It’s a brand new year and a great opportunity to make resolutions to be the best version of yourself in 2016. As well as the virtuous ones that many of us make, travellers should also factor in a few to improve their holiday experiences in the coming 12 months. That’s because looking ahead should not just be about what you can achieve, but how happy and relaxed you can be too. With this in mind, we’ve put together some resolutions you might want to consider adopting yourself.
Be more adventurous
This can mean different things to everyone depending on how you usually plan and spend your holidays. If you always go to the same place, it could be the opportunity to mix it up a bit and book an entirely new destination. For those who travel widely, the adventure element could be to try a new activity that is slightly out of their comfort zone. Perhaps you are a fussy eater and shy away from the local cuisine – if so, make 2016 the year you try new dishes. Only you know what adventure means to you and how you can bring more of it into your travelling life.
Make more of an effort with languages
Languages can be tough and it sometimes feels like you’ve either got a talent for them or not. But do persevere, as it’s amazing how a little bit of work in this area can really pay off. Knowing a few words in the local lingo will show willing and can often lead to conversations where you pick up a little bit more vocabulary. It’s also amazing how saying hello and thank you in the local tongue opens up so many opportunities to see a more authentic side of a culture.
Be more spontaneous
Holiday time is precious, we get that, but planning every day’s activities can make it feel quite restrictive. Some of the most memorable experiences come from spontaneous acts, such as seeing where this street leads or going on a whim and agreeing to something out of the ordinary. If you must plan then schedule in half a day to get lost in the streets of Rome or an anything-can-happen day on your week-long trip to Tenerife. You’ll be grateful for it in the end.
Learn on your travels
This may sound a little dry – you’re going on holiday after all, not back to school – but there are some great things you can learn from the destinations you love. Why not book a cookery class in Spain or a wine tasting in Italy? See, those are lessons we could all enjoy. It means you can come home with a new skill and potentially an interest that will keep your holiday vibes going for longer.
Shop less; do more
It’s so easy to get caught up on the things you want to buy, but if you purchase fewer items throughout the year you will be able to do so much more with the money you save. It may mean an extra short break and splashing out on that special day trip while you are away. In the long-run you’ll be surrounded by less clutter and be happier with the additional things you have done in your year – win-win.
In this country we have a one big holiday a year mindset, but you need a break more often than that to recharge and be a well-rounded person. This doesn’t mean taking huge swathes of time off work and using up all your savings. You can do some great European cities on a weekend, as flight times can be relatively short and you’ll be back in the office come 9am on Monday. The only difference is that you’ll be filled with memories and have a more relaxed demeanour about you.