Looking to start the New Year on the right foot? Here are the trips to get you motivated.
Resolution: Eat Better
New Year's Resolution Trips
Resolution: Eat Better
Where to Go: Cantabria, Spain
What to Do: Fall in love with fish and veggies again. The Greeks and Italians have long taken credit for having the most heart-healthy diets, but a recent study found that tapas-loving Spaniards—especially in coastal Cantabria—are doing the best job of embracing the produce-heavy Mediterranean diet. Locals reportedly consume 40 percent more veggies, five times the olive oil, and twice as much fish as their European neighbors. Two renowned restaurants in the province’s capital, Santander, showcase the cuisine’s blend of seafood and fresh countryside ingredients: El Serbal and Zacarias, helmed by a local celebrity cookbook author.
Where to Stay: The palatial Hotel Real was built in 1917 to house the then-king’s entourage, and it still has a royal vibe—plus, it’s close to the beaches of El Sardinero. —Katrina Brown Hunt
Of all the storied holiday-season traditions, the New Year’s resolution has long been a laughingstock, ranking somewhere between the office Secret Santa and the barking-dogs version of “Jingle Bells.”
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If you’ve been down that resolution path (and who hasn’t?), you know the drill. You begin with an earnest proclamation of intent while standing by the chip bowl at a New Year’s Eve party—“I’ll lose 20 pounds! I’ll run a marathon! I’ll never order fried cheese again!” But once you get back to your usual life’s routine, those ambitions fizzle like day-old champagne. No surprise: a University of Washington study found that almost half of us have ditched our resolutions before March.
To keep a resolution from becoming more than a joke, some say you need to start with a plan of action—and what better plan of action than to plan a trip? When you take your resolution on a vacation, you can immerse yourself in your new mind-set, whether your goal is to eat better, quit smoking, or overcome a fear.
One place to go: Tucson’s miracle-making spa, Miraval. Travelers come looking to lose weight, of course, but perhaps also to deal with an emotional issue or just to slow down life’s pace. If nothing else, the memories of a great trip will periodically remind you that there’s more to life than fried cheese. —Katrina Brown Hunt