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Top 10 Travel Resolutions You Can Make Any Day of the Year

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When you think of “resolutions”, the first thing that likely pops into your mind are “New Year’s Resolutions”.

New Year’s resolutions are traditionally goals you wish to achieve to change a habit, create a new behavior, accomplish new objectives, or improve your life at the beginning of each new year.

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While it can be good to set goals and travel resolutions, these new ambitions can be set any time of the year—not just January 1st.

The best place to record your travel resolutions and ideas is in a journal. What better place than a travel journal where you can create your goals and then write about them as you live them?

Dreams don’t become reality unless YOU make them happen.

Perhaps you have said before, “If I had a million dollars, I would go…” We all have a list of places we dream of going…someday. Stop dreaming and start planning.

PS. You don’t need a million dollars.

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. ~ Colin Powell

Why Make Travel Resolutions or Goals?

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Why indeed?

Resolutions are usually made at the beginning of a new year, however, many resolutions are also made when you reach the point where YOU are ready to make a significant change in your life. Resolutions can be a goal to do or not do something toward accomplishing a new goal or to simply break a habit.

Travel resolutions are the best kind of resolutions.

They are a great way to improve your understanding of the world, learn a new language, build confidence in you, go on an adventure instead of accumulating more stuff, motivate you to achieve a health-related travel resolutions, and inspire you to simply travel more.

So, get ready to activate your “out of office” email reply.

Here are some great travel resolutions that you can set any day of the year—travel resolutions which you can actually keep! Whatever date you see on the calendar, today is the beginning of your NEW YEAR, NEW YOU and it is time to set some goals and travel resolutions!

Travel Resolution #1: Travel More and Make It a Priority

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To accomplish this travel resolution to make travel a priority and to travel more, sit down at the beginning of the year and plan out your vacation time and scheduled holidays for work. Coordinate family schedules if needed. You have to make a travel a priority or it just won’t happen.

And be sure to use ALL of your vacation days.

Change your mindset at work from “they can’t get along without me” to “I am a much more productive employee when I have had time to relax and be rejuvenated through travel.” And then believe it.

When you do go on vacation, make sure you leave with your work all caught up and with the ability to hand off projects and work to another capable co-worker if necessary. You want to be able to completely disconnect if you can.

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Plan ahead. When you make travel a priority and plan out your schedule, you are able to:

  • purchase tickets in advance at discounted rates
  • book excursions
  • research
  • create a back up plan
  • fill your schedule with exciting adventures
  • have plenty of time to review your itinerary
  • look for travel deals
  • travel in the off-season
  • enjoy the ANTICIPATION

Travel Resolution #2: Plan Self-Care Travel and Celebrate You

In the next year, make travel resolutions to celebrate you and give yourself some much needed self care.

How?

The answer to that is different for everyone. Perhaps it means planning a getaway and adventure with your favorite someone. Maybe a trip with your girl friends or guy friends. Maybe you are ready to set out on a solo trip.

Here are a few ideas to spark your planning and travel resolutions:

  • Schedule a massage or spa treatment while on vacation. Yes, please!
  • Travel with a friend or loved one
  • Set aside time to meditate as you travel
  • Read or listen to a book while on vacation
  • Find a favorite podcast to listen to as you take the train from one destination to another
  • Get up a little earlier on vacation and enjoy the sunrise or visit tourist sites at a less crowded time
  • Enjoy nature with a hike.
  • Plan more outdoor adventures
  • Disconnect from social media while you travel
  • Take more pictures
  • Be in more pictures
  • Laugh more
  • Plan your adventures so you don’t stress
  • Reconnect with your partner
  • Don’t overplan adventures or day to day activities…sometimes just wing it
  • Book a flight and enjoy the anticipation of an upcoming adventure
  • Make travel resolutions to fly somewhere new
  • Explore off the beaten path and try a new adventure

You may find that the anticipation and planning to accomplish your travel resolutions is almost as much fun as the travel itself. And you will likely come home rejuvenated to jump in to your day-to-day life again.

If the travel bug hits, you will be even more excited about the next adventure and the next.

