New Year’s Travel Resolutions
With 2014 nearly here, we know what’s coming—a new year, a clean slate, and a list of New Year’s resolutions. And while it’s easy to stray from your most well-intentioned goals, do your best to keep those travel resolutions intact. After all, globe-trotting is a whole lot more fun than, say, dieting.
We asked Travel + Leisure’s Twitter fans and editors to share their travel resolutions for 2014, using the hashtag #TLTips. Our favorites include T+L editor Peter Frank’s plan to slurp up every noodle in sight while traveling in Asia and T+L fan @wanderbliss’s goal to “make more of an effort to meet locals and speak foreign languages.”
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Wherever T+L’s fans and editors resolve to go, their travel resolutions range from practical ideas to the most fantastic plans. While the @thestyledancer vows to “plan more, do less, enjoy the moment,” @dnoktaenokta will be “visiting Île Sainte-Marie, Madagascar, to observe humpback whales in their own environment,” and @flytographer plans “to unplug completely for at least a week in Bora Bora.”
When it comes to travel, it’s okay to have lofty goals. Just don’t wait too long to book your getaway. Only then will it become a reality—and a completed resolution. We’ll toast to that.
"Plan more, do less, enjoy the moment. On the list: India, Morocco, Portugal, Michigan, Rehoboth Beach."
“#2014 #travel resolution: travel as much as possible to places I love & places I've never been, 1st trip #Nashville.”
“In 2014, I plan to travel by plane/train/car to at least 1 place I've never been for at least 2 days, every month.”
“Sleep on a train. Stay only at 4* hotels. Only fly business overseas. Lay out outfits. Mix match. Travel light.”
“Visiting Île Sainte-Marie, Madagascar, to observe humpback whales in their own environment.”
“Take more solo trips (I did my first one this past summer and it was eye-opening).”
“I resolve to check flight schedules online prior to leaving for the airport AND to smile more at the airport staff.”
“To get to @DeltaDiamond status. Made it to Silver for work, but Diamond would mean I've been traveling with my family.”
“It appears there is a big chance to see the northern lights this year. I say: off to #lapland#sweden.We did it last year.WOW.”
“I'm (finally) heading to Asia for a multi-city tour. The goal: Leave no noodle unslurped!”
“On my travel to-do list: Follow the country-blues-jazz trail with my musician son, from the clubs and roadhouses of Nashville and Memphis, to the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta, to the all-night jam sessions on Bourbon Street, New Orleans. Now that's a hepcat holiday!"
“I resolve to take control of my vacation photos—to organize, edit, share, print, and generally do something with them!”
“Have been to Jackson Hole, Vail, Canyons, Park City, Snowbird many times. My resolution is to snowboard somewhere new!”
“Hoteliers, lock up your pens! I plan to start swiping the in-room writing implements, so that when I'm sitting in the old folks home writing letters (assuming paper still exists) I'll have lots of great memories with each one.”
“I promise to never fly out of JFK or LGA if I can help it. Newark has a seafood restaurant, which is much improved from the fast food offered at the other 2.”
“In 2014 I vow to fly with my family to Paris. I fly so much for work that family holidays are always drives.”
“More weekend getaways to the great mountains, beaches, and small towns within a few hours of New York City. The key is reserving a rental car in advance (especially during summer) or heading to a spot accessible by train.”