Like everyone, I make New Year’s Resolutions EVERY year. Although I make these resolutions, do I actually follow through? My answer, most of the time, is unfortunately no. But I promise, I really do try!
Like so many people around the world, I resolve myself to thinking about positive changes that I can make in the new year. I even dream about them. I ponder them in my head for at least a few weeks. I take them very seriously!
And then, one day, I just don’t think about my resolutions anymore. Either I have dealt with them successfully or I have simply forgotten them. Until next year! Then I start the cycle all over again…
But this year; this very year; I am determined to follow through with my resolutions. Yep! I really am! But how? How do I make good resolutions, stick to them, and make my life better? This year, I merely make my resolutions about travel!
I first resolve to simply plan ahead. Seems easy enough. So, I will take out my calendar and think about what I want to do this year. The places that I want to visit. The things that I want to see. That will entail more than just looking at a calendar though.
If I am going to take a trip somewhere, I need to start thinking about the dates of travel and the mode of travel. I may need to do some research into these things too. I may also want to look at different hotels, different areas of town, campgrounds, etc. I resolve to do research on the places I plan to visit.
After my research, I may need to make reservations. If so, what kind of reservations? If it requires flight arrangements, then I will put on my calendar when I need to start looking at flights. I will do the same thing for hotel reservations and perhaps rental car reservations too. I resolve to make these reservations well ahead of time.
Are any of the trips that I plan to take this year out of the country? It is really important to think about such things. Going out of the country requires a passport, at the very least. So, I resolve to make sure that my passport is up to date. Incidentally, my passport expires this summer. So, I will be renewing mine within the next few months.
What about resolving to setting a budget for travel this year? That seems pretty important too. We all need to be realistic as far as what we can afford to do. I would love to travel a lot more and stay in the best hotels out there. But, my budget doesn’t allow that.
So I need to look at what traveling I realistically want and can do this year. Then I need to decide how much money I can reasonably spend on the trip and try my best to stick to that amount. So, I resolve to set a budget for travel and stick to it.
Well, I think I have some resolutions this year that I may be able to accomplish. None of my resolutions are hard. They just require some simple thought, prior planning and a little effort. Here is a summary of my resolutions:
- Resolve to plan ahead.
- Resolve to do research.
- Resolve to make reservations ahead of time.
- Resolve to keep my passport up to date.
- Resolve to set a budget and stick to it.
With these simple resolutions in hand, let’s get out there and plan some trips for the year! Where will you go?