The New Year is upon us, and for every avid traveller the opportunity for new adventures is on the horizon. Whether you have a destination in mind, or want to see where the wind takes you, here are some New Year’s resolutions many of us travellers are making next year…
I will take at least one overseas trip
If you love escapes, domestic getaways are a given… but the travel bug can’t always be subdued so easily. If your budget allows, start thinking about where you want to jet off to next year. Do you want to visit extended family in Europe? Or perhaps spend Christmas in New York? Now is the best time to start planning your overseas trip, don’t wait too long or the months will fly by (like they did last year)! If you can, plan your overseas trip as early as possible, so that you have something to look forward to throughout the year. If you predict a hectic year ahead, take the time to think about what destinations are on your bucket list and aim to tick off at least one.
I will book flights way in advance
If you’re a very organised person, chances are you already do this – but there are many of us who still book trips on a whim. The downfall of that is that you might spend more than you need to and end up regretting it. It can be fun to be spontaneous, but if there’s somewhere on your bucket list you’re dying to go, aim to book it in advance. This will allow you enough time to save up and do all the things you want to do on your trip.
If you’re worried about committing too early, you can still stay on the look out for deals or ask your friends to keep an eye out for you.
I will make the most of public holidays
Public holidays are always a welcome refuge from a hectic work schedule – but they come as quickly as they go. Before the New Year starts, make note of all the public holidays coming up. Taking time off during public holidays (like long weekends) is the best way to make the most of your annual leave if you work a full time job. Prices can be inflated over holiday periods like Easter or Christmas, but if you plan early you might get lucky and find a good deal. There’s no need to spend all your leave in one go, if you can spread it out throughout the year, you can have several great holidays instead of just one!
I will stay within budget
It’s easy to get carried away with your spending when you travel and things definitely add up. How many times have you gone over budget? This year, plan your finances ahead of time and maybe even book a tour with excursions, meals and sightseeing included. This is a good idea if you’re prone to go over budget.
The more organised your finances are, the more freedom you will have to enjoy your holiday.
I will save more
Work hard, save harder. If you have a difficult time putting money away, this one will be tough, but if your travels are important to you, remind yourself why you’re saving. Organise automatic payments into your savings account, take on extra jobs and use the money for you holiday fund.
I will be more spontaneous
Spontaneity can make your travels more meaningful. Sometimes you don’t need to be more organised, you just need to be more flexible. Maybe you want to go off the beaten path, or choose a less popular travel destination, maybe you want to try food you’ve never tried before. Let this year be the year of more spontaneity! Don’t be afraid to do something out of the ordinary.
I will learn as much as I can about my next travel destination
Travelling is more than just going on a holiday, it can also be a great educational experience. People will often travel blind, but one of the best ways to make the most of your travels is to do your research beforehand. Take the time to learn about the history and cultural norms of the next place you visit. If you’re going to see Rome, give yourself a quick history lesson, learn about the historical significance of the Colosseum and the Vatican museums. Learn some basic Italian and common mannerisms. You will have a greater appreciation of a country if you understand it.
How many of these New Year’s resolutions resonate with you? Are you making any travel plans for the coming year?