Ladies and gentlemen, we have officially stepped into 2020 which can only mean one thing: new year, new travel resolutions ? That’s right! For frequent travellers, it’s time to fill that blank page of yours with exciting travel resolutions for this year.
If you’ve been busy ringing in the New Year and have yet to create a list of your own, fear not! We’ve rounded up several travel resolutions you can make for this year that will hopefully inspire and encourage you to experience new ways of travelling in 2020.
1. Solo travel
One of the most independent things you can do in life is to solo travel. While the thought of it can be intimidating, the experience gives you ultimate freedom, a space to unwind and an opportunity to discover your capabilities when presented with different life situations. Travelling alone gives you an amazing sense of achievement and a new-found way to see the world. Make 2020 the year that you take a leap of faith into the world of solo travelling!
If you're concerned about embarking on a journey alone, you can always start small by exploring your own city, going on easy hikes and even taking small walks in your neighbourhood. Soon, you'll find yourself going on day trips to different places and finally booking that flight for the ultimate solo trip adventure ?
2. Travel with parents
Take family bonding to a whole new level by going on a trip with your parents. A getaway with them is not only a chance for you to get closer to each other but also to create beautiful memories and treat them with something nice after all the years they have taken care of you. The joys and laughter that you'll experience with your parents while on a trip is absolutely priceless, so carve out some time this year for travel adventure that includes your parents in the picture.
P.S. Here are some tips and tricks our writer, Faruq, shared from personal experience when it comes to planning a trip with your parents.
3. Go on a romantic getaway
Getting married in 2020? If the answer's yes, then planning a romantic getaway is the perfect travel resolution for you! Events leading up to a wedding can be tough - sending out invites, securing the location, attending dress fittings - the tasks are just endless! The process is understandably overwhelming and when you're feeling caught up in the wedding to-dos, taking a break by diving into the idea of a planning your honeymoon is the well-deserved treat you need. Even if you're well past the honeymoon phase, a romantic getaway filled with private sandy beaches, romantic dinners and scenic strolls is the right dose for those looking to enjoy some travel time with their partner.
P.S. Get a head start on your post-wedding planning with this list ofromantic destinations for your 2020 honeymoon.
4. Visit a new destination
Spark the adventurer within you and start making those plans to visit a destination you've never been before. Whether it's a country you've been eyeing all this while or a charming city that caught your attention while scrolling on social media, it's time to pull out your travel bucket list and begin exploring the unfamiliar. With over 100 countries to choose from, you'll have no problem with deciding where your next exciting adventure should take place.
P.S. Need some ideas on new destinations to visit? Our list of Muslim-friendly destinations that should be on your 2020 list can help you with that!
5. Explore your own backyard
Travelling doesn’t always mean visiting far-flung destinations. Sometimes, the fun adventures you've been searching for are hidden right under your nose! Take a closer look at the place you call home and uncover the hidden gems that have been waiting to be explored all this while. From that one bakery you've been hearing about to the unfrequented street with colourful murals, use your weekends to fully explore what your local spots have in store and who knows - you may be completely surprised at the charm and beauty they hold.
6. Plan your Umrah
Although there's no amount of prepping or training that can ever fully prepare you for your journey to your Umrah, it's still a good idea to take some time to plan details of your trip. As one of the most important trips for every Muslim traveller, it doesn't hurt to get a head start on your Umrah planning especially if you're a first-timer.
P.S. If you’re about to embark on your first Umrah trip, head over to this guide for some useful tips and what to expect
7. Uncover more about Islam on a trip
As Muslim travellers, it’s always a pleasant to stumble upon communities and attractions that we can relate to whenever we're abroad. Having that sense of familiarity is comforting, so why not make it a point to visit these places that are precious to Muslims from all over? Not only do you get to connect with other fellow Muslims overseas but you also get to learn more about the beauty of Islam around the world.
8. Go on a road trip
If you haven't been on a road trip ever in your life, it's time to turn that around by going on one this year. Whether it's a long or short one, there's nothing quite like cruising on the road with your favourite people while passing by scenic landscapes. It is the perfect way to satisfy anyone with a serious case of wanderlust. Hitting the road gives you a new perspective of the journey that no plane ride is able to offer and with all the pros lined up like saving cost, flexible routes and total control of your itinerary, call your travel buddies and schedule that road trip that'll enhance your travel experience in the best way possible.
P.S. Planning a road trip for 2020? Then make sure to check out these family road trips in Malaysia you should take!
9. Eco-friendly travel
If there's anything that the past decade has taught us, it is that environmental awareness is incredibly important. So, as we move into the new decade, let us incorporate this lesson by being more environmentally friendly during our travels. Packing lighter, keeping plastic usage at a minimum and using public transportation as much as possible are all small acts we can do to be kinder to our planet. It is essential, as frequent travellers, that we put these into action because you know what they say - with great travel adventures comes great responsibility ?
10. Learn a new language
Learning a new language can come in handy, especially when you’re travelling to a destination where English isn’t widely used. While you don’t have to master a foreign language (though if you do, that’s great!), learning a few basic phrases like ‘Please and thank you’, ‘Do you speak English?’ and ‘Where is the bathroom?` will go a long way during your travel. Throwing in a hearty greeting or two while you communicate with locals can even enhance the conversation and help to create a friendlier connection with them ?
P.S. If you’re in the midst of learning Japanese, check out these useful phrases and words you should know for your next trip to Japan.
11. Experience seasonal travel
From colourful spring flowers to autumn’s golden hues, visiting countries during the peak seasons of winter, spring, summer and autumn can offer a unique travel experience. The amazing ambience and stunning visuals are a guarantee to make your trip a memorable one. So, whether it’s making snow angels, catching the beautiful cherry blossoms or jumping into a pile of maple leaves, don’t miss out on a one-of-a-kind experience with seasonal travels!
P.S. Check out these amazing fall-viewing spots in Tokyo for a cool seasonal travel experience.
12. New experiences in familiar destinations
Sometimes we can’t help but return to our favourite destinations over and over again. Whether it’s the culture, food or people - it’s hard to stray away from a place that has perfectly captured your heart. However, it’s not impossible to inject new experiences if you happen to be a repeat traveller yourself. There are plenty of ways you can make this happen such as participating in various group tours, making day trips to hidden gems or planning your holiday around an annual event. By doing so, you’ll be able to fulfill your need for something different while still visiting familiar destinations.
With all that being said, there's no better time than now to turn some of these travel resolutions into a reality. With the world as your oyster, there's nothing stopping you from seeing it in a new light on your own terms ?