8 New Year’s Resolutions For Those Less Traveled

Broaden your horizons, try something new and learn how to travel more


Work on conquering your fears in the New Year.

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When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, there are two types of people: those who resolve to visit all seven continents (perhaps scaling Everest along the way) and those who struggle to simply make time for a vacation. Good news for the “less traveled” set: You don’t need a tour guide—or even a passport—to reap the benefits of travel.

What you do need, however, is a willingness to step outside your comfort zone, openness to learn how to travel more and, perhaps more importantly, the courage to actually use all of your vacation days for once. So whether you’re a homebody or a workaholic who’s overdue for a vacay, make these New Year’s resolutions for 365 days full of unlimited travel possibilities.


Say yes to new experiences


Embrace new opportunities and adventures. You never know where they might take you!

It can be something small (raising your hand to go on an out-of-town business trip) or a little bigger (agreeing to an impromptu getaway across the country). Either way, a flexible, just-say-yes mindset will open you up to opportunities and experiences your previous year’s self might have missed.


Conquer a fear in a big way

Afraid of heights? Face your phobia with a visit to the Grand Canyon. Scared to fly? Book a first-class ticket to a destination you’ve always wanted to visit. You’ll return home feeling empowered (albeit in a sweaty, clammy kind of way).


Cancel all the memberships that encourage you to remain housebound

Say goodbye to pricey meal kits and streaming services and put the money toward a savings account to be used for a future escape. The squirreled-away cash might not seem like much at first, but by the end of the year, you’ll have a nice chunk of change set aside for your well-deserved trip.


Try the authentic version of a bucket-list food


Travel the country to experience authentic versions of all your favorite foods.

Always wanted to bite into a New Orleans beignet? How about a Philly cheesesteak? Maybe you long for a slice of New York pizza? Go straight to the source! Traveling solely to experience a dish’s real-deal version is as good a reason to cross state lines as any.


Volunteer in another city

If there’s a selfless reason to travel, this is it. You could volunteer your time toward relief efforts in a city affected by natural disaster, for example, or help build affordable housing with an organization like Habitat for Humanity. Not only will you be able to experience a new place and meet new people, you’ll give back while doing so. Win-win.


Plan a vacation to the setting of your favorite flick

Is the city or small town of your favorite TV show or movie as glamorous or charming in real life? There’s only one way to find out! Don’t leave without recreating the most memorable scenes in their actual shoot locations. Pics or it didn’t happen!


Conquer your fitness goals in another state


Put your body to the test in another state.

Resolving to get in better shape for the new year isn’t exactly original, but you can take it one step further by signing up for an out-of-town athletic event. The vision of you crossing the finish line of a prestigious marathon or triathlon could be enough to keep you motivated during those grueling training sessions.


Take every single one of your vacation days (for real this time)

In the future, will you look back and say, “I wish I hadn’t missed that week of work ten years ago!”? Definitely not. But you will rue the opportunities you didn’t take and the memories you didn’t make. Here’s to living a life without regrets.

Ready to travel more? Start by booking a hotel in your destination.


 

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