Want some inspiration for crafting your 2014 travel resolutions? Here’s a checklist that should spark creative ideas for your vacations and travel experiences in the coming year.travel resolutions: active vacation

  • Experiment outside your comfort zone. Always go to Europe every year? Try Asia or South America instead. Think you’re not a cruise person? Try a short one – you may be pleasantly surprised.
  • Consider different vacation styles. Maybe you’re in relaxing beach mode in the winter but want an educational experience in the summer and an active adventure come fall.
  • Deepen a friendship through travel. How long has it been since you’ve gone away with your college roommate, or been vowing to take a trip with your favorite cousin? Share an experience with those close to you in 2014.
  • Take that vacation time you’ve worked hard to earn. Americans in particular leave some of that precious time on the table: They earn about 12 days a year and forgo two of them. If you have trouble getting away from the office, pick a traditionally slow time of year and book well in advance to commit to it.travel resolutions: relaxing vacation
  • Learn a few words in the language of your destination. Staples such as “please,” “thank you,” “hello,” and “goodbye” are always a good idea. Don’t forget useful phrases such as “where is the bathroom” and “a glass of red wine, please.”
  • Combine a travel resolution with a health resolution. Select a spa resort or active vacation that will help you relax, shape up or burn calories.
  • Go cold turkey on technology. Head for a remote destination where you can disconnect from your smart phone and iPad. And even if it’s not remote, pretend it is – and unplug to immerse yourself in your trip.
  • Be friendly. Say hi to the people at the table beside you over lunch, or ask the couple on your city walking tour how they’re enjoying the trip. You may end up having a fun conversation – or even find new friends and possible future travel companions.travel resolutions: social media
  • Add something to your bucket list. Typically we focus on crossing items off. What about discovering a new region or activity in 2014, and adding a similar experience to your 2015 travel resolutions list?
  • Share your experiences with friends and family. Social media is ideal for posting photos and recounting highlights. You may inspire them to visit the same destination – or relive memories of past travels.
  • Show this travel resolutions list to your travel advisor so they can design vacations tailored to your preferences. Don’t have an advisor? Find one that’s right for you at www.virtuoso.com.