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

Resolution: Spend More Time with Your Family

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Where to Go: Stowe, Vermont

What to Do: This is an all-season playground for families. On the town’s five-mile recreation path, you can rent either bicycles or snowshoes, depending on the time of year. And there’s always the kid-friendly (and adult-friendly) Ben & Jerry’s Factory tour.

Where to Stay: What says “family” better than the Trapp Family Lodge? There are horse-drawn sleighs, snow sports for all skill levels, and a kids’ club for tots three and up. And yes, by Trapp you can deduce von Trapps, of The Sound of Music fame. Hey, a family that escapes together stays together. —Katrina Brown Hunt

New Year's Resolution Trips

Resolution: Spend More Time with Your Family

Where to Go: Stowe, Vermont

What to Do: This is an all-season playground for families. On the town’s five-mile recreation path, you can rent either bicycles or snowshoes, depending on the time of year. And there’s always the kid-friendly (and adult-friendly) Ben & Jerry’s Factory tour.

Where to Stay: What says “family” better than the Trapp Family Lodge? There are horse-drawn sleighs, snow sports for all skill levels, and a kids’ club for tots three and up. And yes, by Trapp you can deduce von Trapps, of The Sound of Music fame. Hey, a family that escapes together stays together. —Katrina Brown Hunt

Courtesy of Trapp Family Lodge

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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