Last January I wrote a post about my travel, blogging, & personal goals. In it, I mentioned that I’m not usually one to make New Years Resolutions (despite the glaring contradiction). I was set on NOT posting anything like that this year, but naturally I found myself thinking a lot about 2018 travel plans.
Ever since I returned from New Zealand last year, I’ve been trying to find a way to balance my life of travel with my life of everything else. I keep coming back to one question:
How do I want to travel?
And by that I don’t mean what mode of transportation do I take or where will the money come from. I mean: what do I want travel to look like for me? How can I travel in a way that feels good and fulfilling?
All of this has brought me to a few travel resolutions for 2018.
My travel resolutions are not destination goals or things that can be checked off a bucket list. I’ve chosen words that inspire a deeper connection to the places I visit, the things I do, the people I meet, and overall, HOW I travel.
These resolutions are meant to guide me in my travels this year (and in the future). Perhaps my travel resolutions for 2018 can inspire the way you travel too.
Travel Resolution #1: Travel Responsibly
Responsible travel has become a key trend in the modern travel industry. And in the year of 2018, we should ALL strive to travel more responsibly everywhere we go. It’s important to remember how our actions can impact the local environment and community when we visit new places. While tourism has the power to impact a place positively, if we’re not careful, it can also have negative side effects. Most of us travel out of curiosity about other countries and cultures, so make sure you’re doing your part to bring only good.
Here are a few things you can do to travel more responsibly:
- Take care of the earth and local environment
- Reduce and offset your carbon footprint
- Know where your money is going & support local businesses
- Don’t engage in animal tourism
Travel Resolution #2: Travel Mindfully
Technology and social media have a stronghold on our brains these days. These things are not inherently bad, but I think a lot of us have trouble with moderation, especially while traveling. We’re so eager to share our travels with others in real time that we often forget to detach from our phones. I know I’m guilty of this–I am a travel blogger, after all. Even without the distraction of technology, it can be easy for your travels to become one big blur. When we’re constantly thinking about the next thing we’re going to do or the next place we want to go, we lose the pure joy of the moment.
Here are some ways to travel more mindfully:
- Be fully present while traveling
- Connect with the people around you instead of the people on your phone
- Designate some technology-free time every single day
- Reflect on your experiences as you go
Travel Resolution #3: Travel Adventurously
The whole point of traveling is to go on an adventures and experience new things, right? Humans are curious beings. We want to discover and uncover. We want to learn about the world that we live in. However, we all have fears, and too often we let our fears take over our entire lives. When we let fear guide our travels, we end up with a boring, run-of-the-mill trip. Where’s the fun in that? I personally get pulled into routines while traveling sometimes, and I want to push myself to keep opening myself up to the world in new ways.
Here are a few things you can do to travel more adventurously:
- Say YES to new opportunities and experiences
- Open yourself up to the people you meet
- Go where YOU want to go instead of following travel trends
- Face your fears and do something that scares you
Travel Resolution #4: Travel Graciously
While we don’t all travel luxuriously, traveling of your own free will is always a privilege. Not everyone is able to travel, whether because of financial, health, or political issues. It’s a special thing that us travelers are lucky to do. Just please recognize that privilege. It’s important to remember what we’re doing, and it’s important to remain grateful and gracious as we explore the world. And I only hope that we’re all bring respect and etiquette with us around the globe.
Here are some things you can do to travel more graciously:
- Recognize your privilege as a traveler
- Remain humble in your travels
- Be courteous to everyone you meet & respect local etiquette
- Be thankful that you have the opportunity to travel
Travel Resolution #5: Travel Purposefully
I’d be willing to travel to just about anywhere–because why not? However, I’ve realized that traveling for the sake of traveling is no longer fulfilling for me. I don’t want to wonder why I ended up where I am, as if I had no say in it. A lot of travelers are free-spirited beings who will happily wander just because. There’s nothing wrong with that, but that’s not enough for me. I want to travel with purpose. I want to have a reason to go and a reason to come back. Consider why you’re traveling in the first place.
Here are a few ways to travel more purposefully:
- Set intentions before you go
- Create an overarching goal for each destination you visit
- Reflect on your travels in a journal
- Understand your why–WHY do you travel?
What are your travel resolutions for 2018? Share them down below!