7 New Year’s Resolutions for Travelers Who Are Serious This Time

New Year Resolution Travel

UPDATED December 8, 2023–If you are a traveler or have resolved to travel more in the new year, then here are 7 New Year’s resolutions for travelers.

We all tend to make annual decrees about diet, exercise and saving money. But how do we integrate those into the traveler’s lifestyle?

Follow these New Year’s Resolutions for Travelers to help you get on track for more travel in the New Year!

Table of Contents

1. New Year’s Resolutions for Travelers: Eat Healthy

7 Colorful bowls of Thai cuisine are laid out on wooden table.
Vegetarian and fish dishes on Chaopraya River Cruise in Bangkok is healthy eating.

The diet in other countries is often more healthy than eating habits in the United States. Get adventurous and experiment with local foods when you travel. Eat vegetarian cuisine in Kerala or Bangkok. In Italy, you’ll follow the Mediterranean Diet without even trying.

Use this New Year’s resolution for travelers to sample something you wouldn’t back home. Like quinoa in Peru. Then chances are that once you try these healthy foods afar, you’ll start working them into a healthier diet back home. Who knew that this New Year Resolution Travel could help you eat healthier?

If you liked that New Year’s Resolution, then look at what’s next up …

2. Get Active: the second New Year’s Resolutions for the Traveler

a selfie of author and three other hikers on the Camino de SAntiago, one suggestion for
UNSTOPPABLE Stacey, French pilgrim Michel, Ruth’s husband Paul and Ruth Hickman on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain.

To get active as a traveler, run a marathon in a city you’ve always wanted to visit like my friend Ruth Hickman does. Or walk the Camino de Santiago – that’s where I met Ruth. Too much for you? (I’m not a marathoner, either.)

Then think walks along the beach, exploring the local market on foot or bicycle, and, alternatively, booking a kayak adventure on your next cruise, like I just did.

You needn’t spend valuable vacation time in the hotel fitness center when you’re an adventurous traveler. But you must remember that active travelers need to drink plenty of water. 

A perfect segue to the following New Year Resolution Travel …

3. Travel Eco-friendly

Three refillable water bottles depict one of the best New Year’s Resolutions for travelers.
Photo by Rebecca Harris on Unsplash.

‘Travel eco-friendly’ is one of the best New Year’s Resolutions for travelers. Ditch plastic bottle consumption by using reusable water bottles. You’ll help keep plastic out of our oceans and landfills. And you’ll keep harmful chemicals out of the air in places like India and Africa where plastic refuse is burned.

In the US, I politely refuse the offer of a cold bottle of water in a shuttle or at hotel check-ins. That’s because I bring my own hydration in a refillable container.

This New Year’s resolution for the traveler harkens back to #2. By propelling yourself via foot, bicycle or kayak, you’ll also reduce gas consumption and so, too, the resulting air pollution.  

What are other ways that you could be an eco-friendly traveler? Check out Green Suitcase Travel

4. Limit over-planning - even if you're a perfectionist

New Year Resolution Travel: don’t stress out with overplanning. Photo by STIL on Unsplash.

Resisting the urge to over-plan your vacation time is a perfect New Year’s resolutions for the traveler in you. Let your journey unfold before you by leaving space for unexpected detours, chance meetings or time to appreciate your new surroundings. As a result, you’ll have a more fulfilling journey.

That leads to the next New Year’s Resolution for travelers …

5. Wonder

Young man in blue wind coat sits on green grass on edge of cliff overlooking the crashing sea below. It depicts the New Year’s resolutions for the Traveler: take time to wonder.
Taking time to ‘wonder’ during your travels is the fifth New Year’s resolutions for the Traveler. Photo by UNSTOPPABLE Stacey.

This year, resolve to bring ‘wonder’ along on your upcoming travels. Being intentional about finding the ‘wonderful’ in your new surroundings – and the people you meet – will fill you with appreciation.

This New Year’s resolution for travelers helps you stay in the present moment and appreciate the ‘now.’

Is there anything worse than traveling with someone who is continuously comparing the place with another place they’ve visited?

Or referring to the ‘last time’ they were there? It’s difficult enough to stay in the present moment without having a companion who persistently pulls you into the past. Sometimes I find that companion is myself, btw!

Mindful travelers, those who concentrate on the wonder of a place, often turn off their cellphones or cameras for a set period. It’s challenging to do that, but when I do, my sense of wonder multiplies.

Serious travelers do their research. Let’s shift to the next New Year resolution travel …

6. Adapt to the customs of the country you visit

Screenshot of Instagram post with Caucasian woman dressed in traditional Jordanian headdress in skimpy Western dress revealing her shoulders and thighs. A camel looks on.
Instagram travelers who post pictures that blatantly disrespect cultures where shoulders or legs need be covered continue to astound me.

Resolve to adapt to the customs of the country you visit with the #5 New Year’s resolution for travelers. You’ll have to do a little research – like doing a quick Google search – to learn about customs or what might be offensive in the region that you plan to visit.

You certainly want to avoid being the ‘Ugly American’ by unknowingly committing a faux pas. Like hugging a new French acquaintance. Or answering ‘no’ to a Japanese person’s question. Touching the produce at a Spaniard’s fruit stand. Speaking loudly on your smartphone or in conversation at a restaurant or bar.

Or posing for a photo in a Muslim country with your shoulders and legs uncovered.

7. New Year’s Resolutions for the Traveler: Pack light

Vintage photo of author peeking from behind a huge pile of suitcases, handbags and wardrobe bags. She looks embarrassed at the Rome airport.
BEFORE: 1998 Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Rome. Before Stacey was UNSTOPPABLE, she didn’t pack light. She’s happy to share what she learned the hard way, so you don’t have to.
Current photo of author walking into airport with small carry-on that fits under seat.
AFTER: 2019 Minneapolis-St Paul Airport. UNSTOPPABLE Stacey saved money – and headaches - on this flight to Flagstaff by packing light.

Last but not least, the New Year’s Resolution for the Traveler is ‘pack light.’ Nothing can weigh down your mind and spirit more than excess baggage. I have found that by packing light, I declutter my mind when traveling. I don’t have to worry about what to wear. I have little to choose from! I don’t get frustrated by brooding, “where did I pack that?” Because I’m carrying less luggage with fewer compartments to look through.

This carry-on bag that is trending right now is one of my favorites.

Packing light is not only good for your peace of mind, but it’s also good for your body.

Smaller bags mean ease of traveling while getting on and off public transportation, walking up three flights to your Paris BnB or hoisting your luggage into overhead compartments on the train to Barcelona.

Save money by packing light.

With increased airline charges for carry-on and checked bags, you can save money by packing light. Moreover, with undersized luggage, you won’t have space to buy a bunch of Made-in-China trinkets. That will save you even more cash-o-la that you could put towards making memories with fun experiences.

Memories are the best souvenirs, by the way. In conclusion, there are many benefits to adhering to this New Year Resolution Travel. How to pack light? Read my tips.


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As is common in the travel industry, UNSTOPPABLE Stacey was provided with accommodations, meals, and other compensation for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the Arizona travel writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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2 thoughts on “7 New Year’s Resolutions for Travelers Who Are Serious This Time”

  1. These are GREAT! I especially like the Pack Light tips. I have a meeting with my group going to Israel next week, and I’ll share this article with them. 😎

    • Thanks so much, Julie! I am so excited about your upcoming Israel trip! Please keep us posted via Social Media about your Israel trip. I’d love to post some of your photos here on this blog if you’d narrate with captions! Blessings for your Way.


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