Around the world, the New Year is celebrated by most cultures. The Western world observes the New Year on January 1, the Lunar New Year takes place on January 25, the Persian New Year, Nowruz, falls on March 20, and the Islamic New Year is August 19. Dates may vary, but one thing these cultures have in common is the idea of New Year’s resolutions. A New Year’s resolution is a personal goal to change unwanted behavior, make a life improvement or try something new. This year, we suggest expanding your horizons by making a resolution to travel more.
Studies show travel makes you healthier, relieves stress, enhances your creativity, boosts happiness and satisfaction, and lowers your risk of depression. The key to fulfilling any New Year’s resolution is to plan ahead and make sure that it’s aligned with your personal goals.The lack of willpower is one of the main reasons why people fail to keep up with their resolutions. On the flip side, people who keep their resolutions generally broke down their goal into smaller achievable steps and rewarded themselves when they achieved one of these. If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding. According to MindTools, there are five golden rules to set yourself up for success.
BABY STEPS TO REACHING YOUR GOAL
According to Marketing Guru, Prime Sarmiento, there are five baby steps you can take to help you reach your goal. First, be specific with your location.Be very specific—a city, not a country. Ask yourself where you’ve always wanted to go but never had the time, money, or courage to go on your own. Second, be specific with your time.When do you want to go? During the summer holiday? On your birthday? Next Christmas? Third, discover your own agenda. What would you like to do when you’re there? Your itinerary must only include activities that matter to you and not what the guidebook or that know-it-all colleague told you to do. Fourth, do your research. Plan activities ahead of time so you’re not wasting valuable time while you’re there. And finally, build your travel fund. With as little as $2/day, you could be on your way to a getaway. Looking for even more money saving travel tips? Check out these 52 ways to save money on travel from travel enthusiasts and parents, Caz and Craig.
DECIDING WHERE TO GO
Whether your goals are to explore overseas or right in your own backyard, there are thousands of destinations to choose from. According to Time Out Magazine, San Diego consistently ranks in the top ten cities in America to visit. And it’s no wonder with our breathtaking landscape, diverse attractions, rich history, and delicious food—we’re certainly not going to argue with that choice! But if you’re looking to go beyond America’s finest city, start paying attention to airline specials. Websites like Airfarewatchdog will alert you to new airfare specials leaving to/from San Diego.
Need more than a weekend? USE ALL your vacation days; and get the most out of them by aligning them with long holiday weekends and get that request in early. Don’t be afraid to travel alone; if a destination is calling you, GO! There is a big world out there waiting for you and we are all only a wifi signal away from checking in and sharing our adventures with friends and family.
So now the question is, where will your travels take you in the upcoming year? We’d love to hear about your plans! If a vacation or staycation in San Diego is in the cards, remember to reserve your room early at our boutique hotel in the heart of Little Italy—one of Southern California’s best-kept secrets, La Pensione Hotel! Book your room today, and make La Pensione Hotel your basecamp for 2020!