Travel Resolution #3: Save Money On and For Travel

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to making travel resolutions that many people list is MONEY!!!

There’s no doubt about it, you need money to travel. Lots of small money-saving steps for you add up to one giant leap to making and keeping travel resolutions.

Here are some clever ways to begin saving today for your travel resolutions as well as for saving money while you are traveling.

10 SUPER EASY Ways to Save Money for Travel

  1. Create a vacation fund and faithfully add to it every month (set up an auto transfer with your bank account)
  2. Sign up for travel rewards—hotel, air, and rental car—or get a travel credit card that rewards you with points toward travel purchases
  3. Learn to minimize your packing to avoid extra baggage fees
  4. Bring your own snacks
  5. Bring a refillable water bottle
  6. Use free wifi when you can
  7. Try free walking tours when you reach your destination
  8. Check for free museum days
  9. Travel as the locals do and save money when you take the bus, tram, train or walk. Avoid taxis if you can
  10. Plan for picnic lunches

Perhaps you need to consider some ways to save money FOR your travel resolutions as well. How about canceling your cable TV, eating out less, taking a lunch to work, giving up smoking, taking a “staycation” now to save for a bigger vacation later, canceling unnecessary subscriptions, using coupons, having a garage sale, making a budget, and instituting a “no-spend” day each month?

If you are looking for more money-saving tips to change your life, consider checking out Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps and how they were successfully put to the test by a fellow blogger. You need to have your financial house in order to travel confidently.

You will find that the savings begin to add up and that your travel resolutions become a reality.

Travel Resolution #4: Choose to Eat Healthy as You Travel

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You may wonder, “Is choosing to eat healthy as you travel even possible?” Yes, it is possible and do-able.

How?

If your accommodations allow, prepare at least one of your meals each day as you travel. If you stay in hotels, take advantage of the small fridge in your room and purchase lunch foods such as meats and cheeses or plan for yogurt and a muffin for breakfast.

Another option? Look for hotels that include breakfast with your stay.

If you choose an Airbnb or similar lodging, you should have access to a kitchen in your unit. Shop local markets for fresh and less expensive breakfast items and lunch fixings.

Bring a foldable cooler [affiliate] that fits neatly in the bottom of your luggage without taking up too much space. If you have a rental car, fill the cooler with lunch and healthy snacks and bring it with you.

You may find one of your greatest travel memories is the time you stopped for a picnic lunch along a French country roadside.

Plan ahead to eat healthy, and if possible, do some research in advance. Search Pinterest for healthy places to eat or even vegan options at your destination.

Refill your water bottles [affiliate] each night and freeze/refrigerate so they can help keep your other food cool. Or bring a large Ziploc bag to fill with ice.

Tip * Be sure to drink lots of water as you travel.

Allow yourself some indulgences too. Who goes to Italy without trying gelato, gnocchi, or pizza or sampling crepes in France?

Travel Resolution #5: Feel Confident in Your Own Skin

If you will permit, I will get a little bit personal here:

In 2021, I was finally fed up with the way I looked physically and wanted to make a change. I was NOT feeling confident in my own skin.

What happened to get me to that point in life? Covid, being rear-ended in a freeway accident that affected my mobility, slipping into bad habits, and hormonal changes. Excuses? Maybe. My reality? Yes.

I just knew that the efforts I was making to exercise and eat right weren’t helping me feel confident in who I saw in the mirror or in pictures. In fact, I didn’t want pictures taken of me at all. As the family photographer, that worked most of the time since I was the one taking pictures.

I determined to set a goal for myself where I would feel confident in wanting to have my picture taken, especially as I traveled.

Jolayne at Mt. Evans in a before weight loss picture
Before in July 2021
Jolayne After picture for weight loss as a travel resolution
After in December 2021

My husband, who is my biggest cheerleader, often says with encouragement,

“You have to own it!”

I am learning to embrace confidence. And I mean, really wrap my arms around it and “own it” for myself.

On the left is a “before” picture taken of me as my husband and I explored Mt. Evans earlier in 2021. On the right is the “after” picture of me. I am feeling better about the physical changes I have made.

