5 Ways Travel Can Lead to a More Meaningful Life: 2018 Travel Resolutions
GoGo Travel, in the spirit of the New Year, is offering five 2018 Travel Resolutions, ways travel can lead to a more meaningful life. The United Nations World Tourism Organization reports that more than one billion tourists cross international borders each year. Travel creates and fosters greater appreciation of other countries and cultures, and makes one realize they are part of a larger global community.
Here are 5 Travel Resolutions that can help you create a 2018 rich in travel experiences.
1. Travel More
Travelers report that the very act of visiting somewhere new makes them happier, healthier, more creative, more relaxed and more successful at work.
There are many incredible benefits of traveling including:
- Improved Communication Skills
- Creates Peace of Mind
- Boosts Creativity
- Broaden Horizons
- Creates Tolerance
- Boosts Confidence
- Provides Real Life Educational Experiences
- Creates Memories for a Lifetime
- Helps You Get to Know Yourself
- Have FUN, Incredible, Irreplaceable Experiences
Look for a new blog post, coming soon, detailing all the benefits of travel.
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Use Your Vacation Time
Many people leave at least some of their hard-earned vacation time on the table. To escape the office, pick a slow time of year for your industry and book well in advance to commit. Commit to travel. If time and money are issues, even weekend getaways may satisfy your wanderlust. Contact a Travel Consultant for destination recommendations.
2. Participate in Voluntourism
‘Voluntourism’ is gaining popularity as people welcome the chance to do good, learn and travel at the same time. Voluntourism is a similar experience to volunteer travel or a volunteer vacation and many people find that doing meaningful volunteer work while also participating in tourism is a great way to get the best of both worlds.
When they are abroad, most of our volunteers live with local host families. So in addition to the worthwhile work you do at your project, you will also experience a depth of cultural immersion and exchange which is impossible for typical tourists. When you choose to join a voluntourism program, you are also joining a global network of volunteers who are living and working with diverse cultures on projects that have a positive impact.
In a year plagued by natural disasters, opportunities exist to help in many popular travel destinations. For example, Grace Bay Club in the Turks & Caicos Islands can arrange for guests to help with local recovery efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Check out a variety of volunteer travel experiences at Projects-Abroad.org or Contact a Travel Consultant for more opportunities.
3. Reach a Personal Goal
Travel comes with a built-in education and the ability to learn at every turn. Incorporate your personal goals into travel experiences.
Here are some great ideas to get you started:
- Learn a new skill: Food and wine travel is a top trend, so try mastering Italian cooking in Tuscany.
- Improve your communication skills: Dust off your high-school French in Paris or learn a new language. Learn the cultural and social etiquette for communication in your destination.
- Hone your photography talents: Increase your photo skills while capturing memories of your adventure. Try out a photo journalistic style of documenting your trip or focus on capturing the essence of the culture through your photography.
- Combine travel with an improved fitness resolution: If your style is yoga, meditation and massages in a Zen-like setting, visit a wellness resort for relaxation and rejuvenation. If you prefer a high level of activity, plan an adventure to help you shape up or burn calories.
- Conquer a Fear: The beauty of travel is that it can push travelers beyond their comfort zones. From the more adventurous, such as swimming with sharks in Mexico or skydiving in New Zealand, to something less extreme like traveling solo or voyaging to an off-the-beaten path destination, the options are endless for broadening horizons.
4. Sustainable Travel
Discover how to make a difference as a sustainable traveler and put your knowledge into practice. Participate in a project to improve the environment or help sustain local culture.
In addition to the golden ‘Leave No Trace’ rule here are some simple ways you can protect the environment and culture of a destination while traveling.
- Give the right way: Avoid bringing clothing and gifts or giving to locals soliciting tourists for handouts. It is better to give—be it money or goods—to reputable local organizations that work on social welfare programs, or to international groups that partner with them.
- Support the REAL economy: Locally made crafts and souvenirs are not always cheaper, but purchasing them ensures your contribution to the economy will have a more direct and positive impact.
- Join the ‘Slow Travel’ movement: Become part of the emerging “slow travel” trend by going to fewer places and spending more time in each. Train travel is a good way to do this. Not only will you experience a deeper sense of place, you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint.
- Research your tour operators: When seeking the services of a tour operator for a guided excursion, do your research first. Go local if you can or Contact a Travel Consultant for recommendations. National Geo suggests to ask tour operators and guides these three questions:
- What are some of your tour company’s environmentally friendly practices?
- Can you give me an example of how your trips help to protect and support wildlife or cultural heritage?
- Do you employ local guides on your trips?
- Visit a disappearing destination: Countless places around the world might not be here in 50 years. From the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to Glacier National Park in Montana. On my bucket list are the Seychelles and Maldives. There are several protected natural areas that are expected to disappear, crumble, or shrink significantly in the coming decades. This is the perfect excuse to start knocking off threatened areas on your list, and to maybe consider advocating on behalf of the preservation of those areas.
- Learn how to be a sustainable traveler: with a free course at SustainableTravel.org.
5. Deepen a Relationship
Travel brings people together and strengthens relationships through shared experiences. Consider traveling with those beyond immediate family such as a college roommate or favorite cousin. Spending quality time together deepens existing bonds and creates a lifetime of memories.
Amazing things that happen when you travel with a partner:
- Get to know each other better: Spending 24-7 with anybody will reveal many new things you did not previously know about each other.
- Increased patience: It’s all about your reaction to situations which come up while traveling. You create your own experience so it is important to maintain a level of patience to situations and fellow travelers. You will return home with increased patience.
- Ability to compromise: Travel dynamics can be tricky in a couple or group. Compromise is essential. Your ability to compromise and negotiate will be increased.
- Bonding: Human beings primarily bond by being put in situations wherein they have to trust one another. Traveling does this constantly.
How to Make Your Travel Resolutions Reality
Inspired to travel in 2018? Here are five simple steps to turn you travel resolutions into reality.
- Turn your excuses into tasks: The first step that you need to take in order to achieve your travel goals is to identify the excuses that you’re making, and then transform those excuses into tasks.
- Work through limiting beliefs about travel: The second step is to break down any limiting beliefs and replace them with more accurate ways of thinking.
- Set a specific, measurable goal: The third step is to establish your travel goals. Get methodical. Use SMART Goals. Make your goal Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
- Obsess over your goal: The fourth step is to preoccupy yourself with your resolution. Obsession can be good! Freely obsess over your goal and destination. It will:
- Make your goal or idea more ‘real’
- Direct your mind to find ways to achieve your goal
- Increase enthusiasm
- Take action to achieve your goal: The final step to get on your way is to take the first step. Break your goal down into smaller tasks and get started immediately. Research your destination, find your travel partner, and Contact a Travel Consultant for recommendations and pricing.
Keep your eye out for a new blog post detailing How To Meet Your Travel Goals with more details, coming soon!
These are just a few suggestions but there are many ways travel can lead to a more meaningful and enriching life. At GoGo Travel we want travel to change you in ways you never imagined. If you want to learn, grow, and completely discover yourself through travel we encourage you to make 2018 the year. Create your travel experiences not an escape from life, vacation, cruise, or all-inclusive resort but aim to learn, grow, and transform by surrendering yourself to a new cultural and awakened experience.
Sincerely wishing you the very best for 2018.
Please Contact GoGo Travel and let us know your 2018 Travel Resolutions. We would love to assist you in making the very most of your travel experiences.
–Amanda Dyer and the GoGo Travel Team
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