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The Best New Year’s Resolutions for Travelers

Most of us make New Year’s Resolutions, but how many of us keep them?

Let’s be honest, giving up sugar, finally committing to a three-day-a-week indoor cycling schedule or quitting caffeine is kind of a bummer. Why not make 2018 the year you resolve to do something that’s actually fun! There are so many ways to incorporate more travel into your new year goals. Here’s a few of my favorites.

Use all your vacation days.

Here’s a staggering fact: Americans leave 658 million vacation days unused each year. We need a change. We’re suffering from burnout. We’re prioritizing hours worked over productivity. We’re putting our family, friends and ourselves last. That’s not fun, nor is it healthy! Make 2018 the year you enjoy your time off. And pssst! There is an easy way to ensure you use all your vacation days that really works!

Get a passport.

Only 36 percent of US citizens hold a valid passport. This year, get yours! And then why not take it a step farther and plan an international trip?


Get Global Entry.

For someone who travels as much as me, TSA Pre-check is a game changer. You get your own line! You can keep your shoes on! The laptop and liquids can stay in your bag. Light jacket and belt stays on! However, if you plan on ever traveling abroad, I’d skip the TSA-pre-check and go straight to Global Entry. It’s $15 more, you apply, sign up for an interview and now you have both TSA pre-check privileges as well as Global Entry, which allows you to pass by long immigration lines EVERY TIME you come home. It’ fabulous.

Plan that trip you’ve been dreaming of.

Have you been daydreaming of wandering the cobblestone streets of Italy for years and years… and years and years? Well, there’s no time like the present! So plan that trip, and start doing it now! Did you know the psychologists say that just PLANNING a vacation puts you in the same happy zone as going on one? Planning gets you ever closer to your dream (and is free) and then you’ll have planned so much of your trip it will eventually happen. It’s “if you build it, they will come…” turned to “if you plan it, you will go”

If money is an issue, here’s seven tips for saving for your next trip.


Stop over-packing.

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How often do you stuff that suitcase full, only to end up wearing the same three things over and over again? Make 2018 the year you stop packing everything but the kitchen sink. Challenge yourself to only carry-on! PS Here are my best packing tips.

Use those miles!

Unless you have a long-term plan, why hoard your miles? Use ‘em! From deals on flights to hotels and rental cars, make your miles work for you instead of collecting proverbial dust.

Travel outside your comfort zone.

Do you visit the same resort every February? Do you only book cruises because they’re easy? Why not change it up? Pick your favorite port town and spend a week there. Rent a house in your usual place to get more of a feel for the local vibe. And if ease is important to you, work with a travel agent. They really make a difference when it comes to simplifying your trip, plus they can help you score great deals.

What’s your best travel-related New Year’s resolution? Share in the comments!

Why resolve to quit sugar or caffeine when there are so many ways to incorporate more travel into your new year resolutions? Here’s a few of my favorites.

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  1. I use travel to motivate my weight loss. Last year I resolved to lose 16 pounds before my summer vacation. This year I’ll go down another 5 which would be my lowest weight in 20 years. That’s my “packing less.”

  2. I use travel to motivate my weight loss. Last year I resolved to lose 16 pounds before my summer vacation. This year I’ll go down another 5 which would be my lowest weight in 20 years. That’s my “packing less.” Hello Scotland.

  3. I always lose weight when I travel because I avoid vehicles and walk most everywhere. I walked well over 600 miles on my three months European trip. 500 of that was in the last month there. It’s when I’m in the states that I gain weight. I’m going back to Europe in February for a few months!

  4. Love this! Resolutions I can keep. I’ve enjoyed watching your travel adventures since you started. Thank you for the all the fun!

  5. If only getting Global Entry were so easy! I have been conditionally approved, but the government shut down meant my planned interview didn’t pan out. Hopefully they’ll be back open when I arrive back from my next international trip so I can do it then.

  6. If I hadn’t traveled alone (when my traveling partner backed out at the last minute) I would never have met my husband, father of my four wonderful children. My Mexican husband and I have been married 50 years…. this year we didn’t get to celebrate yet!

  7. I want you to go to Mexicoo City. The most genuine Christmas city in the word. A little fro Posadas and Piñatas, a lot from Israel, Italy, Virgen de Guadalupe. High celebrations in a 600 year old Cathedral. Feliz Navidad 🎁 Dec 24, Feliz Año Nuevo. Y Dia de los Magos. January 6 when all Mexican children from Magical Towns wait for the Tres Reyes Magos. Hope to see you here! Let me know. I live in Los Angeles, Ca but will go with you to Mexico, City of Palaces!

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