Every destination, trip, and trend in our magazines (Virtuoso Life and Virtuoso Traveler) is vetted by a staff of avid travelers and backed up with insight from expert advisors. But it’s a big world – so many places, so little time, and so many different ways to do it right. With a new year upon us, now’s the time to make travel resolutions.
Here are our team’s travel resolutions.
- Map out a two-year travel plan. My daughter has just two winter, spring, and summer breaks before she goes off to college, and I want to make the most of them.
Elaine Srnka, vice president, content
- Finally buy myself a high-quality carry-on suitcase.
- Learn enough Italian to have a (successful) conversation with my husband’s family when we visit them in Sardinia.
Amy Cassell, associate editor
- Find a way to organize and save thousands of travel photos and make photo books from every trip – instead of scrolling through an overwhelming number of phone photos to remember a trip.
- Explore NYC as much as possible. I recently took the new East River commuter ferry (it’s better than a pricey boat tour!) and fell in love with my home city all over again.
Annie Fitzsimmons, digital editor
- Learning Spanish is one of my annual goals. I used to take weekly language classes, but since my daughter was born, it’s been demoted to “improve my Spanish.”
- Explore a new country.
Justin Paul, senior editor
- Create a travel capsule wardrobe so I can stop wasting hours deciding what to pack.
Korena Bolding Sinnett, associate art director
- Visit Japan for the first time.
- Make a spontaneous weekend trip somewhere new.
Marika Cain, managing editor
- Take more active vacations with my family. My kids are at a great age to go on a biking trip through Italy.
Melanie Fowler, design director
- Cross a California road trip off my bucket list.
- Figure out how to comfortably sleep on a plane.
Rebecca Ratterman, assistant editor
- Make a five-year travel plan. My husband and I are in the blissful place between getting married and having kids and we want to make the most of it! We recently sat down and individually ranked the top 10 places we each want to travel. Now we need to plan out when to go where based on what’s most important to both of us.
- Visit more local destinations – I’ve lived in the Seattle area my whole life and there’s a handful of places well within driving distance that I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never been to. I need to take some long weekends and hop in the car (or on a ferry) to explore my own backyard a little more.
Katelyn Salud, user experience researcher & designer
- I want to take my friend who has never been out of the U.S. somewhere new to both of us – maybe Ecuador or Peru. Japan is on my bucket list, too. I also want to find a good quality carry-on bag as my current one is too heavy even when it’s empty!
Mary Toombs, graphic designer
- Leave my smart phone at home (OK: Or, at least, at times, back at my hotel) and remember what it’s like to stumble upon random finds, get “lost,” and be more in the moment while traveling, rather than feeling the need to document everything.
- Travel more with my family now that my children are out of diapers and can sit still on planes (hopefully) for at least 15 minutes.
- Finally travel through all 50 U.S. states. Only one more to go: Louisiana, see you soon.
Joel Centano, senior editor
Top photo: Getty Images/oatawa