Travelers Resolutions for 2014
The arrival of a New Year incites us to make all kinds of resolutions. While you're pondering your personal goals for 2014, you might as well consider your travel-related resolutions for the incoming New Year, and set out to make them happen. Do you need a little inspiration to jump-start your family's travel plans? Keep reading to learn the perspectives of experienced travelers as they share their adventurous resolutions for 2014.
Broaden your travel horizons
Touring new locations and taking fresh looks at places previously visited are high priorities for 2014's potential travelers. "We've decided to revisit some of the western states," says Lee Stirrat, a spirited great grandmother who takes trips with her husband Tom, a retired firefighter. "There's so much to see that we want to go back and visit some of the same things again, and see what we missed before."
Denise Neal, a South Carolina esthetician who travels regularly with husband Pete, their children, and grandchildren, shares Stirrat's opinion about the benefits of cross-country travel. "Everyone is in such a huge hurry to travel abroad and see the world, but we have so many beautiful sights right here in the United States. There are so many awesome things to see in America," says Neal. "My goal is to worry less about what other continents I can get to and focus more on what fabulous spots I have not hit in the States."
Go camping more often
"Our New Year's resolution this year is to make more time to go camping with our family and friends," says Staci Dunn, a professional cake artist who travels by motorhome with her husband John and their two adult sons. "That is pretty much our New Year's resolution every year," Dunn adds with a giggle.
In terms of wanting to travel more than they already do, the Dunn Family has plenty of company. Susie Cassens, an artist who goes on road trips with her husband Steve, plans to "try to go to a special destination at least once a month, and go for longer trips—two to four weeks at a time."
Frannie Hutchinson, a busy County Commissioner with a schedule that never quits, agrees with Cassens' goal of traveling more frequently in the coming year. "I want to visit more of my home state, so we will do more weekend getaways across Florida," says Hutchinson, who travels frequently with her husband Robbie and their five adult children's families…including six young grandchildren.
Celebrate the seasons
As Mother Nature transitions from winter through spring, summer, and autumn, travelers tend to stay in perpetual motion too. Susie Cassens says she wants to "go on a trip in the spring to see the flowers bloom." Virginia teacher Miranda Spencer Altice, plans to "take two weeks to camp along the Blue Ridge Parkway during spring and/or fall" with her husband Jason and their daughter Simone. Likewise, Frannie Hutchinson will "head north to New England, preferably during September or October—while the leaves are changing color."
Pursue your passions
Shifting weather patterns and variable landscapes aren't the only factors that prompt folks to hit the road. Personal interests, hobbies, and long-held dreams are also powerful motivators for travelers. Cassens hopes to visit more 'Arts' oriented locations in 2014, and Altice longs to explore hiking trails in a redwood forest. Meanwhile, Hutchinson looks forward to a long-anticipated trip through Alaska that will combine airline flights, a weeklong cruise, and scenic train travel with a tour of Denali National Park and Preserve.
Strengthen ties with family and friends
New Year's resolutions tend to be very general or quite specific, depending on the individual 'resolver.' "The only resolution I make is to enjoy every minute," says Rosemary Bates, a Maine native who winters in Florida. "Travel, make friends, enjoy life, and make as many memories as you can. Life can leave you anytime, or your loved one can leave anytime, so do what you can now," she advises. On a more focused mission, Miranda Altice remarks, "We are ready to teach our daughter about the joys of outdoor life, and we want to host an extended family reunion via a camping trip."
Go green on the road
In addition to being avid campers, the Altice Family also travels responsibly, as reflected in their last (but not least) New Year's resolution. "Our goal is to practice greener 'leave no trace' camping, such as setting up near a river or pond to fish for dinner and cooking our meals over the fire," says Miranda, who stumbled upon a grill master's best secret while 'cooking green' around a campfire…"Homemade French fries are incredible this way!"
With good fortune and strategic timing, some of us in the greater American traveling community might cross paths and connect (on-road, in-air or overseas) as we strive to achieve our travel resolutions in 2014. Happy New Year and happy trails!
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"Travelers Resolutions for 2014"
Paula Loehr, R.N., B.A., worked in the fields of community health and nursing education, and was a school health nurse at the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels before becoming a fulltime journalist. Her writing specialties include family tr...