Five 2021 New Year Resolutions for Travel Lovers

New year, new you. While 2020 threw us all a curveball, 2021 offers the perfect opportunity to get our lives back on track while not only accepting, but embracing change. 

Fortunately for travelers, change is just part of the magic that comes with a journey. Whether or not you actually plan to physically travel anywhere during 2021, you can definitely treat the year like your latest adventure.

As with any journey, you’ll need to do some good ole’ fashioned planning to ensure a successful year. While we’ll admit that the tasks listed below to satisfy your wanderlust can be better defined as goals, “new year resolutions” always sound exciting and productive. 

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Here are 5 things you can resolve to do in 2021 to satisfy your inner traveler.

5 Travel-Based Goals to set for the New Year

1. Start a travel journal

The fun thing about a travel journal is it’s entirely unique to you. You’re able to creatively document your journeys in whatever way you see fit. Journaling is a typical staple among new year resolutions, and for good reason.

Journaling allows you to track your life, self-reflect, alleviate stress, and organize your thoughts. Travel journaling allows you to document about the experience you had during your trips. It’s a therapeutic practice that ensures you’ll remember all the little special moments as well as the way they made you feel.

You can definitely journal about trips you’ve taken in the past as well, especially if you’re planning on doing very little traveling in 2021.

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  • Bear in mind that in the most literal sense of the word, most of us travelon a daily to bi-daily basis.
  • So while you may not be taking any grand vacations, you still have plenty to document about your smaller trips as well as commutes.

A true die-hard traveler knows how to view even the “everyday” things in their life from a traveler’s perspective and appreciate the beauty in their experiences.

A travel journal is your opportunity to get creative. It’s your opportunity to improve your writing. Keeping one of your own will force you to slow down and live intentionally. 

Any notebook, tablet, binder, or even digital note-taking platform works, so pick your weapon, and dive into the world of travel journaling.

2. Create a photo album/scrapbook of your travel photos

A trip arguably wouldn’t be complete without a full gallery of photos. Whether selfies, landscape shots, tourist destinations, or photos of something else, the gallery on your phone just doesn’t’ quite do your trip justice.

Filling up a photo album or scrapbook is so much fun that it doesn’t make sense not to have one. Consider your scrapbook / album a creative portfolio of all your trips — past, present, and future.

All you need is a blank book, glue, a pen, and all your printed photos. Of course, some stickers, markers, scissors, scrapbooking paper, and a few other items will add to the fun and craftiness.

For a more organized book, try categorizing your photos by location or date. A whole section dedicated to Europe would be pretty cool, but a whole section dedicated to 2019 could be more realistic and equally as cool.

Since your book is an ongoing collection, you should also include your travel photos taken in 2021.

After you fill up the book with all your travel memories, you’ll have nice keepsake for years to come. And ideally, a new hobby as well.

3. Create a vision board

Vision Boards…

are great for laying out all your goals for the upcoming year. You can even visualize your life farther into the future if you’d like. Vision boards are sworn by tools to manifest your aspirations through a variety of mediums, despite the fact that they’ve only recently grown in popularity.

If you’re entirely lost on the concept, here’s how Wikipedia defines it: “A dream board or vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of one’s dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation.

For a traveler…

a vision board is the perfect tool for envisioning all your future traveling.

However, in order to truly unlock the power of a vision board, you should only include images, pictures, and affirmations of places you genuinely plan to visit. No matter how far in the future. Throwing random places on your board doesn’t do you any good and is quite frankly a waste of time.

A nice big space is best, but the amount of space you’ll need largely depends on how many places you plan to visit. 

A picture of each location, along with the name of the destination, planned month & year, things to do, sights to see, and maybe even expected budget are all good things to include on your board. 

4. Do something travel-related you’ve never done before

Beyond visiting a destination you’ve never been before, your new year resolutions should include doing something unfamiliar. Which means that it’s the perfect time to make a travel bucket list, consisting of more than just destinations, if you don’t already have one. 

“Travel related things to do” is an extremely diverse range of activities, with interests for the adrenaline junkies as well as the bookworms. 

I’m not asking you to check off everything on your list, I’m just asking you to check off one. Be it something riskier like ziplining, scuba diving, or bungee jumping, or something safer like a trolley ride, biking venture, or artisan show.

While travel restrictions may prevent you from visiting the places you’d like to go, there are plenty of activities you can do right in your hometown. 

I’m sure there’s at least one tourist-y thing you haven’t done that could be experienced locally. 

It’s easy to say you’re going to do something. Actually doing said thing is a whole separate story. Forcing yourself to cross something off your travel to-do list in 2021 is the perfect way to get started physically manifesting your goals. 

You get something done in 2021 and it becomes that much easier to get two things done in 2022. And that much easier to do three things in 2023. You picking up what I’m laying down?

It’s time to stop saying and start doing. That mindset in itself should be one of your new year resolutions.

5. Create a Pinterest Travel Board (Garner Inspiration from EVERYWHERE!)

It’s a bit odd to shoutout an app other than the app that this article was written for, right? Not if my mission is making sure you’re able to have the best travel planning experience possible. 

Pinterest + Pingster is the perfect formula for fun, long-term travel planning. Pinterest allows you to have a space filled with images and articles collected from all over the web. 

Pingster provides a unique source for those images along with an extremely valuable piece of information: their geolocation. also offers a generous assortment of travel-based articles for saving on Pinterest, but we’ll focus on the geotagged photo; a luxury rarely seen on the web.

When browsing a search engine, It’s a lot more likely you’ll be overwhelmed with thousands of beautiful photos and no indication as to where they were taken. The biggest frustration for wanderlust am I right?

No photo posted on Pingster goes up with their address, so you can skip the headache. After you spot an envy-invoking vacation photo on Pingster, there are 3 ways to save the image to a Pinterest.

Final Thoughts

Pinterest adds to the fun but rest assured that Pingster is enough of a travel planning tool in itself.

If you’re seeking some travel inspiration, then perhaps signing up for Pingster should be one of your new year resolutions.

At Pingster, we’re working hard to make sure 2021 is a safe, happy, and social year for travelers all around the world. Through our upcoming social network, we’re fulfilling the quote often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Sign up for your account today to be a part of that change. Watch the video below to learn more about what we’re doing at Pingster to “Come back stronger against COVID.”

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