The resolutions on travel fun

Whether you’re after a round-the-world adventure or short trips closer to home, this is the time to start planning. The new year marks the opportunity for a fresh start, and a chance to think about how and where you want to travel over the coming months. We’ve put together 10 travel resolutions to inspire you in 2017.

 

1. “I will make an effort to travel more sustainably”

The UN has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, encouraging “better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”. Join their mission by thinking about how you can travel more responsibly this year. Start small by gaining a better understanding of how travel affects the environment, or reconsider how you approach potentially harmful activities like elephant tourism.

 

2. “I will see more than the big sights”

Did you know that UNESCO preserve more than just famous monuments? Rather than ticking off a bucket-list of big sights this year, search out the highlights of the Intangible Cultural Heritage List, explore one of the world’s least-visited cities, or leave the tourist trail behind in these gloriously remote places.

3. “I will be confident in traveling my own way”

You’ll hear a lot of opinions about “right” and “wrong” ways to travel – and most of them should be ignored. The most important advice is to travel in a way that works for you. Solo travel can still be great if you’re an introvert; it’s OK to have fears about going somewhere new; and having young kids can actually be one of the best times to travel.

4. “I will go on an unforgettable journey”

Overland travel is one of the most rewarding experiences out there, whether that’s a hike that starts in your backyard, a weekend road-trip or a multi-country odyssey by bike, boat or train. Looking for ideas? These are a few of our favourite journeys across Southeast Asia, Africa and South America.