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November 22, 2014

New Year’s Travel Resolutions

It’s hard to believe it’s already New Year’s Day. Worse, the day is almost over. Fortunately, I got a head start on thinking about my travel resolutions when I wrote this article for NBCNews.com Travel: 8 Travel Resolutions Worth Keeping. A few of these I’ll keep for myself, but a few more I’ll add in order to make travel a bigger part of my life this year. So, here are my 2013 resolutions:

Learn a Local Language.
Whether I make it to Germany (or any other German-speaking country) or not this year, I’ve got to make this happen. I started learning German with Rosetta Stone in August, but after about a month, I stopped listening to the lessons. When I was in Austria last month with my older girls, I got a big dose of German, and the language is beautiful. Time to jump back in.

Run a Destination Half Marathon.
Well, the farthest I’ve ever run is eight miles, but a half marathon is just five more miles, right? So that’s the goal, and given there are so many half marathons in so many beautiful places that I’ve never seen, that’s the plan. Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon, here I come.

Try Out a Home Exchange.
Ever since I met Shelley Miller of HomeExchangeExpert.com (see my Q&A with her here: Part One, Part Two), I’ve been intrigued by the idea of exchanging homes with another family. So, the plan is to do so this summer with my in-laws. I just need to post my profile, find a home in Ireland and then immerse myself in family travel blog, Ireland with Kids (so much fabulous information!).

Get Smart About Points Programs.
Despite having a travel blog, I must be the least-informed travel writer about mileage points programs. I’m embarrassed to say I don’t even have a frequent flyer account for all the airlines I travel (nor do any of my kids) Shame, shame. Hoping that between Mommy Points, The Points Guy and Million Mile Secrets, I’ll get up to speed quickly in 2013.

Take a Trip Alone.
I’ve only traveled alone once. It was in Italy for three or four days in 2000. I wish I’d been more willing to meet and talk to other travelers. I didn’t even stay where other roaming travelers stayed. This time it will be different. There are times to travel to benefit your kids and times to travel to benefit you. Sometimes you just have to do the latter.

I also have a variety of other assorted travel-related resolutions, like visit the Statue of Liberty, take the kids to the White House and go to Montreal, along with 97 other things I want to do in 2013 (no idea why I ventured to write so many things down).

So, what are a few of your travel resolutions for this year? Let me know in the comments section below.

Photo Credit: CyberNetikz


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  1. Miranda says:

    I’ve always wanted to try a home exchange as well. Thanks for providing the link for more info!

  2. Gina says:

    You may also want to consider non-travel points programs. I use one called MyPoints and another through my bank. I save up points during the year and redeem them for restaurant and gas gift cards, which we use to reduce our expenses on road trips.