2018 has indeed been an incredible year of travel for us (read: Our Top 12 Travel Highlights of 2018), and I honestly don’t think we’ll be able to top it in 2019. But that’s not to say that we won’t be having any adventures. Indeed, just a month until I’ll be taking on my first solo-parenting trip!
But for those of you trying to work out those new years resolutions, I say – scrap the crash diet on the 1st Jan! Here are 12 New Year’s TRAVEL resolutions that will be fun and benefit the whole family.
1. Start a travel savings account
You need money to travel. Until you win the lottery, put aside a little each month solely for travel. This may mean you have to prioritise travel over material items. But you know it’ll be worth it.
2. Use up all your annual leave
How some people finish the year with leave outstanding, I will never know. Take the paid break from work and go on an adventure and make memories with your family.
3. Be overseas for your kid’s birthday
Kids’ birthday parties can be expensive. Rather than another manic soft-play event, go overseas and make it a birthday that everyone will remember.
4. Travel to a completely new destination in your home country
You don’t have to fly somewhere exotic to have a holiday. Save your airfare and find somewhere new to explore in your own country. Check out these best city breaks with kids in the UK. Or want to make it a cheap holiday? Pack the tent and go camping!
5. All talking family members learn 5 foreign words for each country you travel
Hello. Goodbye. Please. Thank you. Milk. These words go a long way and will guarantee a smile from any locals you encounter. Especially if it’s your toddler saying them.
6. Travel lighter
It just makes travelling life easier; take only the bare essentials. Don’t bother packing any toys, you know they won’t play with them. Nappies can almost always be bought on arrival. This year we visited Iceland with just carry on only! Check out our Iceland packing list.
7. Step outside your comfort zone
Trust me, it will be your best adventure yet! Our overlanding adventures across Africa earlier this year certainly took us outside our comfort zone. There were seriously challenging moments, but they were totally outweighed by the incredible memories we created together; my favourite will forever be camping each night under the African night sky.
8. Make a photo book or calendar
I’m sure I’m not the only one who plans to make a photo book from each holiday. I’ve succumbed to the true realisation that I will never have time to do this. Instead, I try and do one each year. This is much more manageable and they are a beautiful memento. Still don’t have the time? Well in that case, make a travel calendar. There are 12 months in the year, that’s just 12 photos you need from your previous travels.
9. Get in the photos
Getting a photo of the kids is easy. Hubby and kids – also easy. Me and the kids – need to work on that a lot. I’m always the one behind the camera, and I get rather particular about my photography and rarely want to hand my camera over to hubby. But in future years, the kids are going to want that reminder that Mum was on holiday too with them! We also need to work at getting more photos of us all as a family.
10. Eco-conscious travel
Think about how your travel effects the environment. We all see the videos going round social media about the devastating effect of our plastic use – but are you doing anything about it? Use a water purification bottle, pack metal straws and a bamboo toothbrush. Ladies, use a menstrual cup rather then tampons/towels. If you’re visiting a beach, collect any rubbish and dispose of correctly.
11. Forget about social media
This is easier said than done if, like me, you’re a travel blogger. However, we can get obsessed with getting the ‘right shot’ and posting our perfect holiday on to social media, that we forget to live in the moment and appreciate the now. Try leaving your phone at home for a weekend away.
12. Travel more
Make 2019 The Year of Travel! 🙂
Happy New Year! May 2019 be filled with your best adventures yet. Jenny, Jason, Arthur and Ezra xxxx