This year, I have vowed to make some changes which I will pass on to you as 10 Travel Resolutions for the New Year. Maybe some of my resolutions will inspire you to make some changes in how you travel too.
When it comes to travel, my family tends to be more spontaneous than planners. We don’t always spend a great deal of time planning or thinking through our trips. Of course there have been exceptions, like our cruise to Alaska, or our Florida road trip in December. But more than likely, if we take a weekend getaway, it’s not going to be something that’s well thought out, but rather spur of the moment, like our trip to Niagara Falls at the end of last summer. Most of the time, things work out fine with little preparation but that’s not always the case.
Sometimes, we end up not doing something that would have been really great because we failed to plan ahead. Sometimes we realize that not planning ahead forces us to put our plans on hold because we lack the budget needed for a road trip. Sometimes we end up not traveling because we can’t decide what to do. We’re spontaneous and indecisive. Probably not the best combination.
1. This year, I resolve to be a better planner.
I will plan activities in advance so when the weekend rolls around, we have options. That doesn’t mean that we’ll be busy every weekend, but if the urge strikes to grab our coats and overnight bag, we’ll have an inkling of what we could do.
2. This year, I resolve to seek out better travel deals.
This resolution goes hand-in-hand with the entire planning issue. If I were a better planner, I would be better equipped to hunt for the best deals, thus, I’d be more likely to save money.
3. This year, I resolve to save money for next years travels.
Since I have a bad case of wanderlust and would rather spend money on travel than groceries for my family (you think I’m joking, but am I?), planning ahead is essential. This year, I will put back x amount of dollars a week and designate it as part of next years travel fund.
4. This year, I resolve to learn to pack a carry-on bag that doesn’t contain nearly every single article of clothing from my wardrobe.
After busting the zipper on not one, but two suitcases this past year, I’ve finally realized that the packing process is all about practicality and less about quantity. Not only do I resolve to force myself to pack a lighter carry-on bag, I also resolve to buy more versatile clothing and accessories that I can easily mix and match.
5. This year, I resolve to spend more time exploring Ohio.
I had plans to visit every county in the state of Ohio last year. It didn’t work. It seems that our travel plans last year took us everywhere but Ohio.
To help me reach my goal this year, I created the ultimate bucket list for those who want to explore Ohio. After all, I took the time to write it and post it on my site. That must show that I’m serious, right?
6. This year, I resolve to spend more time outdoors.
When we lived in Alabama, we spent a great deal of time outdoors. Our weekend plans generally meant hiking or camping at one of the many state parks that were free or very low cost. I really miss that time. This year, we will explore outdoors more.
7. This year, I resolve to document our memories more faithfully.
I snap hundreds of pictures, gather dozens of brochures and smash countless pennies all for the sake of creating a lasting record of our travels. It seems I’ve become a hoarder of travel memorabilia rather than a documenter of memories. That’s all about to change. As I find new ways to document the moments that have made our travels memorable, I’ll pass my ideas on to you so you can do the same for your family.
8. This year, I resolve to step out of my comfort zone to fear less and play more.
My husband and teens are up for just about anything and while I generally am, sometimes I allow my fears to dictate what I will and will not try. While my family loved ziplining, I wouldn’t try it because I’m afraid of heights. While my family loves water parks, I’m likely to stay in the room because of my fear of wearing a bathing suit. While my teens love to ski and snowboard, I won’t attempt it because I’m afraid I’ll injure myself or embarrass myself when I fall and roll down the hill in front of hundreds of people. I think you get the point. I read a quote this week that said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” at Family on Bikes. What a great statement. This year I will get over myself, step out of my comfort zone and live!
9. This year, I resolve to remember that travel is all about the people who join you on the journey and the people you meet along the way.
I may love to travel, but that’s because of all the special memories that I’ve made with my friends and family that have traveled with me and the very special people that we met, especially as full-time RVers. To me travel isn’t so much about what I see when I get to my destination, but about the memories we make throughout the entire travel process.
10. Finally, this year, I resolve to become a better me.
You may not think this last resolution has much to do about travel, but you’d be wrong. It has everything to do with travel. If I want to be a better planner, a better researcher, become more budget conscience, fear less and play more and have more fulfilling personal travel experiences, that’s going to take a bit of effort on my end.
What are your travel resolutions for 2015?