With the month of December coming to a close, the new year is right around the corner. Although any time is a good time to start anew, there’s something about January and the beginning of a fresh year that feels like the right time to get an early start on goals or make the change you’ve been thinking about for months. In 2020 where does travel land in your list of goals? Maybe one of the ones below will resonate with you.
Levels of Travel
1. Travel. Period.
Each one of us has a full and busy life, some of ours busier than others. Maybe 2019 was a year you couldn’t break away from work or family for even a weekend trip; if possible, make 2020 your year to prioritize your wellbeing. Make it a goal to take at least one trip--it doesn’t have to be to someplace far away or for an entire month--just get out and unplug for a few days. Give yourself the chance to recharge, so you can come back better equipped to tackle your daily challenges.
2. Increasing the Frequency
Okay, so maybe you’ve gone on a weekend trip or two in 2019, but you have a few more ideas for 2020. Take a look at your schedule and resources, and let’s make a plan to make it happen!
3. Take Those Vacation Days!
We know that millions of Americans don’t take their vacation days, which equates to billions in lost benefits. Are you leaving money on the table? Actually, forget money. Are you leaving your peace of mind on the table?
When you give yourself a chance to rejuvenate, you can return even better prepared to tackle your busy calendar or take on daily challenges. If you’re one of the millions of people who are leaving vacation days behind, make an effort this year to use more of those days.
New Kinds of Travel
Maybe you’re already taking your vacation days and you’re traveling with a frequency that you like. Have you thought about switching up your travel routine?
4. Explore Someplace New
This one can be taken multiple ways. If you’ve found somewhere you absolutely love going, why not try to explore deeper and find new things to do in that place? Alternatively, if you haven’t found a place that you want to return to on every holiday or if you’re just looking to change up the routine, there’s an entire world of new opportunities. According to Airbnb, these are the top 20 trending travel destinations for 2020.
5. Change Your Travel Group
Every adventure you go on is different, and people are a big reason behind the changes. I’m not saying you should permanently leave behind your long-term travel partners, but taking a solo trip or going with a different group of people can be an enlightening experience.
It works the other way, too. If you usually travel solo, see what it’s like to go with a group. You may find that your usual style of travel is best for you, or you may end up loving the new experience.
6. Try a New Traveling Style
Do you usually do weekend getaways? See what a one-week or two-week experience is like. Do you typically travel only to see family members or friends around the country? Try to work in a vacation where you meet others, in addition to catching up with old friends.
Making Travel Easier
Keeping up with a rigorous career or family responsibilities (even though you’re more than happy to take them on!) can be a challenge. When you go on vacation, why not make it as easy as possible to focus on your version of unwinding?
7. Travel Insurance
Just like regular insurance, travel insurance isn’t the most glamorous topic and it likely isn’t something you want to think about. With that said, having travel insurance can get you and your traveling companions out of a bind when you need it most. Sometimes things happen; it’s best to be prepared for the unexpected by protecting your investment with travel insurance. If you’d like more information, we have a blog post on the topic.
ConsumersAdvocate, a company that provides insurance reviews and recommendations for a variety of industries, recently published a list of the best travel insurance companies based on their independent research. It includes details about what is generally covered, as well as reviews of individual companies. Read ConsumersAdvocate's article on travel insurance here.
8. Language Learning
Knowing English means that we’re able to communicate with people around the world, even in places whose native tongue is not ours. However, learning some of the local language can be immensely useful to you in your travels, because it allows you to connect with the locals on a deeper level and feel more prepared to navigate daily life in the new city. The extent of your language learning is up to you, but having at least a few typical travel phrases tucked in your back pocket is handy.
If you want to get more in depth with the language learning process, subscribe to our blog; we have a language learning post coming soon!
9. Planning (Further) in Advance
Vacations are fun, but you may not feel the same way about planning them. From working out the best value for flights to organizing transportation and transfers in a city where most people do not speak the same language as you, travel planning can be a lot. If you wait till the last minute, not only will prices be needlessly high, but you’ll also be putting a significant amount of pressure on yourself and your travel companions. That’s not the best state in which to begin your vacation.
In the new year, commit to planning your trips further in advance to save yourself the stress. If you would like assistance in that process, please contact us. Not only do travel advisors have connections within the industry that can get you the best deals, but we also love travel planning. If you don’t, that’s reason enough to enlist some help!
Will any of these new year’s travel resolutions be going on your list?
Author: Debra Harris
As founder of Life’s Journey Travel, I’m deeply passionate about creating custom travel experiences that allow my clients to truly savor the journey.