19 New Year’s Resolutions That Travelers Should Make In 2018
Still haven’t finished listing down your New Year’s resolutions? We’ve rounded up a few awesome New Year’s resolutions that both travel junkies and aspiring travelers should make for 2018!
New Year’s resolutions normally represent the changes that people want to make in the new or upcoming year. For some folks, their New Year’s resolutions include shifting to a new career, saving money, trying a new hobby, quitting a bad habit or losing weight. But for most travel junkies, the start of a new calendar year brings an inspiration to plan a bigger and more exciting adventure than the previous year. As their travel experience grows, so does their desire to discover places that are more exotic, thrilling or diverse.
Whether you’re a keen traveler or someone who wants to make 2018 a year of adventures and travel, here are some cool ideas for your New Year’s resolutions.
1 Travel somewhere that is out of your comfort zone
Challenging yourself once in a while is healthy and a good thing for travelers. Lazing by the pool on a sunny afternoon is nice and relaxing, but it is by no means the most rewarding and exciting form of travel. Try to take a step outside your comfort zone, by experiencing the bucket-list worthy adventures in New Zealand, or Thailand. Alternatively, you may also go on a nature expedition on Chile’s remote islands or Siberia’s icy lakes.
2Take more solo trips
We believe that traveling solo more often is one of top New Year’s resolutions in 2018 for travelers. And, if you have yet to go on a solo trip, 2018 is the perfect time to take a leap of faith. While sharing a getaway with a bunch of buddies and family is fun and pleasant, traveling alone is an empowering and eye-opening journey that will let you discover more about yourself and the realities of our planet. Not to mention, it will give you a chance to be yourself and do some bizarre things without the prying eyes of your gossipy friends. To top it all off, traveling solo lets you become the boss, and the captain of your voyage.
3Embrace the great outdoors
For most travelers, it’s easy to indulge on indoor activities, mouthwatering dishes and cozy nights in a ritzy hotel, especially when winter sets in. But to get the most from your travel escapades, you need to embrace Mother Nature and her majestic masterpieces. For 2018, try to spend more time on the great outdoors. Explore Asia Pacific’s great trekking trails or discover the strikingly beautiful national parks in the United States.
4Be a weekend warrior
One of the coolest New Year’s resolutions for aspiring travelers in 2018 is to become a weekend warrior. Even though these trips are rather short, weekend getaways are far better than a couple of days of watching Netflix movies in your couch or bedroom.
Hop on a flight or boat ride on a Friday evening, and get back home feeling more euphoric on a Sunday evening. You’ll get to see quite a few new cities and destinations every year, this way. For Americans, you can use this approach to get away to Mexico or Canada.
5Get up early and watch the sun rise
Nobody wants to wake up early, and drag him or herself out of the bed in the dark. Still, waking up early to catch sight of a sunrise is a rewarding experience that you must do at least once in your escapades. As a matter of fact, it should be on top of your list of New Year’s resolutions in 2018. Think about watching the beautiful sun rise over the iconic Machu Picchu, marveling at the Monument Valley, or hot air ballooning over the awe-inspiring temples of Bagan.
6Explore your own backyard
Don’t overlook your city, state or country, which has its own history as well as s incredible collection of noteworthy sights and intriguing diversions. If you live somewhere in the United States, national parks are by far incredibly beautiful and blissful places to visit in 2018. Furthermore, they are free, and you can get there without spending thousands of dollars on airfare and accommodations.
How often do you check your emails and texts during the day? How hard is it for you, on a scale of one to ten, to leave your smartphone at home or hotel while you head out for the day? Let’s face it, people nowadays are so dependent on these digital innovations that it would be a practically impossible for them to go without these gadgets for an extended period of time. From digital maps and language translators to solving simple mathematic problems, we rely on these techie tools in nearly every aspect of our travels and in life in general.
But the thing is, the whole point of going on a getaway or adventure is to relax, unwind and escape the daily grind. Of course, it’s essentially impossible to accomplish pure relaxation during your trip when you’re surrounded by digital distractions that connect you to all your troubles in the office or at home.
So, for 2018, make a serious attempt to literally disconnect during your travels. Trust me, it is truly one of the best New Year’s resolutions to make this year. Free from buzzing cyber world, unplugging will make you more involved in the experience as well as more attentive to the places you’re visiting. Not to mention, you’ll feel a lot better and more relaxed without your favorite gadget or smartphone by your side.
Digitally disconnecting yourself will bring you to the next entry of our list of New Year’s resolutions for travelers in 2018. As you unplug yourself from the brutal digital world, you’ll get to treat yourself to a fascinating trip that allows you to blissfully experience the local food and culture. With no online gossips, news and viral photos to occupy your time, you’ll surely have more time to delve into the culture and history of the place you’re visiting.
There are a lot of ways to immerse yourself into the place you are visiting. Here are some tips that will make your immersion trip a more meaningful and memorable one.
