We all love to travel and yet we somehow we never make any travel resolutions. Not anymore though! In 2018, let's take actions to turn all our travel dreams into reality. Let's visit places that have been on our wishlists for ages. Let's get travelling and let's spice up our Instagram and Facebook pages with travel pictures worthy of some serious envy! Here are 10 travel resolutions that will make 2018 the best year ever for you in terms of travel!
1. MAKE A REAL TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST
We have such a huge list of destinations on our mental bucket-list that when it comes to actually deciding where to go, we feel too overwhelmed. Let's turn our hazy wanderlust into a real list. Make a list of no more than 5 places out of the hundreds in your head where you just have to go on a priority basis. This will kill your confusion and help you plan your travel calendar better.
“I resolve to make a real written list of five places where I would like to travel to in 2018.”
2. GET VISION BOARDING
Your dream to travel will not turn into reality unless you send the right signals into the Universe. Make a travel vision board where you cut out the most attractive photos of the 5 places on your bucket-list. Place that vision board in front of you. Every now and then, imagine yourself soaking in the beauty of those places. The Universe will weave its magic and your vision board will change into Instagram pics with you in it! (If you feel this doesn't work, read my travel tale about how I manifested a trip to Dubrovnik)
“I resolve to make a vision board with attractive images of places on my bucket-list to help me manifest a trip to all those places.”
3. PLAN A TRAVEL FUND
You must appropriate a portion of your income on a regular basis for travel. I recommend a minimum of 20% of your total earnings. Put that money aside in a fixed deposit so that you don't accidentally spend it on something else. I don't just set aside money. I invest it in Mutual Funds for better returns. (Mandatory Disclaimer: Mutual Funds are subject to market risks. Read the offer document carefully before investing! :P)
“I resolve to set aside ___ portion of my total earnings for travel.”
4. BOOK THOSE TICKETS
You will never be able to make space in your busy calendars for travel unless you actually book flight or train tickets. When you spend money and book tickets, you will find definite ways of making sure you actually take those trips. You will land up slogging a bit more, if required, to earn a leave from your boss or decline invitations to family functions coinciding with your vacation days. Basically, you will overcome all hurdles simply because you spent the money and booked the tickets.
“I resolve to make bookings well in advance for a trip to ensure that nothing comes in the way of my travel plans.”
5. TAKE AN UNPLANNED TRIP
As Indians, travelling to any place equals booking well in advance, going through a tours and travels company and following a fixed itinerary. I have already explained how these habits can damage your travel experience. (Click to read '8 ways in which Indians damage their travel experience') This year try to head to a destination without making any advance bookings. Figure out where to stay, what to eat, what to see, etc. totally on the go. You will be surprised to see how rewarding taking such an unplanned trips will prove to be.
"I resolve to take at least one unplanned and spontaneous trip in 2018."