One of our common flaws is taking things for granted, which causes us to appreciate something only when it is gone or unavailable. The pandemic has provided us with a wealth of lessons, one of which has been to rekindle our respect for the ability to travel. In the spirit of dreaming and making our goals a reality, we may now focus our New Year’s resolutions on another distinct part of our well-being: our desire to travel and learn about the world.
Because we don’t know when we’ll be able to travel freely again, we may use this time to visualise all the places we want to see, thoroughly investigate them, and alter our mentality to reap the benefits of travel even while we sit motionless. Consider this a relaxing way of planning your travels for the coming year, anticipating border openings, and welcoming future memories into your life through visualisation.
Find adventure in your immediate surroundings
Some experiences are not included in tour packages, nor are there discounts for families. If you look at your annual meteor shower calendar, for example, you may choose a good local area to camp out and wait for the show to begin. Then again, there’s a good chance that spectacular waterfalls, river springs, and hidden forest cottages are just around the corner, waiting for you to discover them.
There’s no need to go far and wide all the time to feel like you’re on a completely different planet. Do some research to locate activities that will bring you joy and excitement without requiring you to purchase a plane ticket, and you may even acquire a new skill in the process.
Accept something new
We can reasonably state that 2020 was not in our comfort zone. So, now that you’ve officially left your comfort zone, what’s keeping you from applying the same mentality to your trip choices? Instead than returning to the same destinations and tried-and-true hotels and restaurants, make this year about venturing into the unknown.
Have you ever taken a cruise? What about assisting small turtles in reaching the sea? Have you ever gone in search of the northern lights in the snowy darkness of Lapland? Have you ever waited for daybreak on a Greek island? Find strategies to improve your travel habits and see the world from new and beautiful angles.
Make the decision to connect with Mother Nature
Instead of crowded hotels and big excursions in major cities across the world, use this year to detach from the masses and reconnect with nature. Rather than sitting on a beach along the Adriatic coast, you can discover yachts for charter and explore the secret, lonely coves away from the masses.
You may also locate excellent diving and snorkelling places, as well as explore a variety of local ports and dine at a seafood restaurant. If the weather permits, spend the night on the beach and sleep under the stars. Make this year’s travels more memorable by relying on the little things in life.
Bring sustainability into your vacations
We frequently believe that major impact is reserved for large organisations, so we want corporations to embrace sustainability, but we frequently fail to recognise our own role in this process. One of the most beautiful decisions you can make this year and beyond is to change your travel patterns to be more sustainable and environmentally beneficial.
You can alter your travel experience by selecting travel organisations that allow you to contribute to the local economy through volunteering and work, as well as staying in eco-friendly accommodations. That could be your modest but important contribution to preventing another disaster of this magnitude and slowing our planet’s overall health deterioration.
Regain your appreciation for your community’s resources
While the Adriatic shore remains out of reach and we have yet to experience the warmth of the Bali sun, we can and should take a look around. Something captivating is just around the bend. Whether it’s a new coffee shop you’ve never been to because it’s not on the streets of Paris (and maybe your local coffee tastes better, who knows), or a secret hiking route perfect for your mindfulness session.
Exploring your local getaways can be a fantastic opportunity to camp with your family, hire a boat on a lake, or locate a patisserie with a long history of producing the region’s greatest delicacies. It’s all about incorporating travel into your daily routine and transforming every mundane drive or walk into a treasure trove of opportunities to learn something new.
Life as we know it may never be the same again, and some of our habits and behaviours may have to change for a long time. Knowing that the future is unclear and that the travel industry will need to work hard to recover, we as travellers can do a lot to make travel slower, more conscious, sustainable, and better for everyone. Keep these resolutions in mind and follow them once the borders reopen and you can book a nice journey to a new and intriguing location someplace on our small globe.