To toast the New Year—and with it, dreams of an improved you—we've come up with a few suggestions, at home and on the road.
—Lauren David Peden
1 LOSE WEIGHT Put down that eggnog and kick-start your fitness routine with a state-of-the-art spa program. At the recently renovated Spa at Camelback Inn (800/242-2635; www.camelbackinn.com; doubles from $299) in Scottsdale, Arizona, personal trainers administer high-tech tests to determine your "health level" and then create an individual fitness program based on the results.
2 FALL IN LOVE Singles Travel International (877/765-6874; www.singlestravelintl.com; doubles from $1,765) now runs a modern-day Love Boat. In March, bachelors and bachelorettes can flirt aboard Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas on an 11-day Hawaiian Islands cruise; in July, they can sail around Europe on Cunard's new Queen Mary 2.
3 QUIT SMOKING Sign up for a Stop Smoking workshop at Roundelwood Health Improvement Spa (44-1764/653-806; www.roundelwood.org.uk; from $960 for five days) in Scotland, which includes group therapy sessions, massages, hydrotherapy, and detoxification treatments to help alleviate withdrawal woes.
4 LEARN A LANGUAGE Linguistic pioneer Berlitz (800/432-6277; www.berlitzbooks.com; $24.95) has struck a chord with the Rush Hour series: sing-along language courses, based on the premise that putting words to music makes them easier to remember. Listen to the CD's in the car, at the gym, or on the plane, and master French, Italian, German, or Spanish.
5 DO SOMETHING GOOD For your next vacation, instead of just vegging on the beach, volunteer your time. BeyondTourism.com, a listing of companies worldwide that offer study and work vacations, launches this month with more than a thousand altruistic trips, such as promoting AIDS awareness in Brazil. Global Volunteers (800/487-1074; www.globalvolunteers.org) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a roster of new international programs—among them, nature preservation in Kauai and community development for Australia's Aboriginals.
6 UPGRADE YOUR LUGGAGE Sick of searching the carousel for your boring black bag?The futuristic T3 wheeled bag from Tumi (800/322-8864; www.tumi.com; $395-$495) comes in storm blue and will soon be available in white, silver, rust, and olive green. Swiss Army (888/658-0717; www.swissarmy.com; $499-$679) is adding new twists to its bright line of suitcases with the Triaxle upright: an aluminum-impregnated exoskeleton, ergonomic telescoping heli-handle, interior garment bag, and the option to increase the suitcase's depth.
7 BE SPONTANEOUS The easy-to-navigate Web site Overstock (www.overstock.com), which sells everything from jewelry to electronics at a discount, has entered the travel market with last-minute deals on surplus plane tickets, hotel rooms, and car rentals.
8 EXPRESS YOURSELF Channel your inner Monet with Orient-Express Hotels' two- to nine-night Botanical and Wildlife Painting Holidays (800/524-2420; www.orient-express.com; trips from $636), held nine times a year at Lilianfels in Australia, Virginia's Keswick Hall, or Hotel Cipriani in Venice. You'll learn the finer points of landscape and botanical painting from renowned international artists.
9 STAY IN TOUCH Smart watches allow you to make like 007 while traveling (martini optional). MSN Direct has paired with Suunto and Fossil to produce stylish timekeepers (800/449-3056; www.msndirect.com; $179-$299) that also provide digital news, weather, and restaurant info. BMW has jumped on the bandwidth with a Memory Watch (866/467-6464; www.minimotoringgear.com; $128), designed to coordinate with that lovable British car import, the Mini Cooper. The wearable gadget stores up to 128 MB of data (photos, music, even Excel presentations).
10 SCHEDULE SOME "ME" TIME Peopled out?Head to Arawak Beach Inn (877/427-2925; www.arawakbeach.com; $399) in Anguilla for its Me, Myself & I package: three splendidly solitary nights in an ocean-view room and a day trip to a nearby deserted island.
Spa at Camelback Inn
The Spa at Camelback Inn sits at the base of Mummy Mountain, with sweeping views of Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley and the downtown Phoenix skyline. The lush landscaping adds more natural elements to this 32,000-square-foot, Southwestern-themed health spa, which offers pampering treatments, a comprehensive fitness center, and wellness programs. Spend the entire day enjoying the spa's luxurious locker rooms (including separate whirlpools and au naturel sunbathing terraces for men and women), a full-service salon, on-site Sprouts restaurant, and heated outdoor lap pool with plenty of cushioned lounge chairs.