As we move into the latter half of January, we are reminded that this is the time of year when our resolutions tend to quaver as our willpower sometimes fails us. Sometimes the problem is that we resolved to do too many things at once, or commit to achieving too big a goal in one fell swoop, rather than breaking that goal into more manageable pieces.
What’s more, so often it seems that our resolutions are difficult and unpleasant tasks, such as losing weight. We would do well to include pleasurable goals in our New Year’s resolutions. If you’re reading this article then you’re probably a traveler, and you know that travel is one of the most pleasurable human endeavors. Travelers also make resolutions, or at least they’re encouraged to make resolutions.
One of the publications that weighed in on this topic is Condé Nast Traveler. It has some smart ideas and interesting travelers we thought wise to share with you. Whatever your travel preferences, we hope you will set some time and money aside this year to do some pleasurable traveling — maybe even the kind of traveling that challenges your habits and takes you (literally and figuratively) into some new territory. These suggestions from Condé Nast Traveler on how to make the most of your 2015 travels might just energize you and fill you with a renewed zest for travel and some fresh ideas.
Get to know your home state. Ashley Muir Bruhn, the voice behind the travel-themed blog Hither & Thither, has adventured far and wide, from India to Indonesia. In 2015, however, the mother of two hopes to home in on her newly adopted state. “We moved from New York to California two years ago, and there’s still so much to see here,” she says. “From vast deserts to snowy mountains, verdant valleys to rolling seas, it’s an incredible state. We took visits to the tidepools around Monterey, Calif., last year and ever since, I’ve been looking forward to seeing more of the western coastline. This year, I’d like to head north, over the Golden Gate and up Highway One.”
Give solo travel a try. Art director and lifestyle blogger Bri Emery travels for work often. She’s taken her popular Photoshop course, Blogshop, on the road, teaching in Europe, Australia, and cities across the United States — but in 2015, she’s looking to add more solo sightseeing to her agenda. “I’ve never traveled on a longer trip by myself before, and I’m tempted after seeing a few of my friends take the opportunity to travel alone this year. Renting an apartment in Amsterdam for a while sounds perfect.”
Create a travel wish list. In place of resolutions, tea specialist Kathy YL Chan makes a travel wish list at the end of each year.
Plan more small weekend getaways. Says Lauren Kilberg, who writes about travel and design on the blog Double Takes, “My 2015 resolution is to remember the delight of taking smaller trips. Time is the most valuable currency in travel, and unfortunately, many of us don’t get enough of it. I often forget that travel doesn’t necessarily require a passport — trips come in all lengths and durations. This year, I want to take more weekend getaways and make more of an effort to explore the places around me.”
Don’t shy away from one huge trip. “We’re hoping to make 2015 a big travel year,” say photographers (and husband-and-wife team) Lou Mora and Sarah Yates. “We’ve spent countless hours fantasizing about where our wanderlust will take us. We’d love to visit Italy, Australia, and Colombia, but having just returned from two weeks in Bali, we’re also itching to go back to Southeast Asia.” He adds, “We’re also hoping to have more photos of the two of us together on our travels—since one of us is always shooting, we barely have any!” (Keep track of the pair’s whereabouts by following #lourahtravels on Instagram.)
Live in the moment – and don’t over plan. “My travel goal next year is to keep honing my ability to make a big fat U-turn—literally,” says Santa Barbara-based photographer Leela Cyd. “When I travel, I like to keep plans loose, and for the most part, this works brilliantly — I’m often swept off my feet by the chance encounters I have along the way. Sometimes, though, things go awry. For instance, this photo was taken during a six-hour journey from Madurai to Munnar in southern India. A storm rolled in, and was expected to last for the next three days—so, after a bit of deliberating, we turned around and hopped a train in the opposite direction in search of a sunnier weekend. It seemed crazy at the time, but I’m so happy we did it. Sometimes you just have to trust your instincts.”
Make exploration your job. Photographer Nicole Franzen, currently in Buenos Aires, writes, “I’m very fortunate that my work takes me all over the world. Next year, I’m hoping to spend more time working and exploring.”
To all our guests, here is to happy travels and 2015.
Written by Mike Consol