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9 New Year Travel Resolutions You Should Be Making

by LaurettaCWright
9 New Year Travel Resolutions You Should Be Making

We may well be well in the first month of the year, but it’s never too late to set yourself some New Year Travel Resolutions for the year ahead.

Travelling – either alone, as a couple, in a group or with your family is one of life’s necessities rather than luxuries.

We all need escapism from our daily routines – and we can utilise our travel experiences and adventures to better ourselves and those around us.

Here are some new travel ideas and activities that you can look to start implementing this year…

Take more breaks of shorter durations

This year – for the first time, we’re actually looking at going away three times. And living off a journalist’s wages (me) and a teacher’s salary (VIP) isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, trust me.

But by choosing shorter holiday durations and spacing them out through the year – one at Easter, one in the summer holidays – and one at October half-term, we’ll really feel the benefit of having enjoyed the year. Plus it will probably work out a lot cheaper than one long-haul, two-week holiday.

Plus you can’t put a price on taking the time to be with the family and have some downtime together.

Having said that, if you do get the opportunity to travel sans family (outside of the term time holidays), then grab it with both hands!

With just a few exceptions, prices always increase dramatically when the kids are off school. Even if you only manage a short hop across the channel – a change is as good as a rest!

Try new activities

When you go away, rather than just ‘flying and flopping’ on the beach, challenge yourself to try new activities.

A great idea is to book activities before you travel so you’ve got even more to look forward to while you’re on holiday. There are so many opportunities to try.

For example, when we went to Disney World in Florida last year, we booked to try A Boggy Creek Airboat Ride – and we all loved it. Even if you're just on a weekend break in London – there are so many alternative things to try – I bet you didn't know you could go on a Walking Food Tour of Soho!

Enjoy new experiences – and even learning new skills whilst away – can only enrich your holiday – and doing something other than lazing on the beach or lying on a sunbed and is a sure-fire way to make your holiday a memorable one.

Airboat Ride

Spot the alligator!

Pick a new destination

When we choose our holiday destinations each year we always choose somewhere we haven’t been before.

Both VIP and I travelled independently after we went to university – I spent 15 months travelling the world and it’s something I’ll never forget.

I had some of the best memories meeting new people, trying new experiences and getting to grips with local culture and traditions – it was a real eye-opener.

And because I understood that each destination, country or region had something different to offer, I’ve never lost sight of this.

And even though I bloody loved our two week getaway to South Africa a couple of years ago – and would love a return visit, I’d like to recreate similar holiday memories in a new destination.

Travel broadens the mind – and if you’re always looking to go to new places, learn local phrases and appreciate a destination’s history, cultures and customs, then you really can say that you’re well-travelled (and have friends in all places!)

Travel differently

If you’ve travelled as a couple or a family – how about doing things differently this year?

If you get on well with your parents or the in-laws, why not suggest a multi-generational holiday? We tried this out last year and it worked out really well for us.

Yes, there may be situations where you find yourself compromising, but if everyone’s fair game, then you’ll probably end up coming back with memories that will last you a lifetime.

Alternatively, if you usually just go away alone or in a couple, why not suggest to another couple or family that you get away together?

It doesn’t have to be a two-week holiday in some far-flung location – even a long weekend at a holiday park could be just the ticket – and it’s a great way of determining if you’d suit going away for longer or overseas with the other party without spending a fortune.

Get the best deal

I’m thrifty by nature and I enjoy helping others save money on things like travel and home interiors – as these are my two favourite things (apart from the family of course!).

But I always say, why pay full price for something when you can find something equally as good – if not better – for a lot less? There’s a lot to be said on getting the best value for money and come away feeling smug that you’ve managed to save yourself a few quid.

I have a number of go-to websites where I start searching holiday deals including websites like ebookers and TravelSupermarket etc..

These are ‘compare the market’ type websites and will take a lot of the hard work out of finding the best prices and holidays that suit you.

