Happy 2017, everyone!
I love the start of a new year, because it seems like the possibilities for renewing and improving ourselves are endless! Yes, I’m one of those people who traditionally make New Year’s Resolutions. This year I’m resolving to exercise every day and eat less sugar. Very, very vague resolutions, because what quantifies eating less sugar?!
But back to travel: you might be one of those many people who resolve to travel more! This week’s blog post is for you, Lady or Sir Travelmore: Four Tips to Help Keep Your Travel Resolutions.
#1 Resolve to Travel to a Specific Place
Like I said up there, one of my resolutions is to eat less sugar. I’m doing it with the hope of shedding a few pounds and becoming healthier overall. But I might not achieve those results because my resolution is too vague. Am I eating less sugar than I did in 2016? Am I eating less sugar each day than the previous one? Am I even measuring my sugar intake?!
Without these specifics I am much less likely to succeed. Don’t let a vague resolution keep your from traveling! One way you can make your goal more tangible is to pick a specific place. “I resolve to travel to Canada,” or “I resolve to visit Venice, Florence, and Rome.” There are an infinite number of destinations, so if you don’t focus in on one, your resolution to travel more will never come to fruition.
#2 Schedule Your Vacation Time Now
If you have this option, request your vacation time now! You might not be traveling until much, much later in the year, but this makes your travel goal all the more tangible. If you’ve already requested the vacation time off, you’ve already made a small commitment to yourself! Plus it adds another dimension: not only are you traveling to Canada this year, you’re traveling to Canada in June! (And once you have your vacation time approved, you’ll know the specific dates and your goal to travel more will be even more concrete!)
#3 Purchase Something for Your Trip
This can be a reusable water bottle to take with you or toiletries or a new camera, or anything really. But I find the best way to ensure you’re going to travel is to purchase a part of your trip. If you can’t afford everything all at once (like most people), purchase the plane ticket, or nights at a hotel, or a tour—anything that makes you commit that much more! (As a practical tip, I always advise purchasing the plane ticket first. You need to know that you’re able to get to and from your destination. But purchase at your discretion!) Also be sure to purchase travel insurance, just to make sure that if something comes up and you can’t actually travel to Canada in June, you’ll get your investments back!
#4 Contact Your Travel Agent
You’re always so shocked when one of my tips is to use a travel agent, I can tell. (Note the use of sarcasm.) Well not only will using a travel agent make your trip easier to research, book, and complete, but people who use travel agents are generally more likely to travel and generally take longer trips. Part of this is because you have a life outside of researching your trip. You have work, family, friends, hobbies—you don’t have time to essentially get a second job planning your trip. The average one-week trip to Europe takes over 40 hours to plan. Four zero. If I had an extra 40 hours in my life, I sure wouldn’t want to spend it comparing tours, flight times, and hotel reviews! (Well, maybe I would, but that’s why I made it my profession!)
A lot of trips fizzle out simply because the task of planning and booking is too overwhelming. But you don’t have to do it alone. (A little off topic: I also want to mention that I’ve been writing this blog post while on hold. Right now I’m in minute thirty-four. Is that how you really want to spend your free time—on hold?)
If you’re serious about your New Year’s Resolution to travel more, then you need to get a travel agent.
And what luck, you already know one!
Now get out there and go!