New Year's is the perfect time to make a travel resolution.
The custom of making New Year's resolutions dates back 4,000 years ago, when ancient Babylonians often resolved to return loaned farm equipment. Today, New Year's resolutions usually focus on self-improvement or performing an activity that benefits the person making the resolution.
As people celebrate the New Year, they reflect on the past year and many want to give themselves an activity to anticipate in the upcoming one. Travel resolutions fulfill that goal. Even frequent travelers can make resolutions that will help enhance their vacations
Take a Vacation
In today's world, it never seems to be the right time to take a vacation. Additionally, the Internet, laptop and cell phones make workers accessible virtually anywhere. Nevertheless, when employers and coworkers know you are vacationing, they are less likely to bother you.
Research the destinations you want to visit and find one that you can afford if you plan ahead. If you are single, consider making the resolution with a friend so you can motivate each other to save. Start making your resolution a reality by putting aside a set amount of money each week.
Pack Light Resolution
If you are fortunate enough to take vacations, you may have lugged overstuffed luggage through the airport. After your vacation, you most probably have returned with unworn outfits.
Make a resolution to pack lightly. Try packing clothes in the same color scheme or limiting yourself to a smaller suitcase than usual. As a bonus, you will probably save airline fees on excess bags or overweight suitcases.
Organize Your Pictures
Preserving your memories is as important as planning your trip and enjoying it. Save brochures, tickets and literature to incorporate into an album when you return home. Develop or print your pictures as soon as possible. Your album will be more thorough and better organized if you create it while the trip is fresh in your mind.
If you do not indicate where you were in each photograph, you are unlikely to remember the details of your trip. Use the Internet to get small blurbs about destinations and sights if you do not have sufficient literature.
Abby Slutsky has been freelancing since 2003. She is a contributing writer to a poetry collection and has been published in "Sassee Magazine," "Learning Through History" and "Pampered Puppy." Slutsky has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Education from Chestnut Hill College and a Juris Doctor from Emory School of Law.
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