Not only is it a new year, but it’s also a new decade, which means more destinations, fresh experiences and new travel goals. Whatever those goals may be, they can be achieved one way or another. You don’t have to do them all at once, either, you can complete each goal one by one as you travel to a place you’ve never been before—it’s the only way to feel accomplished without placing too much pressure on yourself. Whether it’s how you travel, where you travel to or what you want to do when you get there, here are some of the best 2020 travel goals to think about as you step into a new year.
Being in the Moment
So many of us are glued to our devices while we travel, causing us to miss out on the beauty in front of our eyes. Regardless if we’re sightseeing, watching a performance outside or participating in a festival, we tend to want to capture the perfect moment in a photo before it slips away. For 2020, traveling while being in the moment is a goal that can be difficult at times, but it can also be a breath of fresh air, regardless if you have proof of whatever your eyes are seeing. Instead of always looking to snap a photo, keep your device in your pocket or bag and just enjoy doing and seeing something new. It will always be in your memory, and sometimes, that can be the best proof of a memorable experience.
Booking a Multi-Country Itinerary
Have a week or more of vacation time? Instead of spending a week in a single city, book a multi-country itinerary to see more of what the world has to offer without having to waste extra vacation time. Heading to Europe? Take the Euro Train to neighboring cities in new countries such as France, Portugal, Spain, Germany and Austria. Flying to Asia? Find a cheap low-cost carrier and fly to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos all in one week (just make sure to check for any visa requirements ahead of time). You can travel to more than one place without breaking the bank by using low-cost airlines, trains and buses that will only take a few hours or less, thanks to the short distances between countries in different parts of the world.
It’s amazing how refreshing it can be to travel solo. Not only are you on your own schedule, doing what you want whenever you want, but you also have the ability to meet new people, test your limits and try new things that you may not have time for or the ability to if you’re traveling with a companion. If you’re afraid to go to a new country by yourself, you can check out solo, gender-specific travel groups such as G Adventures, Intrepid, Abercrombie & Kent and Overseas Adventure Travel.
Another 2020 travel goal is to challenge yourself. Be it skydiving in Dubai or cliff-jumping in Austria, the new year is all about pushing limits. We have this one, beautiful life and why not live it to the fullest? Sure, it may be frightening at first to do something you’ve possibly thought of but never really did while exploring a new country, but once we get over that fear, we can have an incredible time that will always stay in our memories.
Challenging yourself can also mean trying a delicacy or food that you have been terrified to try. Snakes, blowfish, pig intestines or tune eyeballs—the street foods you see but always said no to is what you should now say yes to. You may never have the chance to do it again, and taking your tastebuds on an adventure can be a thrilling experience, one that can make for an excellent story or conversation starter. Whatever challenge it may be, 2020 is the year to make it happen.
Exploring Without Any Pre-planning
If you’re one to plan every vacation, then the 2020 travel goal is to do the exact opposite. Instead of researching ahead of time what sites to see, what restaurants to eat at and what to do at night, take a trip to a new, international city with no plans whatsoever, relying only on the help of the locals who know best. Or, you can wander around and explore on your own to uncover hidden gems throughout the city or neighborhood you’re in. When in doubt, just ask someone on the street or at a cafe you stopped in for some tips on what the locals love versus what’s overrun by tourists. Plus, a vacation without any pre-planning can be so much more exciting.
With the new year now in play, what are your 2020 travel goals?