When we turn our calendars to January 1, 2020, we’re not just welcoming a new year, we’ll be starting a whole new decade. It’s a fresh start – ideal for New Year’s resolutions and working toward creating the life you want. Traveling more, eating healthier, and spending less are all popular resolutions, but unfortunately, most New Year’s resolutions fizzle out before January is even over. If your New Year’s resolution for 2020 is to travel more, here’s what you need to know to turn that resolution into a reality.
Set S.M.A.R.T. Travel Goals for 2020
One reason so many New Year’s resolutions fail is that they aren’t specific enough. A resolution to “travel more” is too vague and overwhelming. One way to fix this is to use the SMART acronym: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Here’s how to turn your new year’s resolution to travel more into an attainable goal.
The first step should be answering the five W questions: who, what, which, where, and why.
Next, think about how you will accomplish this goal. For how long will you visit? How much will the trip cost?
Now that you have some preliminary facts and figures for your trip, it’s time for a little heart to heart. After factoring in things such as budget and time off from work, is your New Year’s travel resolution realistic?
In addition to whether the goal is achievable, you should also ask yourself if it is relevant. Consider if this trip makes sense for you and your family. If you are visiting with young kids, will they remember this vacation? Does grandma really want to take a 10 hour trans-Atlantic flight?
Finally, it’s time to figure out when you will take your trip to Orlando in 2020. Once you’ve set a date, you have a concrete, attainable goal that you can start working towards right away.
A New Year’s resolution of “I want to travel to Orlando this June for a theme park vacation with my family” is much more likely to succeed than “travel more.”
Now that you’ve got a clear travel goal in mind, you’ll need to keep that momentum going. Your trip is likely several months away, so keep it in the forefront of your mind by immersing yourself in it. The interest is a great tool for travel research. Read reviews, watch YouTube tours of the Orlando theme parks, check out restaurant menus, and much more. On this blog, we often post about things to do in Central Florida, so it’s also a great place to browse.
Another way to prepare might be to re-watch your favorite Disney and Universal Studios movies. After all, you’ll likely get to meet those characters when you visit the theme parks here in Orlando.
Work Your Plan
Of course, goals and plans only work if you put in the effort. As your target travel date approaches, stay active. Secure your time off from work. Shop for any travel essentials you might need. Check tour and attraction prices, and book tickets in advance if possible. With each step, you are coming closer and closer to accomplishing your goals and being in the 8% of people who keep their New Year’s resolutions.
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