This is NOT a post that espouses that everyone needs to lose weight to feel better about themself! I just knew it was the right choice for me to reach a healthy weight and to make a change.

~ Jolayne

So, how DO YOU feel confident in your own skin? How DO YOU wrap your arms around confidence and “own it”?

Consider this: the world is full of people accomplishing great things and rocking some very visible talents—playing a musical instrument, singing, woodworking, creating beautiful art, designing websites, building homes, cooking, working on computers, or swimming, to name a few.

If you compare yourself to others using those visible talents and accomplishments as a measuring stick for YOUR worth, your self-talk might quickly bring your thoughts to, “I’m not as good as…” or “I can’t do…“, which then leads to “I’m not…enough.” 

Thoughts spiral downward. Sometimes you might even think you do not have many talents or haven’t accomplished much or that other people have been blessed with more abilities than you will ever possess. 

You begin to think silently, ‘I will never be as good as all of these people.‘” 

Theodore Roosevelt was spot on when he stated,

Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Realize that YOU HAVE WORTH! That worth is often manifest in YOUR talents, gifts, strengths, and inner resources. Some of these talents and gifts are visible and wonderful and good and are used to bless the lives of others. Some of your talents are not so visible but are equally wonderful and good and are still used to bless the lives of others.

Be confident in what you CAN do. Try new things. Celebrate new talents and gifts. Find ways to improve to magnify you. Your differences in this life as a blogger, traveler, mother, father, brother, sister, friend, or neighbor make you unique and your contributions worthwhile.

Once you begin to feel that confidence, once you have wrapped your arms around it and embraced it, once you “own it”, you will begin to feel more confidence in planning travel, experiencing new cultures, being in pictures, going on adventures and reaching your travel resolutions.

Travel Resolution #6: Streamline Your Packing

There is the temptation when you travel to pack too much, thinking, “I might need that.” In reality, you will not likely use all of the items you pack. Learning what is necessary to pack and how to maximize your packing is essential.

Will you be buying new luggage or do you need to update?

If you don’t have wheeled luggage, that should be your first travel investment. Consider the weight of your suitcase. If you are traveling by train or you are simply having to lift your luggage to store it, be sure it is light enough that you can easily lift it over your head.

  • Invest in some travel essentials
  • Pare down what you bring in your carry-on
  • Check MY FAVORITE TRAVEL THINGS for ideas and recommendations on luggage, clothing, toiletries, etc.
  • Learn to repack your toiletries after you arrive home so they are ready for next trip
  • Use packing lists

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You might find it helpful to invest in some travel-specific clothing with zippered and secure pockets.

A word or two on packing lightly.

For those of you who typically plan an outfit where the pants and top match but don’t really go with anything else that you have packed, you need to adjust your thinking when traveling. Choose neutral pants, shorts, or capris that will match with more than one shirt and can be worn multiple days before being washed.

Realize that wearing the same shirt a couple of times over the course of a vacation is perfectly acceptable. Pack an extra pair of underwear and socks and go light on matchy matchy shorts, shirts, and pants. Oh, and rolling your clothes instead of folding them really does keep them less wrinkled.

Invest in good walking shoes. You might love these Asics [affiliate].

If you plan to purchase new shoes for your vacation, be sure to spend some time breaking them in before you leave home.

Even with the most comfortable shoes that you own, you might also want to bring along Band-aids or Moleskin [affiliates].

Travel Resolution #7: Stay Healthy as You Travel

Often, the busiest days fall right before you leave for a trip. With all of the last minute to-dos, double checking reservations, and getting work ready to hand off to someone while you are gone, you may find that you aren’t getting enough sleep or eating well.

It would be a shame to spend so much time and money on a trip only to get sick right before you travel.

