don’t go to the classic tourist trap destinations. Get away from the tourist bubble and go and explore countries that are less visited and off-the-beaten track. Instead of following the tourist route, get on bus that takes you to a less known city, see where the street leads or bustle through a busy bazaar. You’re bound to have different and memorable experiences than you would if you stayed within the classic tourist boundaries. When you take risks, or don’t follow a strict itinerary, you’re more likely to obtain greater rewards.
7.Tick one large sight off your travel bucket-list
Which large sight will you tick off your travel bucket-list for 2018? Could it be the Great Pyramids of Giza? Or the majestic Taj Mahal? Or how about Angkor Wat? For you it could be as big as one of sights we’ve mentioned, or it could be something like eating tagine in Chefchaouen, the blue city of Morocco, or visiting the fairy-tale land of Cappadocia. Whatever is your one large sight that you want to visit, make sure you get it done in 2018 to get it ticked off your travel bucket-list.
8.Prioritise travel over materialistic things
Many people want designer clothes, house mortgages, flash cars and massive weddings. But many people to travel. You need to weigh up what’s most important to you and what you need to do and sacrifice to get there. Travel is a choice. If travel is your priority, the materialistic things don’t matter. Plus, you can always get them later. Easy! Instead of purchasing £200 shoes, that could render into flights to a destination of your choice. We think that travel is much more satisfying than materialistic things and if you want to something badly it enough, you’ll get there.
9.Learn foreign words everywhere you go
What’s fun about travelling? All of the different languages around the world! Of course, you can’t pick up a language entirely whilst being in the country for a certain amount of time however, you can definitely pick up some of the words when you’re there. Helpful words such as; “hello”, “goodbye”, “please”, “thank-you” and “how much?”, can help you when you’re in a foreign country. What’s great, is that locals appreciate it if you try as showing effort makes a difference.
10.Travel more responsibly
Being more aware about your responsibility when you travel can make a massive difference. Things such as saying no to riding an elephant or patting a tiger, to spending your money with local businesses, to volunteering, to counteracting your carbon footprint, can really make a difference. It’s never too late to look at how you can make a difference when you travel.
Keen to get your 2018 travel New Year resolutions into play? Travel Talk has an array of tours to various destinations. You can find more about these tours here.