Happy New Year! Traveling is a popular New Year’s resolution, but it can be a difficult challenge to meet with everyday life getting in the way. Rather than make one large resolution to travel more or to visit certain faraway destinations this year, break it down into easier-to-accomplish goals. Here are 15 travel resolutions that your family can achieve in 2015:
1. Visit a local sight you have never seen before. There’s probably one nearby museum, park, library, historical home or famous place that you have been meaning to visit, but just haven’t. Grab the kids and go this year! You’ll be glad you did.
2. Pack more efficiently. Wouldn’t it be nice to arrive at your destination and have everything you’ve packed organized and ready to use or wear? Check out our list of packing tips so that your suitcase is more organized on your next trip.
3. Make a bucket list of places you want to visit. Rather than state that you will visit a specific destination this year, make a list of all the places you would like to go over the next few years. This bucket list can be added to the refrigerator and every time you’re able to take a family vacation there, you can cross it off! Plus, you can continuously add to it so that you never forget a place to which you would like to travel.
4. Visit a fair with the family. Renaissance fairs and state fairs pop up all over the country throughout the spring and summer. Find one near you and head there for a fun experience that everyone will enjoy.
5. Try something new while traveling. Don’t do the same old things while on vacation – museums, beaches, zoos, etc. – book a new adventure or excursion, like a surfing lesson or zip-lining experience.
6. Take a train. Rather than drive or fly to your next destination, take a train instead. Check out our 10 Best Train Trips for Families for ideas!
7. Travel with another family. Don’t book one vacation for your own family. Try booking one in conjunction with another family that you’re friends with. You can split the cost of accommodations and the kids will be easily entertained with friends in tow.
8. Go to a game. Even if you don’t like sports, there is something about seeing a game at a stadium that just makes it more magical. Check out our lists of the best football stadiums and ballparks to visit with kids.
9. Book a staycation. Hotels often offer pools, room service, free W-Fi, free breakfast and more. Book a night at a local hotel and enjoy doing nothing but relaxing while everything else is taken care of for you.
10. Take a factory tour. Hershey, Ben and Jerry’s and other great brands offer factory tours where families can see how the delicious treats are made. Here are 12 to choose from!
11. Bring your pet with you. Next time you book a hotel for vacation, make it one with pet-friendly rooms and bring Fido with you. Everyone will love having the furry friend along for the trip.
12. Spend a night at a museum. If you didn’t know, museums host overnights for kids and families. Find one near you by reading our article on the 13 Best Nights at Museums.
13. Take a multigenerational trip. Bring the whole family along for the ride this year. Multigenerational travel is a growing trend and it’s easy to see why. To get started, read our 10 Tips for Multigenerational Travel.
14. Ride a roller coaster. Theme parks are a lot of fun for kids. Visit one this year and ride a roller coaster. Even you have done it before, do it with your children, spouse, parent, niece, nephew – whoever! You’ll be glad you did! Plus, there are new ones being built for 2015 – check out which ones you can ride this year in our article!
15. Unplug on vacation. Leave the technology behind for a couple of days and unwind with the kids. No cell phones, Internet, iPads or video games. You’ll be able to reconnect as a family. And isn’t that what vacation is for? Check out our best places to unplug for ideas!
What are your New Year’s travel resolutions? Tell us in the comments below!
— Hilarey Wojtowicz