travel resolution list: couple and penguins in antarctica
Seeing Antarctica is a trip of a lifetime – why not go in the coming year?

The dawn of a new year is a natural time to plan what you want to do with the next 12 months. Creating your New Year’s travel resolution list is the perfect way to start dreaming about where and how you want to wander in the coming year.

Here are 10 thoughts to consider as you’re brainstorming vacation ideas:

    • Check off a trip of a lifetime. You probably have at least one far-flung destination on your ultimate bucket list. Places like South Africa, Australia and Antarctica. And you probably think each year, “I’ll get there eventually – it’s a big trip.” Make this the year that you finally check at least one off your travel resolution list.
    • Take more trips. If time and money are issues, vow to take more weekend getaways. Travel can make you happier, healthier, more creative, more relaxed and more successful on the job. You’ll still benefit whether you’re gone for two days or two months.
    • Attend one of the world’s best festivals or cultural happenings. You’ll get two benefits: visiting a different place and indulging an interest of yours. For example, if going to an Olympics has always been on your list, this year’s a great time to do it. Head for scenic Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Games.
    • Take a photography class to improve your travel images and videos. Take fewer but better photos. Once you get home, learn to edit and organize your pictures. Extra-credit resolution: do something with them beyond storing them on your device or computer. Maybe a photo book as a souvenir for you and your travel companions?
    • Visit family and friends. You’ve probably been vowing to forever. Make this the year it actually happens. Travel isn’t just about the places you see. It’s about the people you spend time with on your journeys, too.
travel resolution list: scenic view of Rio de Janeiro
Make this the year you take in a major world festival or event, like the Olympics in Rio
  • Have an experience instead of just sightseeing. Participate in an activity like making your own wine in France, fly fishing in New Zealand or a surfing lesson in Hawaii. Seeking authentic experiences is one of the top factors inspiring people to travel.
  • Slow down and savor each moment while traveling. Live in the present and focus on the little details you’re experiencing right in the moment. The color of the tropical water, the smell of the flowers, the taste of the local specialties. Don’t speed through destinations but have a richer, more memorable experience in the ones you visit.
  • Find a destination you love so much that you add it to your repeat travel resolution list. It could be an old favorite or a new discovery. Perhaps you want to go every year, or just every decade. Regardless, you’ll create a new travel tradition for yourself, friends and family.
  • Go somewhere on your own. It may seem intimidating. But traveling alone is a great life skill and confidence booster. You’ll push your boundaries, meet new people and do whatever you really want. If you’ve never taken a trip on your own, make this the year you do. Even if it’s just a short overnight jaunt.
  • Work with an advisor. A Monograms study found stress during a trip can eliminate the positive boost people receive from travel. Planning your trip with an advisor can go a long way to reducing that stress. Learn more about the many other benefits of partnering with a Virtuoso travel advisor.

Want more inspiration for your New Year’s planning? Take a look at a previous travel resolution list for a variety of ideas:

10 Creative Ideas for New Year’s Travel Resolutions

11 Ideas for Your Travel Resolutions List

12 Ideas to Create Your Travel Bucket List for 2013

What’s on your travel resolution list for 2016? Inspire others and share your thoughts.