Rev Up New Year’s Resolutions

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, we hope that one of them involves more local travel in 2019. ~ Jessica Wick  @onlyinyourstate

We’re halfway through January. Are your New Year’s resolutions a long-ago memory that you WANT to forget? Or have you conveniently forgotten them?

Fortunately, you can take solace in the fact that it’s still mid-January and the month isn’t lost--not just yet.

D.L. Thompson, blog post writer for, compiled an excellent list of the Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions to Actually Commit to in 2019 along with bulletproof strategies for achieving your goals beyond mid-February when most resolutions fail. 

What’s the magic formula for success?

Thompson suggests breaking down each resolution into bite-sized, manageable pieces. Hence, you shrink the monster that is impossible to harness, never mind tame. In this way, the negative feelings of “I can’t” are placed with “I am.”

Interestingly, Visit a New Place is # 5 on the list and puts the punch into the value of a day trip.

If you don’t have the budget or time off for a lavish vacation or Euro-tour, challenge yourself to find a small town or city outside of where you live and go there for a day trip or long weekend. You’ll be surprised by what you’ve never realized was just within reach, and this is a good way to slowly expand your horizons and see more of the world around you.

As a day-tripping expert for over three decades, I agree 110% with the author! For instance, at every turn in my rural backyard within 10 minutes of my home office, nuggets of treasure sprinkle my path like fairy dust. During these freezing cold days in the northeast, for instance, the barren forests come alive with splendor. You have an insider’s panoramic view: frozen pines, naked oaks and maples, leaning birches, streams along shrubby fringes, stonewall remnants and the native grasses, intermixed with weeds, the color of light-bodied tea in a cup.

Granted, in the future I may just take a whirlwind trip through all seven continents and sight see the great wonders of the world. For now, I resolve to look for greatness in my own humble backyard.

Please revisit your New Year’s resolutions and break them down to the manageable details that don’t derail the goal. If day tripping isn’t on your list, consider adding a destination to explore. A short trip might just be the incubator for something to hatch into a grand scale.

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