The learning lesson is to shop around to get the best price to suit your circumstances – and not to settle for second best – or the very first thing that you see.

Make it tailor-made

There are two types of holiday: Package holidays where you pay one price and your flights, transfers and accommodation are all included – and something called Dynamically Packaged Holidays, where you (or your travel agent) bolts together the different components of a holiday separately.

The beauty of designing your own holiday (booking your flights, hotels and transfers) separately is that you can shop around and very often get some fantastic deals.

You can also add-on other components to the holiday – an overnight stay at an airport hotel, a ferry crossing – check out Ok-Ferry, attraction ticket or car rental for example with companies like Holiday Extras.

Good sites that I start with – and tend to offer the best value for money – are: Momondo for flights, APH for airport parking and TravelSupermarket for accommodation, but there are plenty out there.

Face your fears head-on

I’ve put myself for plenty of challenges while I’ve been on holiday. I’ve parachuted out of a plane in Australia, launched myself off a crane at Chelsea Bridge to try bungee jumping and, my most recent and craziest travel experience, was swimming with sharks in South Africa – OUTSIDE OF THE CAGE!

This doesn’t mean you need to follow my examples and go a bit crazy while you’re away, but everyday activities like rock-climbing when you’re scared of heights or Stand-Up Paddle Boarding when you’re not a great swimmer, will boost your confidence when you’ve achieved them.

There’s something very powerful about overcoming your fears – by thinking more like a child. It brings out the best in you – and again, you’ll return home more likely to recall these great experiences to your grandchildren!

Get fit & stay fit!

Although we’re all probably guilty of letting the diet slide a little while we’re away, I usually don’t let the guilt get to me.

I know that I’m usually on the go throughout the day – either swimming, walking or enjoying great activities, meaning that I’m losing calories.

However, more and more operators, hoteliers, cruise lines and holiday companies in general are jumping on the bandwagon and realising that people are looking to use a holiday as a great way to improve their fitness.

You’ll know what I mean when you stay at a hotel and see the list of daily activities includes things like aqua aerobics and sunset yoga!

It’s a good idea to keep your eyes peeled for these – as many of them are free, but there are plenty of other ways to stay healthy on holiday if you set out to do so.

Stay healthy on holiday

Volunteering

Volunteering yourself and utilising youur skills is an immensely satisfying way to really enjoy your holiday.

And I’m not talking about picking grapes at a vineyard – although come to think about it, that’s a great activity to try!

From teaching and building projects, to natural disaster relief and conservation projects, there’s a whole variety of options out there to try – and tour operators are creating more and more ‘voluntourism' opportunities by the second it seems.

Alternatively, you can always look for your own opportunities to help local communities while you’re away.

When we were holidaying in South Africa, we saw a local rural tour advertised to visit a Township and local school – and we jumped at the chance.

It was a very humbling experience and I’d 100% recommend it; seeing our kids handing out sweets to the kids of the local school – some of whom were so poor they couldn’t even afford shoes – was such an eye-opener for them and they loved the feeling of being able to help others.

Which of the above New Year Travel Resolutions have you tried before? And which are you keen on trying soon?

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48 comments

kerry 17th January 2019 - 11:41 pm

This is such a great post Lauretta, and you raise points that I hadnt thought about. We took a few shorter, mini break type holidays last year and it was brilliant. It did feel like we were always going away! I like to seek out the best deals with companies too, but havent tried any of the ones you mention. I will be having a nose!

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LaurettaCWright 10th February 2019 - 11:06 pm

I realised I never replied to this Kerry (not intentional of course!) The shorter breaks dotted throughout the year are also something we’ve been considering too – any excuse to get away and discover new places…even if they are staycations!

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Will Charles 18th March 2018 - 12:49 am

The transgenerational trip is a great idea. There is only so much time we have to spend with family and these can be the best memories. Thanks for sharing!

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LaurettaCWright 18th March 2018 - 8:10 am

Thanks Will and wise words!

