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Thoughts on Travel and New Years Resolutions

I know: why am I talking about resolutions in August? Now is the perfect time to talk about these goals – because let’s be honest, most of us have forgotten them. I certainly have.

london parliament summer

My resolutions tend to be more all-encompassing than specific. I wished for happiness, my loved one’s happiness and the drive to constantly keep learning. It wasn’t always like that though.

Eye on the Prize

A long time ago I wrote a list of 100 goals to accomplish in two and a half years. It felt silly at times and some of those goals became obsolete/unreachable as time went on, but I was shocked at how my mentality changed. The list was in the back of my mind always, so I’d say ‘YES” to more opportunities than usual, push my limits and work towards something.

sri lanka palm trees

There were a few travel goals on that list, like studying/living abroad and learning a new language. These days, I tend to shy away from numbering countries though, because life can be unpredictable. Sometimes I end up in the same pace for work trips, or family/friends want to return to a destination I’ve been to. Ideally I’d love to see somewhere new all the time, but it’s more important for my career and my relationships to be flexible.

Staying Healthy on the Road

What I will strive towards though is including more active holidays into my resolutions! I’ve always been the eat-sleep-party-sightsee-repeat kind of traveler. Traveling is for relaxing and break routine. But now that I’m up to roughly a dozen trips a year, I can’t treat all these trips as a non-stop indulgence. Sometimes they’re work and they also come too often to go completely off-kilter without exercise and tons of unhealthy food.

For instance, while in the Canary Islands with friends last spring, I spent a little too much time drinking bubbles and not keeping up with my activity. There were some days with walking and swimming, but I certainly could’ve offset the alcohol and cured ham with some more movement.

I mean really Eileen, lock it up, you’re a grown-ass woman. Put the bottle down and step away from the duck-face slowly.

Anyways, I had an absolutely wonderful time, but I could have avoided a few days of recovery back home I think if I had taken better care of myself! A few morning hungover or simply bloated could have been better spent savoring the place and enjoying our slow travel time on the island. Next year, I’d love to return to the islands, maybe a walking holiday in Lazarote this time, and have a better balance. Walking holidays are super popular among the Brits and something I’d dig trying in the near future – it makes you feel better about the cocktail at the end of the day!

Step-by-Step Improvement

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To prepare, now that the crazy parade of summer trips are over, I’ll be hunkering down in London for a 30-day yoga challenge at Union Station. About 24 days of asana practice and 4 days of meditation. I’m really looking forward to it, as I can tell my strength gets so much better with regular trips to the mat. I also have a road bicycle from Decathlon to get some cardio in too!

Did you make any New Years resolutions? Did you stick to them? Why or why not? This post was in collaboration with Inntravel.

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Author EileenCotterWright

Eileen Cotter Wright is a Boston, MA expat living in London, UK. She is a freelance writer and owner of group travel site PureWander.com. Despite losing her passport the first day she left her home country, she's continued to roam the earth with gusto for about a decade. You can keep up with her hot mess adventures on Twitter @Crooked_Flight.

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  • Erin says:

    I never make new year’s resolutions because I find them to be mostly negative and unrealistic, but a few years ago I made one to say ‘yes’ more – and I ended up having one of the most fun years I’ve had in a while. Lots of food for thought, maybe I’ll make a few this year!

  • MissPond says:

    I didn’t make any resolutions this year. I made some decisions to drop some toxic friendships and look after myself more. Doing this has made me much happier 🙂

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