It's that time of year when we start making resolutions for the new year.
Some people will try to drink less, or quit smoking, or will try to workout more.
I personally plan to make "let it go" my mantra for 2016 as I'd like to be more accepting of things as they come vs. trying to control things in my life.
Peace of mind = peace in life.
I'm also working on some travel resolutions because, let's face it - we could all use a little improvement! So I've put together this list of travel inspired resolutions for the New Year.
This year make an effort to get out to see more of the world! The more you experience, the more you live. I know not everyone can afford to take regular trips (hello, student life) but saving a few dollars here and there can really add up. If it helps, try creating your own travel jar and adding to it when you can.
A lot of the time, we overlook our own town/city as somewhere to explore. Not only is it much more affordable than a plane ticket but it's great for people that lack time to travel far.
Try going for a walk in a new neighbourhood, staying at a new accommodation or going out for lunch at a new diner. You never know what adventures await in your own backyard!
First and foremost - always get travel insurance. No exceptions! If the worse were to happen while abroad, you could up with with enormous health expenses (especially if travelling in the US!).
Have copies of your travel documents made and keep them in a secure place and take care to protect your personal items, money and identity.
It's also important to research the country you're going to, as well as any current events going on in the area. The last thing you'd want is to book a vacation during a time of civil unrest!
For more great safety tips click here.
As an introvert, I find it easy to get wrapped up in my own comfort zone. Unfortunately this can mean missing out on many opportunities!
For 2016 I encourage you to be bolder.
Book the ticket. Try the new food. Say hello to the cute stranger. The more you open up, the more doors will open for you.
Ah yes, technology.
It's wonderful that we can capture memories easily with snapping a photo, and that we can Skype with people across the world and have 24/7 access to the web (Instagram addict over here) however it easily distracts us from the real world. The world right in front of our eyes.
When we're glued to our screens, we're not focusing on the present. Make an effort to shut down, turn off and unplug on your next trip. Instead of capturing the memories, try living them! :)
You know us - we're sticklers for packing light. Not only does it cut down our travel costs (baggage fees) but it makes life so much easier to travel light. There are tons of travel tips out there to help you pack better but starting with a minimal wardrobe is a great way to keep your travel gear light. It can be tempting to pack 4 pairs of shoes, but will you really need them all?
Take what you know you'll need - not what you think you might need. Worse comes to worse, you can always pick things up at your destination!
The worst thing we can do when going on a trip (or in life in general) is have expectations. When we have expectations for something or someone, we set ourselves up for extreme disappointment when it/they don't live up to our expectations.
Be excited, but don't expect your adventure to turn out exactly like you think it will - because it won't. I personally like to entertain the idea of worst case scenario - and am always pleasantly surprised with the results!
This goes along with our mission to unplug more often, but being present is key to living a fulfilling life. If you're going on a vacation - try to keep it a vacation. Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, so try putting your day to day problems on hold for a while and focus on your time now.
Press pause and focus on your senses. What do you see or smell in that moment. What do you feel. Make an effort to find something positive in every situation on your trip, even if it's something little.
Remember to breathe and enjoy the moment.
Any New Year's Travel Resolutions that you're working on?
Let us know in the comments below!