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Cal at Family Makes 26th January 2018 - 12:33 pm

There are so many places and things we still want to try – thank you for the inspiration! I hope you and your family get to go somewhere exciting this year!

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LaurettaCWright 26th January 2018 - 4:13 pm

Thanks Cal – fingers crossed we’re having a few mini getaways this year! Hope you manage your yearly ski trip!

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ZARA 21st January 2018 - 12:54 pm

This has been very helpful so hopefully this will motivate me into booking more exciting holidays for me and my family! Fingers crossed! 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 21st January 2018 - 1:12 pm

That’s great to hear you’ve been inspired – Good luck 🙂

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hannah 15th January 2018 - 8:55 pm

I agree with you about doing shorter breaks. This is what i’m doing this year. I’m going to a few different places throughout the year

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LaurettaCWright 15th January 2018 - 8:57 pm

Sounds like a great plan to me!

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Ashton Gibbs 15th January 2018 - 1:32 pm

I absolutely love all of these! Taking shorter trips more frequently is something I started doing last year and I’ll definitely be keeping it up!

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LaurettaCWright 15th January 2018 - 2:25 pm

Nice one Ashton! 🙂

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lisa prince 15th January 2018 - 11:27 am

wow i love a challenge and i do try to give myself and my family them each week, i would love to be better well being and travel

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LaurettaCWright 20th January 2018 - 5:57 pm

It’s great to see different places isn’t it Lisa? If we get the opportunity of course!

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Rachel Evans 13th January 2018 - 8:30 pm

I alway love getting the best deals on holidays and trying new things 🙂 I got SUCH a good deal a few years ago and I feel like I peaked there and won’t get such a good one again

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LaurettaCWright 14th January 2018 - 12:19 pm

Thanks for that Rachel – I think there are plenty of great deals out there to be had – but luck has a lot to do with it – and timing of course!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes 13th January 2018 - 5:31 pm

I always try to pick a new destination each time we travel, I am thinking this year I would like to take more tailor-made trips too 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 14th January 2018 - 12:20 pm

I think tailor-made trips are the best – you get to go exactly where you want and try all the activities you like – it’s a no-brainer isn’t it? (given that it’s affordable of course!)

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Amy 13th January 2018 - 1:11 pm

Love this post! Totally agree with picking a new destination to travel to. To be honest I always try to visit a new place when travelling and don’t often go back somewhere twice. There is so much more to see! Volunteering is a great thing to do too x

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LaurettaCWright 13th January 2018 - 1:40 pm

Sounds like you’re a seasoned traveller Amy – and like exploring. I’d like to give volunteeting a go with the kids one day – what a great experience that must be!

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Laura Dove 13th January 2018 - 1:10 pm

Getting fit is a big one for me this year! I did plan on starting it this January but things have got in the way so Im planning on starting in February and really going for it!

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LaurettaCWright 14th January 2018 - 12:21 pm

Good for you Laura – loving your energy and positivity….keep it up!

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Helen Costello 13th January 2018 - 12:43 pm

I’m a huge advocate of short breaks – Just one night away can leave me feeling so refreshed and that I’ve learnt so much about a new destination.

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LaurettaCWright 14th January 2018 - 12:21 pm

I’m also a fan of one- and two-night breaks. They say a change is as good as a rest and I’m all for that!

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Kara 13th January 2018 - 11:53 am

We try and do away on shorter breaks but more of them as it gives you something to look forward to. We fell in love with the snow this year so are hoping to do another snow holiday

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LaurettaCWright 13th January 2018 - 12:25 pm

Ooooh I’d love to do a skiing holiday. I need to sort my back out before I can think of that though.

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Jen 13th January 2018 - 11:37 am

You speak wise words, and I really should be taking note. I am the worst for not planning holidays. I think about them, and I have good intention; but I know that my husband and I could really do with some time out this year. Our work schedules are a bit rubbish for planning ahead, along with school times, so I really like the idea of some short breaks.

