With the new year comes new goals. Studies show that only 8 percent of New Year’s resolutions are completed each year. So, how can you reach the end of 2017 with all of your travel boxes checked? Here are a few tips to help you budget the time and money you will need to make this the best year ever.
- Get. Rewarded. on every trip
Signing up for Best Western Rewards will give you a major incentive to follow through with your travel goals. You can earn and receive points while you travel, get automatic room upgrades and access to exclusive deals that are just for Rewards members. The more you travel, the more points and perks you enjoy.
- Find a committed travel buddy
Getting others in on your goals will help to keep you accountable to your resolutions. Choose a buddy who will encourage you to follow through with your big plans and who will enjoy tagging along on some of your adventures!
- Set realistic goals
Plan a doable resolution for yourself in 2017. It’s too easy to bail on a resolution that feels impossible to achieve. If one of your resolutions is to get out and travel this year but you only have a few vacation days available, schedule a couple of fun weekend getaways! The best goals will push you outside of your comfort zone without stretching you beyond your limit.
- Schedule travel in advance
Keeping resolutions is all about planning. Even if you don’t have all of the details squared away, block the time off at least two months in advance. This will keep you on track and focused on your goal. Planning ahead gives you more flexibility for all your adventures and you won’t be tempted to cancel your trip!
- Be detail-oriented
Every big goal has at least five or six smaller tasks to make them happen. Make a list of the steps to achieving each goal. This means confronting challenges, like budgeting for the trip, organizing babysitters for the kids, renewing passports, getting time off at work and more. You can make big goals feel achievable when you break them down into smaller tasks.
- Stay positive and be flexible
Life happens and things get busy fast. Be willing to adjust your goals when challenges present themselves. You will get much more out of an adapted goal than an abandoned one.
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