Tips for Staying Healthy When You Travel

  • Get enough sleep before you travel. If you can, sleep during the flight. Once you arrive, do your best to adjust your schedule to local time.
  • Make a plan to drink lots of water. Bring a refillable water bottle and fill it once you get through security at the airport. Most airlines offer water throughout a flight as well. Plan to bring water with you everyday as you sightsee. Check out Tip #6 in this post, The Ultimate Guide to Plan a Trip (with Tips from a Frequent Flyer) for ideas on how to stay hydrated as you travel.
  • Eat during your flight. If you don’t think a meal will be provided, be sure to pack some healthy snacks in your carry on: applesauce pouches, Built Bars, nuts [affiliates].
  • Get up and move around during your flight. Consider some compression socks for the flight as well.
  • Be sure to pack 2 or 3 days of your prescription medications in your carry on. You will want to have them to take as you fly if your flight is long and to take precautions in case your luggage is delayed or misplaced.
  • Also travel with over the counter medications such as decongestants, meds for a headache, or something for an upset stomach. Tip * pack a few of these items in an empty Tic Tac container. Be sure to label it clearly.
  • Find the barf bag at your seat on the plane. Make sure there is one available at your seat that is readily accessible. You may never ever need it, but if and when you do, you will want to be able to grab it quickly.
  • Wear a mask. That’s just the world we live in right now. But no doubt, it cuts down on the spread of germs.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after using the restroom, on hotel remotes, and after touching a fuel pump.
  • Use wipes to wipe down the area around you on the airplane and in your hotel room.
  • Be picky when you choose your seat on a plane. Sitting by the window not only allows for some great views but hopefully less germs. And what if you are stuck next to someone who is sick? Use your wipes, hand sanitizer, and wear your mask.
  • Exercise or move! This can help with your jet lag and staying healthy. This may mean a formal “go to the gym” exercise effort or simply going on a city walking tour, doing yoga, joining a local class, or walking as you sightsee.
  • If you start to feel sick, take preventative measures. Include Airborne (or something similar) in your carry on.

Travel Resolution #8: Create a Bucket List

Have you ever thought, “I would love to go there someday…“?

If yes, that’s the first step in fulfilling another one of your travel resolutions. Grab your travel journal and add the location to the wish list of your travel dreams.

You could also map your dream destinations on a map with brightly colored push pins.

Start a travel bucket list as a means to stay motivated to reach your travel resolutions. It really is a goal that is easy to keep. Once started, you can check “Create a Bucket List” off your travel resolutions list and then keep adding to it as new ideas come to mind.

You might want to start by brainstorming a few ideas on your own, with your family and friends, or with a significant other. You can also research online, make notes of ideas you find on social media, or search on Pinterest.

Here are a few ideas of destinations that might spur some ideas for your own Bucket List:

  1. Visit all 50 states
  2. Visit all 7 continents
  3. Hike to Machu Picchu
  4. Cruise the Mediterranean
  5. Take photos of hot air balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey
  6. Explore Jerusalem
  7. Hike through Cinque Terre
  8. Go on a safari
  9. Explore with a hot air balloon ride
  10. See the Northern Lights

What would you add to your list?

Travel Resolution #9: Consider Travel Close to Home

During the current world conditions, it hasn’t always been easy or feasible to travel, especially by air.

Once way to resolve the travel restrictions we all face is to plan a stay-cation at home or state-cation within your home state or area.

A stay-cation suggests searching for events, hikes, or adventures that allow you to stay home and then plan day trips.

In order to really make this work, you would need to take time off, disconnect from work and answering emails, and allow yourself to unwind with lazy mornings and no chores…just as you would if you were on vacation.

With a state-cation, you might find that you are finally able to visit some of those places closer to home that you have always wanted to see. In fact, you can plan a state-cation that still allows you to be socially distanced as you drive to a new destination, self check in to your lodging, order in food, etc., much the same as you might as you socially distance at home.

Ideas for Travel Close to Home:

  • Go camping
  • Plan hiking trips
  • Visit national or state parks that are close by (or a local park)
  • Check out “Things to Do In…” on TripAdvisor and be a tourist in your own town or nearby
  • Stay in an Airbnb
  • Go to a museum, zoo, or art gallery
  • Book a spa day
  • Look for a cooking class or food tour
  • Be spontaneous
  • Go to the beach, pool, or local recreation center
  • Go shopping
  • Watch a movie in your backyard
  • Take a nap
  • Play tennis, golf, or go mountain biking

Travel Resolution #10: Plan for Weekend Getaways

If you have ever thought to yourself, “I do believe it is time for another adventure,” consider making plans for a weekend getaway. Getaways and adventures are a great way to reconnect as a couple, explore with your family, and see the world.