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LaurettaCWright 14th January 2018 - 10:40 pm

Sounds like you could do with a few days away every now and then Jen – even a night away a few miles away could help blow away the cobwebs – hope you manage to get a break!

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Tanya Brannan 12th January 2018 - 9:41 pm

So many of these tips resonated with me. In the last couple of years I have started doing City Breaks with walking tours. I have a husband and a family, however I go on these short breaks with a blogger friend. It has been eye-opening and so wonderful. I highly recommend it!

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LaurettaCWright 14th January 2018 - 12:23 pm

That’s fantastic Tanya – and you sound like my sort of girl! And I’ve been inspired by you too – I’d love to go away with a girlfriend, so I might just look at doing that this year!

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Melanie 12th January 2018 - 2:12 pm

I aim to do more travel and yes I agree taking more breaks with shorter time frames is deffo my kind of trip, 2/3 nights is ideal depending on the destination x

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LaurettaCWright 12th January 2018 - 3:36 pm

Absolutely! That way we get to see more destinations in the same amount of time. Mind you, a cruise is pretty good for that too!

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Rhian Westbury 12th January 2018 - 11:41 am

I always try and visit at least a few new destinations each year even if I do end up repeating something each year. Activities are always a good thing, do stuff you couldn’t always do at home x

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LaurettaCWright 12th January 2018 - 3:37 pm

Thanks Rhian – and that’s a good rule of thumb – doing activities you wouldn’t normally do at home!

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Iris Tilley 12th January 2018 - 9:51 am

I much prefer taking short breaks instead of weeks holidays You do get to see more plus it would help keep you fitter with all that travelling and walking

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LaurettaCWright 16th January 2018 - 10:55 pm

Yes – that’s a good point and I’m with you on that. It’s just nice to get away every so often…

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Sarah Bailey 12th January 2018 - 12:33 am

These are some great travel resolutions, I do love the idea of taking shorter trips closer to home, there is so much to discover not that from where we all live.
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LaurettaCWright 12th January 2018 - 3:38 pm

Many people (including me) don’t take enough time to explore locally – I reckon there are loads of things to see and do within a few miles!

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Angela Milnes 11th January 2018 - 10:55 pm

I am working on my goals and resolutions and facing fears is for sure one of them.

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LaurettaCWright 12th January 2018 - 3:38 pm

That’s great to hear Angela – and good luck!

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Starlight and Stories 11th January 2018 - 9:06 pm

We love multigenerational holidays, it gives us all a chance to relax a little more. We definitely plan to have more short breaks this year too x

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LaurettaCWright 12th January 2018 - 3:39 pm

Oooh me too! Now that I’ve tried a multi-cultural break – I’d do it all over again!

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Joanna Bayford 11th January 2018 - 9:04 pm

Id love to travel a lot more I’m hoping to be able to go away to Fetuventura this year but would also love a UK holiday too. I think you have made some great travel plans for the year ahead.
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LaurettaCWright 12th January 2018 - 3:39 pm

Thanks Joanna – best of luck with the travel plans! I hope you achieve all you plan to this year!

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jade bremner 11th January 2018 - 2:42 pm

We never get to travel so my travel resolution is to just save up some money so we can go away as a family. I really want to have a long weekend in Germany and visit my friends out there hopefully I will get to do this this year.

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LaurettaCWright 14th January 2018 - 12:24 pm

A long weekend in Germany is what I did last year! We spent some time in Hamburg and I wrote about it on the blog – I was surprised how great the serviced apartments were there!

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Rebecca Smith 11th January 2018 - 1:17 pm

Many of these are my travel resolutions – I do want to take more short breaks and make time for new activities. My partner is planning on going on a golf weekend with his friends so I am determined to get a short break away myself!

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LaurettaCWright 11th January 2018 - 3:34 pm

Sounds like you have it sussed Rebecca – well done on making some great travel plans for this year – and have some great times away!

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