Sticking to a New Year’s resolution while traveling might seem like a challenge, but a new environment can actually help you break a bad habit or build healthier ones. You can see the sights while getting in your cardio with an active adventure or take a cooking class with a local to eat healthy on vacation. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to travel more, but you don’t have to forgo the rest of your globetrotting goals with these tips and tricks.
Exercise while Traveling
After celebrating New Year’s Eve in an exotic locale, it may seem daunting to get moving again. But a simple way to maintain your exercise routine while traveling is to book a hotel with a pool or gym. You can also see the sights and stay fit with a tour that keeps you active. Take in the iconic Golden Gate Bridge like a local during a 6-mile (9.6-km) guided run in San Francisco or pedal between monuments on a bicycle tour of Berlin. Even a walking tour to see the famous fountains of Rome can help you rack up your step count and keep your New Year’s resolution on track.
Save Money on Travel
One of the top ways to save money while traveling is to book smart by bundling your flight, hotel, and car rental together. You can also save a pretty penny by traveling during the off season, such as journeying to Sydney between May and August or to Cancun from May to November. Not only can you find better rates on hotels and activities, you can usually avoid the crowds of tourists that swell during the busiest times of year.
Eat Healthier While Traveling
If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, then consider taking a cooking class on your next vacation to expand your culinary repertoire. Learn from a local how to prepare delicious and healthy Greek cuisine at home. Many of the spices in Thai dishes are said to have cancer fighting properties, while the Japanese diet is often linked to longevity. And the best part is you get to eat your mouthwatering creations at the end of the lesson.
Reduce Stress on Vacation
The last thing you want is for your vacation to cause more stress. Consider signing up for TSA pre-check to breeze past long security lines at the airport. When you arrive, be sure to carve out some me-time. Feel your stress melt away under the oiled hands of a skilled masseuse during a culturally immersive spa experience. Detoxify in hot springs surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of lime stone terraces in Turkey or soak while the Northern Lights dance overhead in Iceland.
Read More Books During Your Getaway
Turn vacation time into reading time. Lay out your towel, slather on some sunscreen, and crack open the latest bestseller in South Beach, Florida. Away from the beach, bibliophiles can cozy up with a good book in the Reading Room at the British Museum in London or check out the modern Library of Alexandria in Egypt. If you’re a fan of fantasy or historical fiction, then head to Edinburgh, Scotland to sip coffee in one of JK Rowling’s favorite writing spots or relive your favorite scenes from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series in their real-life locations.