New Year... 5 travel resolutions
How can you make 2015 your best year for travel yet? Here are some new year’s resolutions that may help.
Travel inspiration can arrive at any moment. The impetus to revamp and refresh your travel habits can also come along whenever it sees fit – but why wait for it to strike you of its own accord?
The new year is a natural time for making changes. Resolutions commonly comprise lofty goals that have little connection with reality and, as a result, have a limited impact on your life. So when 2015 arrives, why not swap those pie in the sky resolutions for something a little more achievable – such as an overhaul in your travel habits?
Travel is so important to so many of us, but often it gets sidelined as an unnecessary luxury, or is relegated to the realm of habit. Select a few of the below resolutions to help make 2015 your most exciting year for travel yet.
Be a little bolder
If you tend to play it safe when it comes to destinations, always choosing locations in the same broad region or that have a lot in common, why not resolve to be a little bolder with your choices this year? This doesn't have to mean plunging yourself into the unknown – though you certainly can! Instead, make a smaller change that's slightly out of your comfort zone.
Should you have been put off certain destinations by a language barrier, for example, make 2015 the year that this doesn't stop you. Or, pick a destination a little further afield than you would normally feel comfortable travelling – or treat yourself to a longer break so you can explore in more depth.
Start ticking off your bucket list destinations
As the years roll by, it's all too easy to put off the very things that we most want to do, promising ourselves that we will get round to them 'next year' – and so it often is with travel. Begin 2015 by taking a fresh look at your bucket list of destinations – you may have a few additions or subtractions to make.
Once you have your list, pick one of these to visit in 2015. Try not to get too hung up on picking the right destination – it's more important that you get at least one of them ticked off. After selecting one, start making your travel plans as soon as you can – you don't want to lose momentum and end up not going!
Take more care with your travel plans
If you are already making good progress with your bucket list destinations or currently push yourself to visit more adventurous destinations, why not make your resolution to take more care with your travel plans?
After all, often you will visit a destination only once in your lifetime, so there is a lot to be said for making sure you're doing it justice. One of the simplest ways to do this is to plan your trip through a specialist tour operator, which can offer expert knowledge and a wealth of advice.
Not only is this advantageous in the planning stages, but it can also prove a boon during the trip itself. For example, on many of our itineraries here at Cox & Kings, we provide guides with expert knowledge who will furnish you with an in-depth understanding of local attractions and culture.
Try something new
Habits are hard to break – and travel habits are no exception. These can take far more forms than simply visiting the same destination over and over again; perhaps you always choose the same kind of activities, for example, or select the same type of holiday.
While there's nothing wrong with focusing on what you like, it does rather limit your potential to have new experiences and discover new things. So, if you're a creature of habit, in 2015 purposefully choose a trip that offers something different – no matter how strong the temptation is to revert to form.
All travel offers the opportunity for learning in some fashion, but if you are particularly eager to broaden your horizons, it is worth considering a trip with something of an educational element. Our arts & culture tours, for instance, not only give you the chance to venture into buildings normally closed to the public, but also to hear specialist lectures on seminal works of art – and to pose your burning questions about them to experts.