6 Actionable Travel Resolutions (for 2024)

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It’s that time of year again – time to make New Year’s resolutions!

As we head into the first week of January, you may be contemplating goals like losing weight, saving money, or finally tackling that home improvement project.

Instead of thinking about the most common resolutions, like how much weight to lose, I am taking a different path. This year, I choose to make actionable travel resolutions.

What is an Actionable Travel Resolution

Paris Opera House

At the beginning of each calendar year, people make resolutions to carry out good habits, change undesirable traits or behaviors, reach personal goals, or otherwise improve their conduct.

An “actionable travel resolution” is a resolution that includes specific steps you can take to achieve your travel goals. The key is to make your resolution detailed and concrete enough that you can follow through.

I normally don’t like making resolutions, it feels like a setup for failure. Sometimes, picking up a serious lifestyle change like getting into a good exercise program, decluttering the house, starting a book club, and updating my wardrobe to look runway ready (maybe not in that order) is too much.

However, I am finding that there are tons of ways to achieve these changes and with the right plan and attitude, one’s resolutions can be accomplished.   

Why Make a Resolution

The tradition of making annual resolutions has been around since the 17th century. It’s like resetting the clock for actions not carried out in the past.

With a new chance and new outlook, resolutions give us hope to make positive changes, reach another level of excellence, and obtain the things that we want for ourselves or others.

I’ve reflected on my adventures in the last year and decided to make a few new travel resolutions that are meaningful, rewarding, and easy to stick with.

View my list for resolution ideas this year and every year to come.

How to Make Resolutions Stick

Here are some tips for keeping your resolutions.

  • Choose goals that are meaningful for you. Do commit to doing something that you are not passionate about.
  • Start small – Don’t try to overhaul your entire life at once. Focus on one or two specific goals so you don’t get overwhelmed.
  • Break it down – Break your resolution down into smaller, manageable steps that you can gradually tackle.
  • Tell friends and family – Share your resolutions with people close to you. They can help support and motivate you along the way.
  • Track your progress – Keep a journal or log to monitor your progress. Tracking can help you see your successes and identify problem areas.
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  • Reward yourself – Celebrate the positive steps that you take. Treat yourself to your favorite movie or something small to help you stay motivated.
  • Get an accountability partner – Find someone who will check in on your progress and keep you honest. A partner makes you answerable.
  • Don’t beat yourself up – Perfection is impossible. If you slip up, don’t give up. It’s best to get back on track and keep it moving.
  • Be patient – Lasting change doesn’t happen overnight. I read that it takes about 30 days to develop a new habit. Be consistent over time and change will become second nature.
  • Remember the why – Transform resolutions into daily habits for sustainable change.
  • Use apps and tools – Depending on your resolutions, you can take advantage of technology like fitness trackers or budgeting apps. There are even apps to help you keep track of water intake.
  • Review and adjust – Check in on your resolution periodically and tweak it as needed.

The key is turning your resolution into a habit you can maintain all year long.

Stay focused on your goal and be flexible. With commitment, you can get to the finish line.

Actionable Travel Resolutions

woman waking on bridge in central park

Learn a Foreign Language

There are lots of ways to pick up a language that won’t cost a dime. Apps like DuoLingo allow you to learn very basic sentences.

You can spend about 15 minutes per day learning a new way to say, “Thank you”, “Hello”, or “Good Morning”. And when you travel to the countries of native speakers, they appreciate the effort of conversing in their mother tongue.

Take a Cooking Class

Here is a travel resolution that doesn’t require snaking through the TSA line and praying you don’t end up sitting in the middle seat! You can explore your hometown for a class where you can cook with a chef.

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Wear the Nice Clothes

I love being in comfort as much as the next person. When traveling, you’ll find me wearing jeans, a T-shirt, and sneakers (most of the time). And sure, it makes me stand out like “an American tourist”.  

On a recent trip, I packed a nice “just-in-case” dress thinking it would never be worn. I wore it with a pair of espadrilles. And you know what? I felt confident, graceful, elegant, and unstoppable! Believe me. When choosing what to wear, pick some nice clothes!  

Embrace Sustainable Travel

I will never forget a family trip to Canada and staying at a hotel that had a waste can for everything. That was my first introduction to sustainable travel and being mindful of the carbon footprint.

It wasn’t long after that I started choosing eco-friendly transportation, and now I have completely eliminated car rentals from travel expenses for almost 8 years.

Making a commitment to travel more sustainably has been a slow and evolving process. My resolution is now to work on choosing more environmentally conscious accommodations, and supporting local businesses that prioritize sustainability.

Walk More

Seeing a city on foot allows you to get a true sense of what it’s like to be like a native in town. The passage from block to block is slow and deliberate.

You will see things that would have been missed if you had toured by bus or car.  

Explore a neighborhood, take a stroll through the park, peek inside a local store, stop at the corner cafe and enjoy the slow pace of discovering new things. 

Adding long walks to your travel resolutions will help you slow down and be in the moment.

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Make New Friends

In trying times like what we’ve experienced in the last two years, friendships can make all the difference. The recent loss of celebrities and loved ones emphasizes that we need to check in on one another. 

Give flowers to please the senses, chocolates that melt in the mouth, and hugs so that people feel loved and cared for. Making new friendships throughout life keeps us connected.

It allows us to express ourselves in different ways to different people. Who knows? You may find another best friend…it’s ok to have more than one!

Final Thoughts on Travel Resolutions

Wow, I am already excited about traveling again! Before I forget, let me share some travel resources that you may find helpful.

I love resolutions that are worth making (and keeping). These are fun, doable, and much more realistic than trekking to the gym for three days every week.

The new year offers a fresh start and chance to improve our lives. With the right strategy, we can make 2024 our best year yet. By following the advice in this post, your resolutions will be clear, focused, and above all else – achievable through action. Let’s do this!

What are your resolutions? 

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  1. I love this post! I gave up resolutions years ago and just overall try to live a better life. Learning a new language is a great thing. I downloaded dualingo a couple of years ago (my grandson told me about it lol) so I could learn Spanish. Just for the record….I’ve never made a resolution to go to the gym. I knew I’d never stick to it.

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      Duolingo is a great app, Kelly. If you want to practice more with native speakers, I suggest HelloTalk or Tandem. They will correct your pronunciation and help you in ways beyond an app 🙂

  2. Linda (LD Holland) says:

    We normally don’t make New Years resolutions but try to make conscious changes as we go through a year. I had to smile at the “wear the good clothes”. I have far too many things saved for a special occasion and really should just enjoy them. And we are starting 2023 with a trip we have been putting off far too long. One thing we want to do more of.

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      Until recently, I had been terrible at wearing nice attire. But this is a new year, new me… LOL!! Safe travels 🙂