Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe 2013 is over and 2014 has begun! By now, you probably have a list of resolutions ready for the new year. Or maybe you’re like me and you’ve procrastinated getting that list together. (After all, who has time to make more lists during the holidays?). In that case, you might find inspiration in these ideas—which are mostly travel related, of course! Read on for some resolutions you might want to tackle over the next 12 months.

 

Dad, Mom and I in Sevilla, Spain.

Dad, Mom and I in Sevilla, Spain.

Travel with your parent.

None of us are getting any younger (unfortunately), so now is the time to take a trip with your parent! Find a destination that you both would enjoy, then start planning.

Travel is a great way to get some serious family bonding time and to encourage your parent to stay active. Many of us can’t do as much as we’d like to as we age, but many places cater to seniors and people with mobility challenges. Find a trip that works for everyone and go for it! Travel makes you younger—or at least it makes you feel younger (which, in my opinion, is just as good!).

 

Make this the year of something new.

Challenge yourself to try something you’ve always wanted to do or even just something different from your usual routine. Take a cooking class, join a chorus, learn to paint, join a writing group, try a zumba class—the possibilities are endless! Get outside your comfort zone, even if just a little bit. At the very least, you’ll meet some new people and have a new experience. (For more ideas, check out my post on staying active.)

 

If you haven’t traveled in a while (or ever), start now.

James Bond Island, Phuket Thailand

James Bond Island, Phuket Thailand

Maybe you’ve never been much of a traveler, or perhaps it’s been years since you went away. Don’t let that stop you from planning a trip! Decide to go somewhere this year, whether it’s just to the next town over or to a dream destination on the other side of the globe.

If you’re nervous about traveling, start with something small. Book a night or two at a nearby hotel or bed and breakfast, for example. Or take a day trip to a neighboring city and spend the afternoon in a museum. (For more suggestions, read my tips for travel beginners.)

 

Write about your travels.

As you’ve probably noticed, I enjoy writing about my travel experiences. I also enjoy reading about other people’s journeys. Writing about trips can help you both remember them and share them. So get out that laptop (or a good old pen and paper!) and start jotting down memories of trips you’ve taken. If you need encouragement, take a writing or blogging class at a local community college.

Take a community class to learn how to blog!

Take a community class to learn how to blog!

Resolve to put some of your adventures in writing in the upcoming year, whether your works are intended only for family and friends or published in a more public setting. Hey, you could give your family a real shock by telling them you’ve started blogging! They’ll be scared not to read your blog for fear of missing what you write about them. (Ha!)

If you aren’t ready to take on blogging, start small by writing a review of a hotel or restaurant you like (or dislike) and posting it to a crowd-sourced website such as TripAdvisor and Yelp. Adding your own reviews to those sites gives you a great opportunity to reflect on your experiences and to practice your writing!
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I hope this post inspired you to add something fun to your list of resolutions. I look forward to sharing many adventures with you throughout 2014. Happy New Year!