New Year Travel Resolutions For 2014


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Now that 2014 has arrived at last, it is time for us to take part in the most time honored of traditions – the setting of New Years resolutions. Usually those resolutions revolve around starting some new diet, choosing to workout more or electing to drink less. But we can apply resolutions to other areas of our lives where we seek improvement or focus as well. With that in mind, here are some travel resolutions I’m making for the year ahead. 

Resolution #1: Stop Complaining About TSA
I’ve resolved to stop complaining about the Transportation Security Agency. They have been an easy target for far too long now and it is time we cut them some slack. Yes, the agents can be confounding and aggravating at times, but they are also just people who are trying to do their job. On top of that, the TSA is simply a fact of life in the 21st century that I’m just going to have to come to live with. I may not happy that I have to take off my shoes while waiting in line, or leave my bottle of water behind before I’ve finished it. But, if I approach the security line with a better attitude, perhaps I’ll leave there with one too.

Resolution #2: Be More Courteous To My Fellow Travelers
The TSA agents aren’t the only ones who deserve more respect, our fellow travelers are deserving of some too. Crowded, noisy airports can obviously test our patience, particularly when they sometimes feel like they are filled with people who don’t know what exactly they are doing. And when you board a plane filled with screaming babies, shoeless seat-mates and overhead compartments that are completely full, it is easy to lose your composure. At times like that,  it helps to remember that at the end of the day, we’re all just trying to safely get to our destination.

Resolution #3: Be More In The Moment
While traveling it is often easy to get caught up in whats coming the day after tomorrow, and lose track of what is happening today. Often times it is the simple things that leave the biggest impression, but if we don’t stop to recognize those moments, we can miss them altogether. While traveling this year, I resolve to toss out the schedule, be more spontaneous and let the day take me where it will.

Resolution #4: Go Someplace Completely New
As travelers, it is very easy to get locked into destinations that are familiar and safe. We find comfort and solace in those places and we return regularly for that very reason. But this year, lets all resolve to not just go some place new, but some place that will knock us completely out of our comfort zone. Go someplace unexpected and exciting. Someplace where you don’t know what to expect. Not only will we possibly find a new favorite destination, we may even be reminded why we fell in love with travel in the first place.

Resolution #5: [Fill In The Blank]
I’ve shared mine, now you share yours. What are your New Year travel resolutions? What would you like to change about the way you travel in 2014? Do you want to learn to pack lighter? Be more prepared? Simply travel more? Let’s hear ’em!

Post your resolutions in the comments and then get working on achieving them.

About the Author: Kraig Becker

Kraig Becker is a freelance outdoor and adventure travel writer who covers extreme sports, mountaineering and active travel. Based out of Austin, TX he writes about his own travels while encouraging others to seek their own opportunities for adventure where ever they go.

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