Just getting away from the same old same old for a weekend can be rejuvenating.

And it is another one of the travel resolutions that can be easy to keep. Plan around school holidays or take off after work on Friday afternoon and be back home again Sunday evening to start back to work Monday morning.

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Final Thoughts on the Top 10 Travel Resolutions You Can Make Any Day of the Year

“An unwritten goal is merely a wish.” ~ Unknown

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Sue
Sue
6 months ago

These are great resolutions! My tip travel resolution this year is to eat healthier while traveling. I tend to go overboard and end up gaining weight every trip I take

Travel A-Broads
6 months ago

Love this list! I especially would love to focus on self-care travel in the new year. Xx Sara

Jill
6 months ago

I love all of these resolutions – but especially feeling good in your own skin & making sure you use up all of your vacation days! It’s so easy to forget that self care can go hand in hand with traveling as well 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Laura
6 months ago

These are great. I also like how you integrated the products and not just listed them as I have seen on many sites.

kmf
6 months ago

Love this post! Such practical and inspirational resolutions and tips to make travel a reality any day of the year!

Linda (LD Holland)
6 months ago

I like the idea of setting travel resolutions. And to think about things to do and not to do. Many of the resolutions you shared sure resonate with me. Even if I never seem to pack less. I would add trying not to be penny wise and pound foolish. Sometimes a little extra cost is worth it to save time or a lot of work! 

Krista
6 months ago

Great ideas for travel resolutions! I really need to plan more weekend getaways this year.

Lenore | The Nitty Gritty Travel OT

I love these resolutions and I’m happy to say I practice a few on the list. I love self-care travel, and saving for travel. Incorporating travel into my life is so important and you’re right, resolutions can be enacted any time of the year!

Kayy
Kayy
6 months ago

These are great travel resolution suggestions. I will probably try to do weekend getaways more. Definitely going to incorporate healthy eating in my travels.

Megan
6 months ago

We’ve started to really love taking little trips close to home. It’s fun to discover new places where you live!

Michelle
6 months ago

I like your resolutions. My favorite is to travel more! There is always something new and exciting to see.

Brittany
6 months ago

This is such a fun post! I love making travel resolutions for myself each year. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

Travelling Tam
6 months ago

Cute ideas! It’s been a tough 2 years with no travel so perhaps I should jot some of these in my journal to make me feel a bit better about the upcoming year

Hannah
6 months ago

I love these travel resolutions! Eating healthier when we travel should definitely be up there on my list! I’ll work on that in 2022! Thanks for the inspiration!

Denise
6 months ago

I love, love, LOVE your travel resolutions! I will definitely refer to it again 🙂

Nina
Nina
6 months ago

Love these tips! You’re so right that it doesn’t need to be new years to make a resolution. For me it was always just diving in and stopping thinking about it.

Alaina Thomas
6 months ago

I love how you mention a goal of disconnecting from social media while traveling. Often people log in to social media to document their experiences, but putting the phone down and waiting until travel ends can provide a much needed break.

Hanna Long
6 months ago

Love this! I am especially loving: Plan Self-Care Travel and Celebrate You – I am going to do this for sure!

Josy A
6 months ago

Loads of great ideas here – you have enough ideas to make resolutions for years! I especially like the emphasis on staying healthy and making a positive impact as you travel.

Farrah
6 months ago

These are all really great ideas for resolutions! Self-care travel is a great way to go — I’m hoping to get to travel more again if things ever calm down over here!

John Brown
5 months ago

I love the resolutions, this is change your life! That’s too helpful!

Agnes
Agnes
5 months ago

I love your list of 10 Travel Resolutions. It’s so inspirational and motivated to travel. For sure, Travel More and Make It a Priority is on the top of my list as well.

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Renata - www.byemyself.com
5 months ago

These are very interesting and also inspirational ideas. However, since I’m a devoted planner, my goal should rather be to organize less and let go more often. I guess any approach has an upside and a downside, right?!