NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

FOUR TRAVEL RES­O­LU­TIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

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So, you want to travel more this year? Get in­spired by first look­ing at pho­tos in travel mag­a­zines, tourism sites, Instagram or Pin­ter­est travel pages/pins. Once the travel bug has been fed with ideas, here are four res­o­lu­tions to get you mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

Pick a pur­pose for a trip. It’s eas­ier to de­cide you want to go to the beach than to pick which beach and when, just like it’s eas­ier to de­cide you want to try a cruise va­ca­tion than to fig­ure out which cruise line and what des­ti­na­tion. The first step will lead to another and soon you’ll be on your way!

Sched­ule your va­ca­tion time at work. This one is of­ten the hard­est to ac­com­plish. Use the pur­pose you picked to guide your choice of dates, i.e., are you plan­ning a warm weather ad­ven­ture or a win­ter sports trip? Then get the dates blocked. Ac­cord­ing to re­search done by Project Time Off, Amer­i­cans left more than 600 mil­lion va­ca­tion days un­used in 2015. The num­ber one rea­son given for not tak­ing all the time avail­able was fear of the moun­tain of work wait­ing when you re­turn. Put that fear aside and block your dates.

Sched­ul­ing va­ca­tion time is just as im­por­tant for the self­em­ployed. Block time on your cal­en­dar or you may find your­self reach­ing Jan­uary 2018 won­der­ing why you never took time off in 2017.

Plan at least one week­end es­cape. Kick off your travel year by plan­ning a week­end away. Week­ends are far eas­ier to ac­com­plish, and per Adi­nolfi, “A week­end es­cape re­ju­ve­nates us and helps us live more mind­fully by fully en­gag­ing in ac­tiv­i­ties, places, and our­selves (or the per­son we’re with if not go­ing solo).”

Take the first step by re­search­ing at­trac­tions near your home. Look for off-beat ho­tels or B&B’s. Plan a trip to a state park, the near­est mu­seum to your home, or a goofy tourist at­trac­tion. The what or where does not mat­ter. Week­end es­capes aren’t meant to be bucket-list ad­ven­tures, just ad­ven­tures.

Start a con­ver­sa­tion with a travel com­pan­ion. This one is easy. Text, tweet, mes­sage, or do it the old fash­ion way and pick up the phone and call. Where would you go if you planned a trip to­gether? In­volv­ing another per­son, whether it’s a fam­ily mem­ber or friend, makes you both ac­count­able and more likely to fol­low through with the trip.

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