It’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about what your New Year’s resolutions are gonna be. Mine are usually one of the following: start working out again, diet, learn something new, be more productive…the typical basic resolutions that everyone makes year after year. So for 2018, let’s be more creative and make our New Year’s Goals travel related and something that we’re actually excited to follow through with!
New Year’s Goals: Your Travel Plans for 2018
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Take Your First Solo Trip
Do you normally take your vacations with friends, family, or a significant other? Well let’s make 2018 the year that you go solo for the first time! Traveling alone is awesome, fun, exhilarating, scary, and something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Solo travel has become such a common thing that pretty much anywhere you go, you’re sure to find other backpackers and solo travelers in the same boat. The funny thing is you’re rarely alone when you travel solo because you’re always meeting new people! If the thought of traveling in a foreign country all alone sounds terrifying, then it’s probably a great idea for a New Year’s resolution. Get out of your comfort zone! Sign up for my FREE 8-day email course that delivers daily lessons to your inbox on How to Travel Alone for the first time.
Go Somewhere New
Having a special place that you visit every year is great. Timeshares are nice. Going somewhere familiar is fine. But maybe it’s time to try somewhere new! Pick a place that’s always intrigued you or that’s been on your bucket list forever. Experiencing new cultures is such an amazing part of life and it’s why I personally am so passionate about travel. We’re lucky that we live in a day and age where we can fly anywhere in the world any day of the year…so take advantage of it! There’s a whole world out there to explore, so don’t hold back and visit the same places again and again. If you don’t know where’d you’d like to visit, check out Skyscanner.com. You can find the cheapest destinations to fly to from your home town. Or follow some travel Instagram accounts where you can get inspired by all the amazing travel photos.
Make a Bucket List
Writing down your goals increases your chances of actually completing them. So do this for your travel goals! Buy a cute travel journal and start your travel bucket list. Make these goals for your whole life so you have enough time to complete them. Some ideas are
- See the Seven Wonders of the World
- Visit all 7 continents
- Go skiing for the first time
- Try scuba diving
- See a football (soccer) game in Spain
- Jump off a waterfall
Learn a Foreign Language
Travel is all about experiencing new cultures, and language is a part of that. Learning a new language not only looks good on a resume (bonus!), but it also just helps you grow as a person. Being able to communicate with someone from another country in their own language shows that you care and are interested in understanding their culture. If you don’t know what language you’d like to learn, pick a destination that you want to visit next and learn their native language. Or pick one that can be used in multiple countries, such as Spanish or French. To get started, download the Duolingo app which gamifies learning the language to make it more fun and keeps track of how you’re progressing. Or if you want to really get going, buy Rosetta Stone which is the number one language learning software out there.
Budget for Travel
If you’re anything like me, budgeting isn’t your strong suit. Many people choose one of their New Year’s goals to be creating a budget…boring! But budgeting for vacations…sounds more fun, right? If you have big travel plans for 2018, you’ll want to start saving now so that you won’t be stuck scrambling for money at the last minute. You’ll want to figure out a plan on how to set aside money from each paycheck, cut back on unnecessary expenditures (that daily coffee), and decide how much you’ll need for your travel plans. I’ve started pulling $50 per paycheck and automatically putting it in my travel savings account, so I’m not tempted to spend it. Come up with your plan and make sure you write it down so you’ll stick with it!
Last year I made a bucket list, this year I’m planning to learn a foreign language (Spanish because I’m going to Spain in March!). I’d love to know what your New Year’s goals are going to be for 2018. Comment below and let me know!
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