2016 Travel New Year’s Resolutions
1. Save money for trips by putting a penny away a day
Did you know that if you save a penny every day then by day 365 you will have £667.95? All you have to do is start with 1p on day one, put away 2p on day 2, 3p on day 3 and so on. Think about what you could do with that money and it won’t feel like you’re having to scrimp and save!
2. Check your passport expiry date now
Checking your passport expiry date early on in the year means you’ll have plenty of time to get a replacement if you need one. If there’s less than 9 months remaining you will get credit for unspent time. If you try to travel with less than 6 months left on your passport, you might have problems getting into certain countries like Egypt and Turkey.
3. Read before you go
Take inspiration from travel writers and get to know a place before you choose to go there. You’ll have more to see and do if you already know something about your destination.
4. Try somewhere new rather than sticking to your old favourite
Botswana is the lonely planet’s number 1 place to visit in 2016 and Conde Nast Traveller has dubbed Zanzibar the new Mauritius. Leaving your comfort zone doesn’t necessarily mean you have to travel further and spend more money, do your research and look at a range of places you’ve never considered and you might find a new favourite!
5. Travel more
Make an effort to see the places you want to see. Don’t automatically think you don’t have the time or the money, make time and save money where you can.
Not everyone can afford more than one holiday a year but you can explore a new city, simply by getting on a train. Micro-adventures in between your proper holidays can be the perfect way to get away from daily life and discover something new.
6. Eat like a local and engage with locals
Wherever you end up travelling to in 2016, be adventurous and immerse yourself in the culture. Travelling to a different country means you get to experience new things so why not indulge in them? Try local food even if it’s something you’ve never heard of, pick up a bit of the local language and have a chat with the locals. It will add to your experience that bit more!
7. Travel solo
Solo travel can be an enriching and confidence building experience. From enjoying some ‘you’ time, to meeting new people you wouldn’t normally speak to and doing exactly what you want to do on your trip, travelling solo is becoming more and more popular. You can read more about solo travel in this blog post we wrote on it here.
8. Don’t let your medical condition hold you back
If you have a medical condition or disability, travelling to the destinations you’ve always wanted to go to can seem daunting. You might worry about accessibility or being unable to get adequate travel insurance to cover you for your trip but there are still ways you can travel. Need some inspiration? Take a look at our blog post on the top ten disability travel bloggers who travel the world regardless of their disabilities. In terms of getting adequate insurance, you can read our guide to medical travel insurance here.
9. Travel light
If you can fit all your travel essentials in a hand luggage case then it really is worth doing over taking hold luggage. The size of bag most airlines allow for hand luggage is much bigger than it used to be, plus you will save money by leaving your larger case at home. The airport can be a stressful and busy place and no one wants to be lugging around big bags if it’s not necessary. You can read our guide to packing if you’re only taking hand luggage here.
10. Write it down
Keep your travel memories somewhere safe, by the time you’re home from your travels, it’ll feel like you never went! Write them down in a diary or set up a blog online so you can re-live your memories when you’re back in the rainy UK!
Do you have any other travel resolutions for 2016? Let us know in the comments below!