New Year’s resolutions normally represent the changes that people want to make in the new or upcoming year.
For some travellers their New Year’s resolutions include shifting to a new career, saving money, trying a new hobby, quitting a bad habit or losing weight. But for most travellers, the start of a new calendar year brings inspiration to plan a bigger and more exciting adventure than the previous year. As their travel experience grows, so does their desire to discover places that are more exotic, thrilling or diverse.
Whether you’re a keen traveller or someone who wants to make 2019 a year of adventures and travel, here are some cool ideas for your New Year’s resolutions.
Embrace The Weekend
One of the coolest New Year’s resolutions for aspiring travellers in 2019 is to become a weekend warrior. Even though these trips are rather short, weekend getaways are far better than a couple of days of Netflix and chill.
Hop on a bus or train ride on a Friday evening, and get back home feeling more euphoric on a Sunday evening. You’ll get to see quite a few new cities and destinations every year, this way. For South Africans, you can use this approach to get away to Lesotho or eSwatini.
Take a Solo Adventure
Solo travel is finally getting the attention it deserves these days. The benefits of taking a holiday alone are endless; it turns out the freedom and solitude can do wonders. If the idea attracts you, you’re not alone.
Whether it’s trekking through the wilderness or exploring a big city, there’s a special kind of magic that comes about when you do it on your own.
Not sure where to go? Here’s where to travel alone.
Visit A Historical Landmark You’ve Never Been To
On the flip side of the coin, let’s just say there’s a reason that famous landmarks are, well, famous. Some destinations are so dazzling, so downright magical, that they’re worth braving the distance and potential crowds. Sit down and ask yourself what historical icons you’ve yet to experience. Whether it’s the Khami Ruins in Bulawayo, the Castle of Good Hope, or the Voortrekker Monument. There is so much to choose from.
Explore Your Backyard
Don’t overlook your city, province or country, which has its own history as well as s incredible collection of noteworthy sights and intriguing diversions. If you live somewhere in South Africa, national parks are by far incredibly beautiful and blissful places to visit in 2019. Furthermore, most of them are free, and you can get there without spending thousands of dollars on airfare and accommodations.
Take The Bus, Train or Bike
These options will not only save you a great deal of money and energy, but they will also let you see more of the place you are visiting. Your money will remain in the local economy, and you will get to spend more time with the locals. As far as we are concerned, it’s a win-win situation for both parties.
Don’t stick to tourist hot-spots
Sure, they are popular and nice for reason, but wouldn’t it be great and wonderful if you could spread your travel wings and explore lesser-known places in and around your destination?
Read travel blogs, chat with the locals, and spend a few hours wandering around aimlessly because you might end up discovering some exciting things to do and hidden treasures. And by the way, even if you don’t travel very often, you should seriously consider this idea, when building a list of New Year’s resolutions for 2018.
Use travel hacks more often
Want to make your life and escapades easier and cheaper in 2019? Change up your travel game by finding loads of informative travel hacks, money-saving travel tips on Pinterest and ask your favourite traveller how they do it.
Be in the moment
Travelling can be pretty stressful and hectic, even for seasoned travellers. As a matter of fact, it can leave you sensitive and extra concerned about ticking everything off your list of things to do. When these things happen, stop, and take a deep breath.
Forget about the bus schedules, closing times, and fitting in that sightseeing trip before lunchtime. Take a look around, enjoy the sights, listen to the crashing waves on the shore, observe the locals, and feel the sands. Slow down, and experience the delight of the place you have worked so hard to get to.
Got a couple of New Year’s resolutions that we haven’t mentioned in this list? Please share them with us through the comment section below.