Pack less, experience more…my top 9 travel resolutions for 2015

9 travel resolutions I'm hoping to see through to the end of 2015...Wish me luck! 9 travel resolutions I'm hoping to see through to the end of 2015...Wish me luck!

Well it’s the start of a new year and although I am usually not one to set resolutions (probably for the fear of breaking them) I thought this year I would make note of my top 9 travel resolutions for 2015.

#1 Avoid succumbing to cheap, convenient food

It's too easy to eat crap food while you are travelling, especially on a budget.

It’s too easy to eat crap food while you are travelling, especially on a budget.

After the last few months of battling illness, avoiding convenient unhealthy food while travelling is at the top of my list. It has been so easy to grab a quick snack in a packet, a sweet scrumptious treat at a market or start the day with a crappy breakfast just because it’s there in the buffet. Health is a priority in 2015 and travelling shouldn’t be an excuse to eat poorly.

#2 Get lost somewhere

When you are in a place for a short period of time it’s easy to follow the map to the major sites and to places you have been told to visit. I would like to have more experiences where we get on a train going for somewhere unknown or ditch the map and explore the city blindly. Getting lost is when you stumble upon some great places and have fun experiences along the way.

#3 Take the time to soak up the atmosphere

Just sitting in the main square of Prague listening to music while Jack played with bubbles was one of my favourite experiences of our trip so far

Just sitting in the main square of Prague listening to music while Jack played with bubbles was one of my favourite experiences of our trip so far

Sometimes we get caught up in capturing a place or recording a moment without actually taking the time to soak up the atmosphere and the beauty. When you travel quickly from destination to destination it sometimes becomes a blur. Taking the time to sit, enjoy and appreciate a particular moment in time is a must for 2015.

#4 Make my yoga mat my ultimate travel companion

I love yoga and the way it makes me feel, but every time I start getting into it for some reason it drops off and my mat ends up collecting dust in the corner. This year, I want my mat to become the best travel companion and for me to use it as often as possible.  Maybe a new yoga outfit will get me inspired?

#5 Discover the perfect healthy snack food

Unfortunately these bad boys won't make it on my healthy travel snack list!

Unfortunately these bad boys won’t make it on my healthy travel snack list!

Surely there is a better alternative to carrots, celery sticks and nuts for a quick healthy snack you can prepare in a hotel room? This year I am on a mission to create snacks that we can take on the road with us avoiding all the tempting goodies we see on the way.

#6 Connect more with friends back home

Maybe a few postcards will be sent this year to unsuspecting friends and family

Maybe a few postcards will be sent this year to unsuspecting friends and family

I find it hard keeping up with friends when I am in Melbourne let alone whilst travelling where you have time zones to contend with and sometimes poor Wi-Fi reception. This year I would like to make more of an effort to connect with my friends and family back home whether that’s sending an email, jumping on skype or popping a postcard in the post. It’s friends and family we really miss so I want to nurture those relationships more.

#7 Drive out of town somewhere in the U.S.A

We are excited to head to America this year and whilst the big cities such as New York and San Francisco are very much on the agenda, I would love to hire a car and head out of town to see some of the less touristic parts of the country.

#8 Pack less

I have always packed more than I need and travelling with a toddler I am always packing the ‘just in case’ things. There are clothes I have worn only once or twice since we set off in my pack and then there are clothes I don’t think I will wear again. The next time I pack, I am hoping to have a little more room and not have to sit on my bag to zip it up!

#9 Do more things as a couple

Might have to ditch the guy in the middle for a night out with my husband!

Might have to ditch the guy in the middle for a night out with my husband!

We may be spending much more time as a family and in each other’s company with us both working from ‘home’, but we get hardly any time to do things as a couple. This year, I would like to make the effort to find a sitter for Jack or when he is in his day care to organise to do something together that doesn’t include work or everyday things such as grocery shopping.

So there you have it…My travel resolutions for 2015 are up for the world to see and hopefully I won’t hang my head in shame for not having kept them or made an effort to at least. Although the ‘pack less’ resolution is already making me nervous! Who in their right mind would think they can pack less with a toddler in tow? Happy New Year everyone.

2 Comments on Pack less, experience more…my top 9 travel resolutions for 2015

  1. Love the list Sarah! I’m with you on each of them.

    I’m a long term traveler. We just set up a 4 month house sit in Bali so it’s easier for us to be present and to enjoy our trips fully yet sometimes we appear to be somewhere without being there.

    All travelers know what I’m talking about 😉

    When you take a deep breath, and are present, or if you get lost on purpose you’ll find the most thrilling experiences actually find you.

    As for your NYC trip if you do rent a car take a road trip through Northern New Jersey. It’s my home state – typing from there now – and a ride through Somerset County is just fabulous.

    You’ll see some of the largest mansions and most expensive real estate in the USA along with stunning scenery.

    If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email.

    Enjoy 2015!

    Ryan
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    • Hi Ryan,
      Bali sounds bliss! I’m very jealous you will have beautiful sunshine to soak up.
      Thanks for your tip regarding a drive through Northern New Jersey. That sounds exactly what I will be seeking out when we eventually get there.
      Safe travels and enjoy the year ahead.

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