According to a 2014 study written by the University of Scranton, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75 percent of Americans keep their New Year’s resolution for a week. That percentage significantly decreases with time, with only 46 percent keeping their resolution after six months. If you’ve put traveling on your New Year’s resolution list, here’s how to make your resolution a reality:
Set a realistic goal.
If you’re a novice at travelling, start small. Think about a weekend getaway or a location in your home state. A great trip doesn’t have to be about an over-the-top experience, so you don’t have to create the trip of a lifetime the first time. Planning a trip is part of the trip, so if you need some help ask a trusted travel agent for advice. One of the biggest reasons people abandon their resolutions is getting overwhelmed. An agent can offer strategies to adjust your goals to keep them attainable.
Research your destination.
There have never been more resources to plan a trip. Grab a pen and a notepad (or your iPad) and get going to websites or the library. Talk to your friends and family. Listen to their travel adventures, ask some best practices and jot everything down. Keep your travel planning book with you so you can add ideas as you go. Reviewing your ideas is a great motivator to keep working toward your goal. Work with a travel agent to discover best kept secret places and activities, and then let them help you plan a trip that fits your needs perfectly.
Start preparing early.
Whether you are a planner or more of a free spirit, there will be decisions that need to be made and executed in advance of your trip. Here are just a few items:
- Set your budget and stick to it (this could be another New Year’s resolution.)
- If you need to take time off from work, make your request as early as possible.
- If you won’t be taking your kids, line up your best sitter now (and remember to get him or her a great souvenir!)
- If you are traveling outside of the country and need a passport, apply for it now. Visit the U.S. Passports & International Travel website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english.html
- Invest in a good suitcase and luggage tag (s).
- Learn your destination’s typical and expected weather. This might give you a good excuse to go shopping!
Happy New Year and happy traveling in 2015!