Travel your own way
Can’t find a travel buddy to accompany you on your dream trip? Go anyways, you’ll meet plenty of likeminded travelers along the way. While on tour, make use of all the resources available to customize your trip. Add extensions and excursions that inspire you, and ask your Tour Director to recommend free time activities that cater to your interests. Don’t be afraid to spend some time wandering on your own—sometimes the best way to experience a city is to get lost in it!—just make sure you keep your hotel address handy in case you need help getting back.
Use all your vacation days
This one is a no-brainer. You’ve earned a break, so why not take it? Throw out your excuses about not having enough time: removing yourself from the daily grind can actually help your productivity when you return. Even retirees and others with more relaxed schedules can benefit from taking a break to travel, too—nothing is as rejuvenating as stepping outside of your day-to-day.
Learn something new
When you’re in a whole new place, it’s almost difficult not to learn a few things here and there. This year, take your travels to the next level by resolving to pick up a few phrases in the local language, learn some fun historical facts or even cook some authentic cuisine. Your new skills will be souvenirs you’ll cherish forever.
Become a packing pro
Whether you’re a chronic under-packer, over-packer or just flat-out tend to bring all the wrong things, 2014 is the year to pack for success. For our tips on traveling light, packing a carry-on and more, check out our Go Pack board on Pinterest.
Start a travel fund for the future
Pick a place you’d love to see and start saving. Even an adventure that seems out of your league today, can be within your reach with proper planning. Whether you sock your money away in a high-interest saving account or just collect your spare change in a jar on your kitchen counter, putting away a little bit here and there will really add up. Hang a picture of your dream destination somewhere that will inspire you every day.
What is your travel resolution for 2014? Tell us in the comments!