Every wander-lusting individual has made their fair share of travel-based New Year’s resolutions, and then proceeded to break that resolution for one reason or another. Maybe you don’t think you have enough time for that road trip across the States. Maybe you think a trip to the French countryside would be way too expensive for you to ever pull off. There’s no reason to give up on your travel resolutions, though! A little bit of realism and a lot of work can make sure you see them through.
Firstly, make sure you choose a travel resolution that makes sense for you, even if you do have to strive a little bit to reach your goal. Instead of choosing a vacation that would be way out of your price range (and just about everyone else’s), choose something that will be doable with the proper amount of extra work and a few creature comfort sacrifices here and there. If you love your job and don’t want to lose it, don’t pick a dream trip that would require you to be completely off the grid for two months; instead, see if there would be a way for you to work while traveling, or to get a few extra days off by putting in extra night hours.
Once you know what you want to do or where you want to go, figure out how. Scour the Web for great deals, figure out the best way to get to where you want to go, compare options to discover how to do as much as possible for as little as possible. Talk to the locals. Online travel forums are a great place to find out what you need to know from people who have actually done it.
Then, simply do what it takes. If you have to give up your $5 Starbucks specialty coffee every day for six months, do it. That’s nearly $1,000, which can buy you a round-trip plane ticket to quite a lot of destinations. Grab dinner on the go two nights a week instead of three. Switch to a cheaper bottle of wine. Rent the movie instead of going to the theater. Take all of that and put it into your travel fund dedicated to your one specific travel resolution. It all adds up much quicker than you think.
The most important thing to do, though, is to stop treating your dream trip like a dream and start acting like it’s actually going to happen. Request the days off from work, start learning the language of the destination and arrange for someone to housesit for you. Start saying, “I’m going to Italy this year,” instead of “I want to go to Italy this year.” Believe it, then do it.
Bucks County has plenty of history and activities to explore, but if you are in town and looking for something fun to do, check out the Bucks County Ale Trail. Once a year, Bucks County breweries participate in the Bucks County Ale Trail. Guests can download a virtual passport from visitbuckscounty.com. This passport allows visitors to check-in at breweries to earn points toward a free t-shirt. You may even find your new favorite beer or brewery.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
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The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
During the spooky season, fans of haunts and scares should visit Laredo, Texas, to discover the haunted heritage of the 266-year-old city. Visitors are able to embrace the story of La Llorona, witness apparitions of spirits walking through Laredo and the movement of objects in homes and buildings in the historic district. All these phenomena make for an uneasy stroll through the city’s oldest neighborhoods.