Want to travel more? Don’t know where to start?
To help you get out and about in this vast world in 2017, here are 10 specific travel resolutions you can make for yourself and how to work towards them; from getting to a remote destination to tackling your first solo self-fulfilling trip.
Use more of your vacation days.
They are there! Use them! 93% of Canadians consider vacation time important to keeping themselves happy, yet 43% of Canadians don’t take their full allotment of vacation days. You don’t have to use them all at once. If you feel taking a two week vacation isn’t in the cards, take a few extended weekends to explore new cities. Search for flights based on flight time so you can get the most out of the time you have. Whether you hit the mountains for a weekend in Banff or jet off to Toronto to explore, it doesn’t matter, just get out there.
If seeing the world is high on your priority list, use 2017 to put yourself in a position to do just that through work and volunteer opportunities. There are several companies that offer both short-term and long-term options for explorers, like Diverbo, which employs English speakers in countries to teach the language and engage in dinner parties and performances.
Start learning a new language.
Not only is learning a new language helpful when travelling where it’s spoken, but it can also make you more attractive to others.
Language apps are easy to use and take minimal daily engagement. They are a great way to practice a language before leaving the comfort of your own home. Consider, Duolingo, which utilizes chatbots so you can practice saying phrases to people you might come across on your trip, or Babbel, which also has speech recognition to ensure your pronunciation is correct.
See a new city.
Knowing when the right deals spring up for flights can help you get to a destination you’ve been longing to go to – for less. Sign up for email alerts from airlines or monitor sites such as Airfare Watchdog.
If you have a new city in mind that you need to see, the app Hopper lets you set price alerts for that city which, will let you know when the best possible time is to book your flight.
Get off the grid.
Although remote destinations can be expensive and hard to get to - the lack of crowds, stunning sights, and peace and tranquility are worth it.
Companies like Undiscovered Destinations specialize in taking curious travellers off the grid for an experience they won’t forget.
Make new friends.
Meeting locals on your travels will not only make you new friends but also give you the best insight into the best spots in that destination. Meal-sharing apps are an easy way to do this if you have a hard time introducing yourself to strangers. They give travellers the chance to sit down and have a community meal prepared by the locals; try EatWith, they operate in 200 cities in 50 different countries. The meals can be cheaper than dining out and give you the chance to meet new acquaintances and experience the local culture.
Take a solo trip.
If you have not done this – move it to the top of your list.
Travelling alone gives you a chance to figure out who you are and what you want out of your time away, on your own terms. It gives you a chance to unwind, recharge, and discover things about yourself you never knew.
Travelling alone can be intimidating. If you don’t want to be completely isolated, companies like Contiki, focus on trips for travellers ages 18 to 35 and will connect you with fellow travellers on social media before the journey. Then, when you arrive, you can choose to meet up with those people when and where you want, while still having the freedom to explore on your own.
Eat like a local.
Sampling new foods can be one of the most enjoyable ways to experience and appreciate a new culture.
Your Local Cousin will help you explore a city from a local’s perspective by pairing you with one. Travellers and locals are matched by common interests and allow the traveller to communicate with the local and get recommendations on where to go and what to have.
Health and travelling can go hand in hand.
Keeping up with a fitness routine can seem tough to do on a trip, but it doesn’t have to be.
If keeping fitness top of mind is a priority for you, opt for an active vacation. Whether it is going for hikes and fitness classes in British Columbia or finding your Zen with a yoga vacation at Paradise Found; there is an active vacation for everyone.
Take a staycation.
How often do you explore the city you live in? Have you been a tourist in your own city lately?
Taking a staycation can help you get familiar with where you live and make your home feel like a new destination. Opt to take your staycation in a hotel and find some last minute deals on Hotel Tonight.
Be more adventurous.
This is self explanatory. Just get out there. If you are thinking about doing it, just do it.
If there is one regret people have in their life it is not seeing enough of the world, and not living in the moment while you are there.