If you’re like many of us, one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to travel more. After all, who doesn’t want to? But in my opinion, that’s a terrible resolution.

I know that might sound funny coming from a travel blogger who’s supposed to encourage people to go on adventures, but here’s why:

tips for getting the most from your travels in 2017 so that you can travel more regardless of your budget

Travel more is not specific enough. What does it really mean? How do you measure it? It’s like saying that you want to lose weight or earn more money. If you’re like 92% of people, according to Forbes, you won’t keep that resolution. Maybe you’ll get too busy with a project at work and have no time to travel, or a water pipe bursts in your home whittling away your travel fund.

In addition to identifying how often you want to travel, i.e. four times a year which is a specific goal, compared to travel more, I also want you to get the most from your trips. Not all vacations are created equal. Your time and money are valuable so make sure that you’re getting the most from your travels with these tips:

1) Why Do You Want to Travel?

It might seem like an obvious question, but the answer is not the same for all of us. Some of us want an escape from the cold weather (as I write this it’s -11C in Munich, I’m one of those people), or an escape from the daily grind. Some of us want an adventure, in which I recommend checking out the adventure holidays that I offer. Others want to lie on a beach and relax, while others want to experience a new culture to broaden their perspectives. Others want to learn, i.e. a language learning holiday or help others with a volunteering holiday. Still not sure? Take the What Type of Traveller Are You Quiz?  from Holiday Lettings.

There is no right answer, just the right answer for you.

 

Identifying what you want from your travel experience will help you get the most from it.

 

ask yourself why you want to travel and how you want to feel from that adventure

Me birdwatching in Finland.

 

 

2) How Do You Want to Feel When You Travel?

Just like we all have different reasons for travelling, each of us wants to feel something different. Maybe you want to come back feeling rejuvenated, or unstuck, or like you can do anything in the world, or simply to feel alive again. It’s important to align the type of holiday you want with how you feel. For example, if you’re seeking a challenge, it’s highly unlikely that a beach vacation is going to provide that for you – unless you throw in some shark diving, learn how to windsurf, or another activity that will help you grow. Similarly, if you are burnt out and are seeking relaxation, a bus tour of 10 countries in 10 days is not going to provide that.

Before planning your travels, think about how you want to feel during and after your travels.