5 New Year’s Travel Resolutions That Will Make You a Better Traveler

Most people ring in the New Year with a list of resolutions they’re not likely to keep for more than a few days—or hours. Instead of committing to ambitious decisions like, “I will exercise every day,” use Inspirock’s itinerary planner and make a few New Year’s travel resolutions that you’ll actually enjoy keeping on your next vacation.

I Resolve To… Be More Than an Ordinary Tourist

Travel by: fdecomite (CC)
Travel by: fdecomite (CC)

Paul Theroux once wrote, “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” Listen to Theroux (he’s been to most places the rest of us haven’t even heard of) and resolve to be more than yet another ordinary tourist. Experience your Tuscany vacation through the eyes of a local. How? That’s easy—instead of abiding by a rigorous schedule, hop on a bike or put on your trusty old walking shoes and just go. Where? Anywhere. Get off the beaten path and look for those hidden places that manage to preserve their character and escape the worst elements of commercial tourism.

I Resolve To… Go Somewhere I’ve Never Been Before

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind by: Kate Ter Haar (CC)
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind by: Kate Ter Haar (CC)

While everyone else you know might be taking a Rome holiday—and then boring you stiff with all those pictures of pigeons, piazzas, and girls on scooters—you could be heading to a place few people ever visit. Where’s that, you ask? Well, think Lapland, Easter Island, or Tierra del Fuego. Bet you’ve never been there. If those places seem just a bit too far, go somewhere closer to home. Almost any place works, as long as you’ve never been there before!

I Resolve To… Travel Alone Once in My Life

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Travelling a Solitary Road by: Liam Moloney (CC)

Taking a solo trip to Amsterdam just may be the best thing you could do for yourself. It’s true, you could have the time of your life traveling alone. Far from being a lonely experience, solo trips let you experience the people and places you encounter in your own manner, unspoiled by someone else’s expectation or prejudices. Plus, being on your own often makes you more approachable to locals, upping your chances for spontaneous, meaningful interaction. And what could be better than that? Do yourself a favor and set off on your own at least once in your life for an experience guaranteed to make you a better traveler—and maybe even a better person.

I Resolve To… Learn a Foreign Language

Dictionaries by: Tim Green (CC)
Dictionaries by: Tim Green (CC)

Too tough? No, it really isn’t. Remember, you don’t have to speak fluent Russian to enjoy an unforgettable tour of Moscow. Don’t let the language barrier spoil your experience. Learn ten or twenty words and phrases before you go, and try to pick up five new expressions each day you’re there. Write simple but helpful words like “hello” and “thank you” in a small notebook, which you can also use to record your impressions. For the more complicated stuff, use a translation app on your phone or tablet. No matter if your accent isn’t perfect: the extra effort you make will almost certainly endear you to the locals.

I Resolve To… Take Local Transportation

Travelling by: Max Noisa (CC)
Travelling by: Max Noisa (CC)

You may be thinking there’s really no sense in sightseeing in Paris using the city’s metro system. Subways are great at moving people around, but they don’t exactly lend themselves to seeing a lot of interesting stuff above ground. Despite this, using local transport provides a unique window into how the natives live on a day-to-day basis. Remember, a city is much more than a collection of museums, shops, and restaurants. The real reward of visiting a new place is meeting its people and discovering how they travel to work, school, or the nearest park. And sometimes the transportation is an attraction in itself, from Moscow’s underground stations to Vietnam’s rickshaws.

Resolve to… Just Go!

Let’s face it: none of these New Year’s travel resolutions will make any difference if you don’t make the most important decision of all. It’s simple, really, you just have to decide to go. Make traveling anywhere your top resolution for 2016, and get the most out of your journey by using Inspirock’s free trip planner.

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