Next Year I Will _____________
As this year is quickly ending, have you taken time to plan for next year? We always hear the same new years resolutions, lose weight, work less, travel more and get healthy, but in 2014 let’s resolve to be more specific! If you have made travel a priority, make your goals specific to travel.
Where do you want to go in 2014… and with who? How can you reprioritize your resources to allow you to travel more often or to a new location? Is there a new language you have always longed to learn but haven’t put in the time or effort? Hopefully this is your year!
Top 8 Travel New Years Resolutions for 2014
Travel somewhere new
Make a list of where you want to go. Dream big… but be realistic. You know your schedule and budget more than anyone, so pick places that you know you can get to.
Plan a family vacation
This might always be on your list, but time has gotten in the way for the past few years. Make it a priority to get your entire family to a beach for a week of relaxation and much needed family time.
Travel more sustainably
This is more important than ever. With the increase in tourism we need to respect the cultures and environments we are traveling through, or we risk them not being around for the next generations to visit.
If you are an obsessive over-packer (you know who you are!), commit to lightening your load and packing only a carry on for your next beach vacation. What more do you need than a few bathing suits?
Learn a new language
This resolution has long been on my list and is always pushed to the next year. Why? It’s hard and it takes time! Unless you are able to submerse yourself in the culture and language by moving there, picking up a new language is hard. Plan a trip to a country that speaks the language you are learning so you can practice with the locals!
Invest monthly in your travel budget
If travel is a priority in your lifestyle you need to budget accordingly. Start 2014 by putting aside a percent of your paycheck every month to travel on. Set goals on how much you plan on spending in 2014, and how much you want to save total.
Take better/more photos
Did you receive a new GoPro or DSLR camera for the holidays but have no idea how to use it? As they say, practice makes perfect, so start snapping photos today! Take a class to help you learn how to work your DSLR if it is completely new to you, or commit to a photo a day for all of 2014. The more you get out there and take pictures, the better your eye for photos will be.
Get outside of your comfort zone
This resolution is drastically different for everyone. Some people want to overcome their fear of heights by jumping out of a plane while others plan to put themselves in a completely foreign culture and spend a month or two there getting to know the locals. Start with small steps outside of your comfort zone and eventually you can be more daring with your goals.
How to keep your New Years Resolutions this year
1. Be specific
Don’t simply say “I want to travel to the Galapagos Islands this year”, write down specific action steps that will get you there. For example:
- Book Tickets
- Research itineraries
- Find cruising company (we are biased of course to Ecoventura!)
- Save X amount of money
By making specific action steps you will be able to cross off smaller goals easier without getting overwhelmed with the bigger goal.
2. Review your goals every month
By continually reviewing your goals they will always stay fresh in your mind. Update what smaller steps you crossed off each month and revisit what you should do next. Set dates to have each goal complete by to keep moving forward.
3. Pick one resolution at a time, don’t overwhelm yourself
One of the easiest ways to fail is to try to do too much, all at once. You may have a list of 10 – 12 things you want to change in 2014, but pick one (or two) at a time and start taking steps to accomplish these.
4. Celebrate when you complete a goal
Every time you travel somewhere new, pack only a carry on for a trip, or complete one of your goals, celebrate! It’s OK to pat yourself on the back every now and then! These resolutions shouldn’t be easy to-do’s for you to cross off, so all the more reason to get excited as you reach your goal.
These are a few of my own new years resolutions and my best tips on how to make sure you reach those goals. I would love to hear some of your resolutions in the comments and what big things you have planned for 2014!