Travel resolutions help us visualize our dreams and aspirations for the year ahead and allow us to establish feasible goals. Our team loves making travel resolutions each year, and we highly encourage you to make your own list, too. Although we’re already a month into the new year, there’s still time for you to set your very own travel resolutions.
Want to get in on the fun but aren’t sure where to begin? We have you covered! From planning ahead to being present and more – here are 5 travel resolutions everyone should make this year:
1. Plan Ahead
As the demand for travel increases and processing times for travel documents continue to be slower than normal, it’s crucial that you plan ahead when making travel plans. If you need a passport or visa, apply as soon as possible to avoid delays. Furthermore, book your tickets, accommodations, and rental cars far in advance. Doing these things can help keep your travel anxiety to a minimum and ensure that you’re prepared.
2. Practice Patience
Travel can be quite chaotic, and things may go wrong from time to time. But that’s all part of the adventure! So, try your best to practice patience instead of panicking when things don’t go according to plan, assess your situation, and come up with solutions.
Another important thing to understand is that travel demand is still very high. This means that a lot of people will be around, especially at popular tourist destinations and attractions. You may have to wait to get into certain places, and your patience may certainly be tested. But the good news is that you’ll eventually get in, so try and keep a positive mindset.
3. Be Present
It’s so easy nowadays to get wrapped up in our electronic devices and not be present in the moment. Unfortunately, many people miss out on making wonderful vacation memories because they’re so distracted by their cell phones. Sure, you’ll want to take photos of your trip, but otherwise, try to keep your cell phone usage to a minimum. This will allow you to take in the beauty around you and enjoy your company.
4. Go With the Flow
Whenever your travel plans go astray, take a deep breath, and ultimately, go with the flow. For example, if your flight is delayed or canceled, stay calm and consider your options. When it comes to a flight delay, you’ll still get to your destination, it may just take a few hours longer than expected. On the other hand, if your flight was canceled, you could always try finding a different flight or rebooking on another airline. All in all, when things go astray, and you begin to have some vacation anxiety, just remember that some of the best experiences come when you go with the flow.
5. Make Eco-Friendly Choices
We can all work on making more eco-friendly choices while traveling. Though this may seem like a daunting task, it can actually be relatively easy to travel sustainably. If you want to make this one of your resolutions, here are 5 simple things that you can do to be an environmentally-friendly traveler in 2023 and beyond:
- Offset your carbon footprint
- Bring a reusable water bottle
- Use your bath towels more than once
- Ditch single-use plastics
- Turn off the lights and air conditioning while you’re out
If one of your 2023 resolutions is to travel internationally, Swift can help you obtain a passport, visa, or e-Visa. Simply visit our website to get the application process started. If you have questions along the way, please contact a member of our team. No matter where you plan on going, we’ll get you there!