A new year means a fresh start. And what better way to ring in 2016 than with some travel resolutions. Yes, travel resolutions! Instead of creating resolutions that may or may not be realistic (and resolutions you might forget), why not create resolutions that are attainable. And resolutions that are more like rewards, rather than chores, or honey dos.
The very first resolution you should make is to simply travel more. You could just stop there, but why would you? As Dr. Seuss once wrote, “You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”
Here are 6 attainable travel resolutions for you in 2016.
Save money on accommodations by joining a vacation home exchange. International Vacation Home Exchange has vacation homes all around the world. You will work with a personal coordinator to arrange your vacation home swap. And there are travel researchers available to help with your plans.
Get your passport if you haven’t already. You will be more inclined to travel abroad if you have your passport.
Start a travel fund. Your travel fund can be a simple change jar. My travel fund sits in a savings account. Every paycheck, about $20 goes into this travel account. The money adds up over time with interest. There are also websites that will help you set up a travel fund that others (friends and family) can contribute to in lieu of birthday or Christmas gifts.
Take a road trip. Maybe you can’t afford to take a trip abroad in 2016. So instead, grab a friend and hit the road for a weekend getaway. If you don’t feel like driving for several hours, then you can also take the train.
Check a trip off your bucket list. Maybe you are like me, and you want to travel to Nepal and hike to base camp on Mt. Everest. Or you want a selfie in front of all the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Whatever your bucket list destinations may be, pick one, and start making plans to cross that destination off your list.
Visit a new city in your own country. Again, you don’t have to spend a fortune to explore the world. Some of the most amazing places might be in your own backyard. Be sure to work with the travel researchers with International Vacation Home Exchange to help come up with an itinerary for your visit.
Your resolutions shouldn’t stop here. You should also set resolutions to go along with your travel resolutions. Make sense? Here’s an example. If you do take a road trip, then you should also set a goal to unplug during your road trip. Or, if you set a resolution to explore a new city, then you should set a goal to try a new dish while you are in that city. Bottom line, set some travel resolutions and have fun.