New Year’s resolutions: you either love them or hate them. In fact, according to Statista, only 27% of people in the UK made one for 2022. If you’re not usually a New Year’s resolution kinda person, why not try something a bit different? Here are 7 travel resolutions that are easy, fun and will improve your life in 2023!
- Travel More often
Travelling is one of the best ways to escape the monotony of everyday life. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t take all of their annual leave, why not use it to take some adventures?
As well as adding some variety to your life, travelling more frequently can actually improve your health! WebMD states that travelling can improve your mental health by reducing stress while boosting your brain power and creativity.
If you’re committed to travelling more regularly in 2023 then you can also tie it in with the next resolution on the list…
- Travel to at least one new place
Many of us have a favourite destination we keep coming back to. There’s nothing wrong with visiting the same place time and time again if you love it. However, the world is so vast and there are endless destinations to enjoy. If you step out of your comfort zone and travel to some new places you might even find another place that you love even more than your usual travel spot.
- Use greener transport methods
To make sure the destinations we enjoy visiting keep their climate and natural beauty intact, we should all be conscious about how our habits can impact the environment.
Unfortunately it is hard to avoid flying and using private cars for some journeys but for others, opting for greener modes of transport is easy.
Using forms of public transport like buses and trains more frequently can significantly reduce carbon emissions.
If you are making national rail enquiries, one of your questions might be how much energy can you save by taking the train instead of driving?
Well this autumn, rail operator LNER noted that 186,200 tCO2e of carbon emissions would be saved if British adults decided to swap their car for the train for one journey.
- Find travel buddies
Sharing your travel experiences with friends, family or your partner can really take your trips to the next level. If you don’t have any travel buddies you can rely on to come on adventures with you, 2023 is the year to try and seek them out.
If no one in your social circle shares your sense of wanderlust, there are multiple ways to seek out like minded travellers. You can try speaking to fellow guests at hostels you visit or try apps and networks like Couchsurf and Travello. Just remember to stay safe.
- Or go solo…
If you keep putting off a trip because you can’t find a travel buddy, why not make a resolution to finally take it by going solo?
You could take the plunge then use some of the methods in the above section to find friends along the way.
Alternatively, you can keep doing your own thing. After all, sometimes it’s nice to keep to your own schedule and not have to compromise with anyone on how you will spend time on your trip.
- Plan in advance
Formulating the perfect adventure is all about balance, if it’s too rigidly planned, there is little room to adapt and be spontaneous. However, a lack of sufficient planning might cause problems with the journey and limit the options you have for activities you can do at your chosen destination.
To avoid things going awry, you should at the very least book your journeys to your desired destination and back while also ensuring there is plenty of time to spare in case of delays.
- Don’t pay more than you need to
Contrary to popular belief, travelling doesn’t have to break the bank. While you may have to save up to afford to make that dream trip, you can keep costs to a minimum by doing your research. In doing so, you can find the best deals, work out when the best time to book is and find other travel hacks like making sure you avoid any extortionate tourist traps.