December 1, 2015
New Year’s Resolution: Travel
Travel resolutions can range from the most adventurous plans like hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, to relaxing on a tropical island and unplugging completely, to treating yourself to a shopping trip in New York City.
If you’re a seasoned traveller, your resolution may be to make more of an effort to meet locals and learn to speak foreign languages throughout your next journey. Whatever your dream vacation may entail, here is a list of steps to help make your travel resolution a reality in 2016.
You will find the more you talk about your travel plans, the more realistic and exciting they will become.”
Choose a destination
Don’t just aim to ‘travel more’. Be very specific. Find the city you have always wanted to visit, or landmark you have always wanted to see. Walk the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast in Italy, witness the spectacular Northern Lights in Norway or bike ride through vineyards in France. Once you have decided what you would like to ‘tick off’ you can start planning.
Pick a date
Okay, so it is time to pick a date. Take into consideration when you can take time off from work as well as the seasons and weather for your chosen travel destination. Does escaping winter to experience a European summer sound like your kind of holiday? Or would you prefer to spend your next trip skiing Queenstown or the Swiss Alps? Whatever season you are chasing, choose a date which suits you and lock it in.
Plan your agenda
Once you have your destinations in mind, plan some experiences to look forward to. Check out the original Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris, visit the smallest country in the world, The Vatican City, or simply plan to stroll through Hyde Park then pop into Harrods in London. Learn a few local phrases – order a stein in German, or thank the taxi driver in Spanish. It is all part of the experience. Do as little or as much research as you like into the areas you will be visiting.
Get a free quote
Contact a travel agent and action your holiday plans. Travel agents provide an itinerary and quote which will include your flights, transfers, accommodation, day trips and travel insurance. You’ll also get expert advice and important travel information, which will contribute to your holiday plans running seamlessly.
Save for your trip
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. It’s time to start building your travel fund. Set a realistic amount to save each week. Keep in mind your travel destination and the experiences you have planned to keep motivated. The more you save, the more you can spend on your trip.
Check your document requirements
Before you depart it’s important to check your travel documents. Make sure your passport is in-date, keeping in mind it needs to be valid for six months after your planned return date. Don’t forget to check visa and vaccination requirements for your chosen country of travel and take the corresponding documentation with you on your trip.
Tell your friends and get excited
Now you have dedicated yourself by choosing your destination, travel dates and experiences, it’s time to tell your friends and family. Making your goals public leads to better accountability. Even have a countdown calendar on your phone or laptop so you can check how many sleeps until you leave. You will find the more you talk about your travel plans, the more realistic and exciting they will become. These conversations may also lead to travel advice and tips from others who have visited your upcoming travel destination.