- Try to learn the culture and local language as much as possible, before your arrive
- Look up for what festivals and local events are on during your visit, and make sure to attend them
- Buy the local newspapers and magazines, even if you don’t know how to read them (it may help you get into the swing of the local language)
- Avoid all pricey tourists establishments, and eat as the locals would do (venture deep into the place’s side streets, and read local food blogs, before arriving)
9Research diligently before traveling
Doing more research on the place you’re visiting is a must-include entry to your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2018. The more educated you are about the place you’re visiting, the more prepared you will be to experience it.
Try to spend more browsing travel planning sites like Trekeffect, Tripadvisor, and Conde Nast. With the help of these online sources, list down the addresses of all the attractions that interest you. Then, print out a map, and mark all the landmarks, bars, museums, galleries and restaurants that you wish to visit. That way, you’ve got all the best spots on hand whenever you need them. Plus, the more diligent you do your research before you leave, the less you will need to rely on your tablet or smartphone.
10Use up all your days for vacation
Work is very important, but so are vacation breaks. For 2016, vow to use up all vacation leaves, and use them to travel.
11Be a better money saver
It’s easy make travel goals at the start of the year, but everyone knows how difficult it can be to save money for these plans. From phone bills to groceries and medical costs, there are plenty of other overheads and unforeseen financial expenses that arise during the year, which may ultimately push aside your travel plans. That’s why it’s downright important for you to make a conscious effort in saving money for your travel plans in 2018. If you don’t, these plans will never come into fruition this year.
Looking for a great way to save money for your travel plans in 2018? Here are a few tips that you will help become a better saver this year:
- Get a second job
- Drink tap water
- Quit smoking
- Stop drinking
- Stop snacking
- Skip the movies
- Sell your unused stuff
- Buy second-hand items
- Downgrade your phone plan
- Ditch your landline
- Find a roommate
- Sell your unused car (if there’s any)
- Cut the coffee breaks
- Learn how to cook
- Cut out your cable subscription
- Cut down on spa and salon costs (for ladies)
- Reduce your gas, water and power bills
- Eliminate or reduce car usage
- Ask for a raise
Also, don’t forget to use Mint or any other financial tracking tool, to track your progress. After all, monitoring your money-saving progress will keep you on target and highly motivated.
12Learn more about geography
Can you list down all the capital cities of the world or name every country in Europe? If not, 2018 is the year for you to stick a huge world map of your wall, start learning more about world geography.
13Seek out unusual and new experiences
For 2018, try to become a bit more daring, and go for utterly bizarre experiences, such as visiting Mexico’s haunted island of dolls and experiencing a red wine spa somewhere in Japan.
14Take the bus, bike, train or walk
These options will not only save you a great deal of money and energy, but they will also let you see more of the place you are visiting. Your money will remain in the local economy, and you will get to spend more time with the locals. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a win-win situation for both parties.
15Master the art of packing
You are going on a trip, and not shifting base to another country. Pack lightly and carry only the bare essentials for your next trip. Take a cue from travelers, backpackers or mountaineers, and master the art of packing.
16Go on an unplanned getaway – one of the crazier New Year’s resolutions for travelers
Have a strong appetite for adventure? One of the New Year’s resolutions that you should make in 2018 is to make a last-minute booking, and go an impromptu getaway to anywhere. No planned travel itinerary, no research and no hotel reservations. Just land at the destination, and from there, figure out everything for your vacation. Although this idea sounds a bit scary and crazy to some people, it is absolutely a fun and exciting experience that you will cherish for years to come. Not a bad addition to your list of New Year’s resolutions, right?
17 Don’t stick to tourist hot-spots
Sure, they are popular and nice for reason, but wouldn’t it be great and wonderful if you could spread your travel wings and explore lesser-known places in and around your destination? Read travel blogs, chat with the locals, and spend a few hours wandering around aimlessly because you might end up discovering some exciting things to do and hidden treasures. And by the way, even if you don’t travel very often, you should seriously consider this idea, when building a list of New Year’s resolutions for 2018.
18 Use travel hacks more often
Want to make your life and escapades easier and cheaper in 2018? Change up your vacation game by finding loads of informative travel hacks, money-saving travel tips on Pinterest and our travel blog.
19 Be in the moment
Traveling can be pretty stressful and hectic, even for seasoned backpackers. As a matter of fact, it can leave you sensitive and extra concerned about ticking everything off your list of things to do. When these things happen, stop, and take a deep breath.
Forget about the bus schedules, closing times, and fitting in that trekking trip before lunchtime. Take a look around, enjoy the sights, listen to the crashing waves on the shore, observe the locals in the habitat, and feel the sands. Slow down, and experience the delight of the place you have worked so hard to get to.
Got a couple of New Year’s resolutions that we haven’t mentioned in this list? Please share them with us through the comment section below. Cheers!