New Year’s resolutions normally represent the changes that people want to make in the new or upcoming year. For some people, 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 enthusiast, the start of a new calendar year brings an inspiration to plan a bigger and more exciting adventure than the previous year. As travel experience grows, so does the desire to discover places that are more exotic, thrilling or diverse.
Whether you’re a keen traveler or someone who wants to make 2020 a year of adventures and travel, here are some cool ideas for your New Year’s resolutions.
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.
So, for 2020, make a serious attempt to literally disconnect during your travels. It is truly one of the best New Year’s resolutions to make this year. Not to mention, you’ll feel a lot better and more relaxed without your favorite gadget or smartphone by your side.
2. Immerse yourself
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.
3. Use up all your days for vacation
Work is very important, but so are vacation breaks. For 2020, vow to use up all vacation leaves, and use them to travel.
4. Be 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 2020. If you don’t, these plans will never come into fruition this year.
5. Take 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.
6. Master 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.
7. 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 Bali or Thailand.
8. 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.