A Goal For This Year: Travel Different

A Goal For This Year: Travel Different

It’s a new year, and people everywhere are beginning to make grand travel plans. It’s an exciting time, one that helps beat those awkward January blues. While we’re in this planning stage, let’s think about how we travel. With visiting new destinations easier than ever before, many of us fall back on the old tried and tested holiday routine: flying, checking in, and sitting on the beach. This year, let’s do things a little bit differently. Below, you’ll find a few ideas that’ll be sure to keep travel fresh and interesting, all the while making it a year to remember!

If You’ve Been There Before, It’s Out

OK, first thing’s first: there’s going to be no “do-overs.” If you’ve already visited a destination, then scratch it off the potential holiday list. It’s always nice to revisit a place that you already have fond memories of, but it’s just a fact of life that returning to the same place over and over won’t lead to any personal growth. Vow to stick to all new places: you might just find that there’s a whole world out there you’ve been avoiding just because you can’t tear yourself away from your favourite destinations.  

Off the Map Destinations

Have a conversation with your friends, family member, and work colleagues about where they’re planning on visiting this year, and you’ll quickly see a pattern forming: everyone goes to the same places! This year, be different and choose a destination that’s off the beaten path. The world is a big and beautiful place, full of colour and wonderful people, after all. Instead of booking a cheap holiday within Europe, take a look at escorted tours to China and other places in Asia. You’ll be able to experience a side of the world that few other people that you know get to experience, and you’ll definitely have lived up to your vow to “travel different” this year!

In Nature

It is, admittedly, much easier to book a trip to a city than it is to spend some time out in the outdoors. But before you hit ‘buy’ on those flights to New York, let’s have another thing about nature. There are plenty of benefits to going on an outdoors holiday. You’ll be getting fitter and happier; you’ll have opportunities to do things that you just can’t do in cities, and you’ll have a more relaxing time. Before you think about spending another week rolling around museums, take a look at some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, and imagine staying there, in a cabin, with your loved ones. It might just convince you that it’s the way to go this year!

A Goal For This Year: Travel Different

Closer to Home

Talking about having different types of travel experience, how about…barely travelling at all? You might think your home area is the most boring place on earth, but chances are you just haven’t explored enough of it. No matter where you live, there will be places nearby that will interest and delight. It might not sound as exciting as jetting off across the globe, but you’ll still have fun, and will also be getting to know your home area that little bit better at the same time.

New Experiences

There are many ways to travel. Indeed, if you can dream it, then you can do it. Instead of opting for the traditional holiday, why not take a look at having a completely new experience? You could go on a multi-day hiking trip, staying in tents along the way, or you can look at the many active holidays available, such as biking or skiing.

By Land or Sea

When you think of travel, you probably conjure up images of airports and aeroplanes, security lines and little bags of peanuts. But people have been travelling for thousands of years, and planes are a modern invention. So why not ditch the plane? You can have just as much – if not more – fun by travelling via car, train, or ship. And moving from one place to another this way will also have another advantage: you get to see the land that you’re passing, not just pass over it as you would if you were in an aeroplane.

Out of the Comfort Zone

Ultimately, there are many ways you could approach your commitment to travelling differently this year. The golden rule, it seems, should be to step outside of your comfort zone and do something that you’ve never done before. If you do, you’ll look back on this year as one that is full of awesome memories!

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  • I love these ideas, especially staying close to home and going somewhere you haven’t before, after all there is so much to see in any country we sometimes forget to see places closer to home.

  • Rebecca U

    my children love to be out in nature, so we are usually looking for something outdoors rather than a city break. Though I wouldn’t say no to NYC 😉

  • Asha Carlos

    This is interesting..different types of travels, we need to sit down and follow your quide for our next visit to make it even more interesting and fun

  • Sometimes trips that are closer to home can be the most exciting as they are full of surprises! I also like the idea of having a holiday in nature too x

  • Some great ideas here – I’d love to go on a trip to China with the kids. I can’t wait for this year of travel 🙂

  • I do agree with trying new destinations, I think you should always aim to visit new places as often as possible x

  • Melanie

    I love UK places closer to home – The lake district and peak district are my favs x

  • Amy Deverson

    I love this post. This year my boyfriend and I are trying to travel closer to home as there are so many beautiful places that we don’t visit simply because they are ‘too close’! x

  • KGR

    I think the idea of visiting closer to home would be great for us as my daughter is still under 1 years old so a holiday abroad would be wasted at this age. Plus I have the Peak District right up the road from me and yet I’ve never been.

  • Mellissa Williams

    This sounds like a fantastic goal. I want to try something different with my travel this year

  • Baby Isabella

    We love reading about other peoples travel plans and its definitely worth pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and doing something off the beaten track – even as a family!

  • Aimee Bradley

    This looks great, we have never done a Uk holiday so we’re doing that this year.

  • Katrina Downie

    I’ve done uk and abroad and I must say to me me there really is no place like home I feel more comfortable in the UK

  • I would love to try something different this year, such as a skiing holiday! They look so much fun!

  • Sarah Ann

    This year, I’m heading to Colorado which is a destination I’d never have thought of – I’m so excited!

  • Michelle Murray

    I was saying to my husband that when we plan a trip we usually go to the same place. This year I definitely want to try something new.

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Our aim this year is to travel closer to home too. There is just so much to see.