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.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
In food capitals like New York City, foodie crazes seem to rise and set as quickly as the sun, but one trend that has endured for awhile now is the city’s penchant for regional Chinese cuisine, and the East Village is home to some of the city’s top spots for sampling your way through several of these regions.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
Some places appear better to visit in the winter. For example, anywhere known for winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, will be less visited in the summer because those same people are going to spend their time at the beach or another destination. However, visiting these destinations during the off-seasons can show a side of the city or town that can’t be seen under piles of snow. It’s worth checking out a couple of these favorite winter destinations.