Every year millions, possibly even billions, of people set New Year’s resolutions and goals but don’t see them through. In fact, most people forget about or give up on their resolutions by April – which is really sad.
Travelling or seeing the world are New Year’s resolutions that have been very popular in the past few years. However, most people who set this goal never actually get to fulfil this personal desire because life and work tend to get in the way.
We have a few tips to help you stick to your ‘travel more’ or ‘see the world’ New Year’s resolutions:
1. Set a specific goal
Here is an example of specific goal: In 2018, I will save for a September trip to Fairview Hotel in Kenya.
Simple, isn’t it
2. Plan ahead
This goes hand-in-hand with setting a specific goal. Planning your travels months, and if possible, an entire year in advance won’t only give you enough time to save for your trip, it also means you can’t forget about your New Year’s goals and resolutions.
3. Actively save
Even before you buy a ticket, you should be actively saving to make your resolution a possibility. As we’re sure you can agree, there’s no use setting a New Year’s resolution like ‘travel more’ or ‘see the world’ if you aren’t going to commit to saving towards it.
Even if you are not sure where you want to go just yet, start saving. It’ll only benefit you in the long run. Not sure how much to save? Some say 10% of your nett salary is enough, however, it is completely dependent on you. Why don’t you try starting with saving every R5 coin instead of spending it? A little goes a long way, after all.
4. Opt for a life-work balance, not a work-life balance
We left this one for last, but for a good reason. Don’t feel guilty about taking time off work to pursue your personal goals and New Year’s resolutions. Often people back out of their commitment to themselves because work has gotten in the way.
People feel guilty about wanting to pursue their own passions and wants and as a result, they spend more time at a desk or in an office, instead of doing the one thing they promised themselves.
Don’t be unfair to yourself next year. Instead of saying ‘this year is my year’ and then falling into your same routine, rather keep the promise you made and see your resolutions through. Especially the travel ones!