It’s that time of year again—time to make a list of New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, those goals tend to fall off the radar and, eventually, disappear. According to research, 80% of people fail within 30 days and only 8% actually see their New Year’s resolutions through. But here’s the good news: Travel has the power to help make those resolutions come true. A recent study by Booking.com found that 51% of Americans agree that travel has helped them achieve their New Year’s resolutions. And the statistics are even more powerful among younger Americans: According to Booking.com’s survey, 64% of Millennials say that travel has been a key factor in achieving their New Year’s resolutions. So it’s no wonder that 72% of Americans are interested in taking a trip in the new year to help kick start their resolutions.
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With that in mind, here’s a list of the top trips for 2020 that will help you follow through on all those New Year’s resolutions you’ve set for yourself. It’s going to be a very good year.
Investing in relationships is a common resolution, and an important way to bond with people you care about is to take a trip together. For ladies looking for some quality girl time, Wild Terrains runs group trips for women by women to Mexico City and Portugal. There are a plethora of creative itineraries for select dates throughout the year that support local, female-owned businesses. Book a mother-daughter trip or celebrate International Women’s Day or Spring Break with your leading ladies. The best part? The company takes care of accommodations, meals, transportation and activities, leaving you more time to focus on your friendships.
Quit Smoking and Other Bad Habits
Is 2020 the year you kick your worst habits? Thailand’s Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas has partnered with acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, Dr. Rui Pedro Loureiro, to run wellness workshops at the property’s spa. Among these workshops is the 30-minute Quit Smoking for Life program, which leverages auricular therapy to minimize cravings and calm the nervous system. You can also develop other healthy lifestyle changes without sacrificing the indulgences of luxury travel. The spa is set in a perfectly serene location to prepare the mind and body for improved health.
Ditch the Pressure
Too much pressure when it comes to New Year’s resolutions? CheapCaribbean gets it. The bbooking site has come up with a more realistic package to promote self-improvement while still having a good time. The “New Year, Do You Retreat” will be offered at Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, in partnership with certified astrologer Eli Walker, with a curated itinerary to kickstart the new year on a fun note. You’ll enjoy Drunk Yoga® classes (sipping and stretching with cocktails in hand), one-on-one birth chart readings, Eli’s signature Divine Your Story character-development workshops to gain self-insight for the year ahead and more. Eager to ditch the pressure that comes with a new year? Book now through January 31 for travel February 20-23, 2020.
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At the new Shou Sugi Ban House Spa, you can slip into the more idyllic side of life where the focus is on nature and everyone’s connection to it. Shou Sugi Ban House is a 13-room destination spa and retreat located 90 miles outside of Manhattan in the Hamptons. The property offers a comprehensive wellness program with hydrotherapy, holistic living, meditation and more. Couples can continue their exploration at the Parrish Art Museum only a few feet away. Focusing on contemporary art, the museum presents 15 temporary exhibitions every year and offers a year-round schedule of inspiring classes and workshops.
Did you know that tourism accounts for at least 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, most of which come from transportation and traditional lodging? As travelers become more and more aware of their carbon footprint, many are determined to make more sustainable travel choices going forward. One way to make your jet-setting eco-friendlier? Camping. It’s no longer just for outdoorsy types. Booking website Pitchup.com makes it easy to reserve world-wide campsites that give people all the thrills of travel without compromising interesting accommodations or favorite amenities. Two campsites that we’ve got our eyes on? Pencarnan Farm Caravan Camping Site in Haverfordwest, Wales, and Forest Camping Mozirje in Slovenia.
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Resolutions about health and fitness—joining a gym, meal planning, getting enough sleep—are some of the most commonly made resolutions. If you’re in that boat, jump on board WOD on the Waves, a luxury fitness cruise with fun workouts for every skill level, healthy dining options and coaches to help you meet your goals. The cruise departs from Miami on April 16 for a five-day adventure at sea. It will give passengers the chance to learn, train and relax on the beautiful Celebrity Infinity. WOD on the Waves pairs the delight of cruising through the Caribbean with workouts led by U.S. Olympic athletes and CrossFit Games Champions. We can’t think of a better way to work toward those fitness goals.
Reset Your Health
If you’re going to focus on your health in the new year, why not do so at a stunning Caribbean property with wellness experiences that support you on your journey? A holistic approach is the focus at Montego Bay’s S Hotel Jamaica new Irie Baths—which are complete with three subterranean marble plunge pools, consisting of varying temperatures and offering kinetic energy therapy while aiding circulation. Spa products used in the therapies feature locally made, 100% pure cold-pressed, Jamaican coconut oil and essential and massage oils from a local Jamaican brand. Additional wellness offerings include scheduled yoga classes by the pool, a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment from elliptical machines, treadmills, free weights and more.
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Take a Breather
Fresh air does far more than lower stress levels. It can aid your digestive system, lower your blood pressure, increase levels of serotonin (the happiness hormone), strengthen your immune system and give you energy. Set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Dunalastair Hotel Suites is a luxury hotel that is hundreds of miles away from any big city and will allow you to breathe the freshest air in 2020. It sits on the edge of Loch Rannoch overlooking a waterfall, affording guests an opportunity to enjoy some wide-open spaces and connect with nature. Sometimes fresh air is just the prescription our bodies need.
Torn between a vacation and meeting health goals in the new year? You don’t have to choose. El San Juan Hotel helps you stick to your wellness resolutions while vacationing with Well & Being, a unique new spa retreat and evidence-based approach to wellness, nutrition and exercise. Some features that will help include FloatFIT, a high impact interval training class done on paddleboards, Vertical Wall Yoga to truly challenge and engage yogis and a Live It Well Juice Bar featuring a variety of nutritious options to help you top off your workout at the new fitness center. The best part: You can stay on track to your resolutions with a Puerto Rican paradise as your backdrop.
Practicing gratitude is known to improve psychological, emotional and even physical health. Up your gratitude game in 2020 at The Retreat Costa Rica, which has just debuted a new luxury spa on its rainforest-surrounded property overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Central to the new facility is a dedicated Gratitude Lounge with plush couches to reflect, relax or read. The Gratitude Lounge Café and Tea Bar offers a plant-based menu of snacks, smoothies, light lunches and sunset platters with organic wines while the Meditation Deck provides a peaceful spot to be one with nature. The Quiet Pool is the perfect place to take in ocean views while remembering all the things you’re thankful for.
Tap Your Inner Adrenaline Junkie
New year, new you? Perhaps you’re ready to take your adventures to the next level and explore more in 2020. A trip to Antarctica usually involves a lengthy expedition on a cruise. But now you can cross the elusive continent off your bucket list in a single day with Naya Traveler. In ultimate style (think: private jet, gourmet food and incredible scenery), you’ll depart from Cape Town, South Africa, and spend four hours at the South Pole. Choose from unforgettable experiences once you land, such as ice treks, 4×4 explorations or a gourmet aperitif on the ice. Naya Traveler will be offering exclusive day trips to Antarctica in January and February, as well as longer journeys to the white continent.