12 New Year's Resolutions For Travellers
We spent much of 2020 unable to travel, and 2021 has started much the same. What to do? At least look forward to getting away once it is possible again, with some New Year's Travel Resolutions. We can't all afford to jet off at a moment's notice, but travel is about dreaming big and making it a reality. So start dreaming, we believe in you!
Start a holiday saving fund
If you're anything like us you're always dreaming of your next holiday - so why not start a saving fund towards it? Or maybe you don't get to holiday often, and there's a dream place you'd love to go. Whether you keep it old school with coins in a jar (maybe empty your spare change into it at the end of every week), or you take advantage of saving schemes your bank offers (we particularly like the pots function with Monzo), make 2021 the year you start saving for that next trip.
Plan a solo trip
Always wanted to take a solo trip but not quite mustered up the courage? - well we're here to tell you that it's not as scary as you think and in fact you'll come out of it with some amazing experiences and probably even some new friends. Don't just think solo travel is for gap years either, there's plenty of people travelling solo later in life, especially once their kids have finally flown the nest! Our top tip, stay in hostels where you can - you'll meet amazing people from all over the world and you'll never be lonely!
Learn a new language
Now we are not saying you need to become fluent in Spanish overnight, and we promise there isn't an end of year test, but learning a new language is an incredibly rewarding goal to have for 2021. There's great apps to help you learn and make it fun (nothing like old school textbooks!), such as DuoLingo. Why not set yourself a goal to order at a resturant entirely in the native language on your next holiday? The days of the universaly sign for "bill, please" will be behind you.
Try food from different cultures
When we think about travel one of the first things that comes to mind are all the new and exciting foods you'll get to try. If you're planning a holiday, why not research what the top local dishes are and make sure you try them whilst you are there. Or, why not make it a challenge to learn to cook different cuisines at home - cook your way around the world. Just let us know what time dinner is!
Plan more weekend breaks in 2021
Travel doesn't just have to be about your two weeks away in the summer (though that's great too!) - why not make 2021 the year of the weekend getaway? There's great options for Staycations in the UK and Europe's on our doorstep to explore. Don't be afraid to think a little bigger though, after all we did once take a weekend trip to Japan, just for some fresh sushi.
Explore closer to home
If 2020 taught us anything, it's that there's a lot to discover right here in the UK - we're usually so set on getting away for a holiday that we don't always consider what's right in front of us. With so many beautiful natural places to explore, and hundreds of attractions to visit - why not try and see more of sunny old Britain this year.
Read a new travel book each month
Always going to the same place and need some inspiration? Why not read some of the best travel books this year - you might find inspiration for your own travels or maybe just live vicariously through the author. If you're looking for somewhere to start then Bill Bryson has a number of great books to choose from - and his writing style is incredibly funny and accessible.
Stay somewhere unique
One of the great things about home-share culture with sites such as Airbnb, is that it opens up a world of more unique and interesting places to stay. So when you travel this year, instead of booking into one of the big hotel chains why not find something more unique - such as a former Jumbo Jet in Stockholm. There's plenty of independent boutique hotels that would love your support after a rough year in 2020 - and you'll get a much more memorable holiday too.
Visit one of the 7 New Wonders of the World
In 2007 a list of the 7 New Wonders of The World was drawn up, which was probably about time as only one of the 7 ancient Wonders of the World is still standing... On the list are Chichen Itza (Mexico), Christ the Redeemer (Brazil), Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu (Peru), Petra (Jordan), Taj Mahal (India), and the Colosseum (Italy). Why not try and make it to see one of these wonders this year?
Make a photo book of your travels
With such great cameras on our phones these days we're taking more photos than ever - yet when do we really sit down and look at them properly? If you're like us you'll have folders of holiday photos sat gethering virtual dust on your laptop - so why not try and make a photo book for each of your holidays? It's one of those things we always mean to do but then never quite find time for, well let's make 2021 the year!
With such concern about the climate, and other socio-economic issues it's more important than ever to try and travel in a sustainable and conscious way. You can achieve this through simple steps like carbon offsetting your flight, using sustainable travel products or using more environmentally friendly modes of transport. Or if you are feeling really adventurous, you could push yourself further and book fully sustainable holidays or even volunteer abroad.
Write your travel bucket-list
Never written out your travel bucket list? Putting your travel dreams down on paper is one of the best ways to start dreaming about your future trips. Whether you dream of riding to the top of the Burj Khalifa or take a journey on the Trans Siberian railway - write out your list and see if you can start planning for any of them!