It’s been two weeks since some of us started making new year’s resolutions. A number of studies show this is the time where people start to sink or swim, where most of us have had a slip and thoughts of giving up set in.

Last year I wrote myself a list of things to do in 2016 and unfortunately I just didn’t get a chance to get through it. But in the last two days, I’ve managed to tick three elements off that list all because of the opportunities made available to me whilst travelling.

Cheapflights recently published an article on places to visit around the world where you can break your New Year’s resolutions, which I absolutely loved! So many wonderful suggestions if you’re thinking of going bad 🙂

I thought this was the perfect opportunity for us to come up with some travel destinations that will help you keep them:

 

Resolution: Save money

Where to keep it: Budapest

Everything is cheap. Unless you want to drink alcohol, then not so much. But the food is cheap, there are lots of free or non-expensive attractions. The city itself is easy to walk around, so you really won’t need to bother with taxis. Of course if walking really isn’t your thing, don’t worry the public transport is accessible and easy to navigate and guess what? It’s cheap too!!

 

 

Resolution: Exercise

Where to keep it: Canada, Banff National Park

Can’t imagine a better place to get your fitness on. There is a lot of hype about Canada amongst travel bloggers these days and it only takes a glance at some of the photos to understand why. Banff National park is one of those places where you’ll want to stay outdoors every day. As well as observing the natural environment there’s so much more to explore… hiking, rowing, white water rafting and my favorite thing to do in a beautiful location, morning runs.

 

 

Resolution: Eat less

Where to keep it: Japan

Japan is definitely high up on my list of places where you can eat healthy without sacrificing taste. Here you can indulge in the less ‘heavy’ food groups like bread and pasta in exchange for some good clean living, lots of sushi, vegetables, miso. Although you may want to stay away from the tempura!

 

 

Resolution: Sleep more

Where to keep it: Maldives

Well I most certainly can’t think of anywhere more perfect. A collection of Islands in the Indian Ocean with an endless selection of perfect napping places. We were definitely spoilt for choice when we went: private deck, beach, hammock, bar loungers, day beds… the list goes on.

 

 

 

Resolution: Drink less

Where to keep it: Jordan, Petra

With the high temperatures you don’t want to be drinking too much. Unless it’s water, you’ll be needing plenty of that! Alcohol isn’t readily available so you’ll be away from temptation and there’s so much to see and do you’ll have no time to think about boozing.

 

 

Resolution: Reduce stress levels

Where to keep it: Retiro Maya yoga retreat Tulum, Mexico

Have you seen this place? No? You need to look it up now, it’ incredible and it’d the right place if you are in need of some quality r and r. Nothing helps you find your zen like a week away concentrating on breathing and muscle stretching in the glorious Mexican sunshine.

 

 

Resolution: Curb coffee addiction

Where to keep it: Chengdu, China

A tea haven, Chengdu will help you you turn that coffee addiction on it’s head and replace it with a love for all things green. Or white? You’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s a vast selection of new and exciting teas to try, you’ll be happy to give coffee a miss for a while.

 

 

Resolution: Digital detox

Where to keep it: Iceland

I keep bringing up Iceland recently, I just can’t seem to get enough of it at the moment, I’m definitely super keen to get a trip sorted some time this year. From what I’ve seen on endless blog posts by fellow bloggers, you’ll be too amazed by your surroundings to want to touch your Facebook account. Perfect place to switch off work emails and look into the stars. Who wants electronics while you’re relaxing in a hot spring anyway??

 

blue lagoon iceland

 

Resolution: Relax more

Where to keep it: Gili islands, Indonesia

Just thinking of Indonesia is making me feel all nostalgic. We never made it to the Gili islands but they look like the kind of place that would be a perfect to take some time out. Perhaps snorkel with sea turtles, indulge in poolside massage or plan spa days. And of course catch a sunset or two.

 

 

 

What do you think? Can you think of any better suggestions??

 

*** This post has been sponsored by Cheapflights.co.uk – I genuinely loved their article and wanted to make my own version of it, all opinions on each destination are my own recommendations! ***

 

 

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From the age of 21 I have always written a yearly to do list. Goals and dreams to work towards, a list designed to keep me focused. I had all sorts on last year, find the perfect sunrise, learn a new skill, go on a microadventure… the last few lists I actually shared on the blog, hoping it would spur me to complete them.

As we’re coming up to the end of 2016, I should be getting ready to post up my latest.

2017 is right around the corner.

And this year, I am not writing a list.

For those who know me it’s pretty controversial (Dad – please don’t panic).

It’s just that this year, I plan on doing something a bit different.

My friends and family will tell you that I don’t like to be bored, so last week I came up with a new project, inspired by Davina’s ITV show ‘This Time Next Year’ (you can find it on catch-up if you want to see what its all about, considering I’m not a big fan of tv I seem to have taken to this series).

Basically the show is filmed in two parts: in part one they make a pledge on a personal ambition they hope to achieve and then part two is filmed a year later to see if they managed it. However, on the actual show they combine both filmings together so you can see it all in one go, rather than having to wait a year.

Well I love the concept of having one clear personal goal and aiming for it, So that is exactly what I’m going to do.

I am going to set my own personal challenge for 2017 and I’d love for you to join me!!!

I’m roping as many people as I can into this, 2016 has been a pretty s*!& year for so many people I know and I thought this could be a great way of looking forward, thinking positive without the ritual of writing a whole list of resolutions you may find overwhelming.

If you do want to get involved it’s super easy:

Simply think up one thing (just one thing!) that you want to achieve by this time next year.

You don’t need to tell anyone what it is, not even me, you just need to write it down, seal it in an envelope, write your name on the back and your done.

Now I have got myself a special box where I will be collecting as many pledges as possible to place inside and the box will then be completely sealed until… you guessed it, this time next year!

 

 

I will then distribute all the envelopes, either by hand if you’re close or by post, so you get your own pledge back and you can see whether you achieved it or not!

For those who live far away, and trust me enough, you can email me your pledge and I will fill out a card on your behalf to be stowed away and then I will gladly post it to you at the end of next year for you to open – I’ll post it wherever you are in the world!! Just leave me your email address (I promise I won’t spam you with anything else!) and I will be in touch nearer the time (you know, in case you move or sumat).

For those who are happy to share their story I’d love to receive comments, emails, videos, pictures anything that shows your end result – whether it was successful or not. But don’t worry, you don’t have to share it if you don’t want to I’d be happy just to have you involved and knowing that we are all working towards looking forward to something greater 🙂

So what could your goal be?

Well, it can be anything you want! You can keep it secret or you can tell your friends. Losing weight, trying something new, aiming for a special trip, making new friends, having a baby, personal challenge, start a blog? 😉 fitness goal, TRAVEL , maybe there’s something you’ve always wanted to do but never have … it can be anything at all!

I’ll be sure to share some reminders throughout the year, try and motivate us all, and feel free to do the same to me, give me a nudge if I start to get all grouchy on twitter again.

Lets get 2017 off to a bang shall we!!

 

 

Do you make resolutions? Or yearly to do lists?

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