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Looking to start the New Year on the right foot? Here are the trips to get you motivated.

Resolution: Exercise More

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Where to Go: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

What to Do: Why jog around a track when you could be among invitingly lush surroundings with temperatures in the seventies? The peninsula has countless hikes through its nature preserves, up to waterfalls, or along beaches, all to help you get in the habit of at least walking every day. Outfitters like Backroads offer trips that swing through this area with hiking, biking, kayaking, or horseback riding, all at your fitness level.

Where to Stay: Get inspired at the Lapa Rios Ecolodge, where you can sleep in a plushly appointed bungalow and hike through the neighboring, trail-rich nature preserve. —Katrina Brown Hunt

New Year's Resolution Trips

Resolution: Exercise More

Where to Go: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

What to Do: Why jog around a track when you could be among invitingly lush surroundings with temperatures in the seventies? The peninsula has countless hikes through its nature preserves, up to waterfalls, or along beaches, all to help you get in the habit of at least walking every day. Outfitters like Backroads offer trips that swing through this area with hiking, biking, kayaking, or horseback riding, all at your fitness level.

Where to Stay: Get inspired at the Lapa Rios Ecolodge, where you can sleep in a plushly appointed bungalow and hike through the neighboring, trail-rich nature preserve. —Katrina Brown Hunt

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New Year's Resolution Trips

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.

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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

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