11 New Year's Resolutions You'll Want to Keep
Most of 2020 was a time of uncertainty and constant change. It offered the opportunity to reflect and reassess for the future. But two things haven’t changed –our unyielding desire to travel and our habit of shaping the new year with meaningful resolutions. So, whether you view 2021 as a do-over or a point in time to reset, here are 11 New Year’s resolutions you’ll want to keep.
1. Be the First
How many people can say they were the first to stay at a debut island resort, experience the luxury of a multi-million dollar renovation or swim in the largest infinity pool in the Western Caribbean? Now you can do all three if you book a stay at Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa on the French side of this stunning island. Race you to paradise!
2. Go to an Insta-Worthy Destination
If you’re an adventure enthusiast with a passion for posting pics, Costa Rica is the place for you. Whether you’re zip lining, white water rafting or snorkeling, you’ll have the perfect angle to revere the beauty of a tropical beach getaway tucked between Nicaragua and Panama. Just pack a waterproof case and reserve your stay at Dreams Las Mareas or Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica.
3. Unplug with Friends
Did you know that your social circle is a better predictor of wellness than the metrics on your fitness tracker app?1 Commit to putting down your devices and traveling with friends. Gather your girlfriends for a relaxing getaway where nothing will distract you from the pampering, unwinding and being together.
4. Use Your Vacation Days
Now more than ever we need time off from work to “stress detox”. And yet, almost six in 10 American workers used only half of their vacation time before the pandemic2. Don’t lose out, break away for a getaway to Mexico or the Dominican Republic and use your PTO (personal time off) days. Heck, you earned ‘em!
5. Follow Your Passion
Passions inspire us every day to live life to the fullest. If you are a coffee connoisseur, fishing aficionado or wine wizard, go to the destinations where you can take your skills to the next level. Enjoy fresh Blue Mountain coffee in Montego Bay, the heart-pounding thrill of catching a marlin in Los Cabos or discover the perfect wine pairings in Mexico.
6. Travel with Purpose
There’s no better feeling than giving back. It brings those in need a sense of hope and you a renewed purpose. Wherever your wanderlust takes you next, build in time to give back to nearby villages and local towns or volunteer in the community. You’ll be glad you did.
7. Learn a New Skill
You’ve had all 2020 to practice your sourdough-bread making, binge-watch your favorite shows and master your favorite TikTok. It’s time to surround yourself with the culture of someplace new. Discover the secret of the cenotes at Dreams Natura, the authentic recipe for guacamole at Secrets Akumal and the beauty of the Spanish language at Now Emerald. Lead with the new.
8. Retreat to Recharge
If 2020 has derailed your healthy habits or left you in need of some serious unwind, it’s time to reset at a sanctuary by the sea. Treat yourself to sunrise yoga overlooking the Caribbean Sea at Breathless Riviera Cancun, rounds of golf along the Caribbean at Dreams Vista Cancun or exclusive pampering and treatments at the world-class spa at Secrets Playa Mujeres.
9. Invest in You
So, you cut the (cable) cord, buy in bulk and use online discount codes and still don’t know have enough to pay for that summer trip. With Olsen-O’Leary Travels, you can book that much-needed vacation now and pay for it over time. Experience the travel you deserve!
10. Track Your Ancestry
Are you of European, Dominican or Mexican descent? If so, it’s a perfect time to visit relatives and explore your heritage. Nothing is more epic than meeting your cousins for the first time, sharing the traditions of your lineage and dining on the foods of your culture. Vow to let your rich past shape where you go next.
11. Rethink Remote
Are you working from home and ready for a fresh perspective, new view and a change in venue? It’s the ideal time to book an extended vacation at Dreams Tulum and work from paradise. Imagine logging on from the pool, using your balcony’s ocean view as your Zoom background and having the beach as your personal workspace. It’s the office of your dreams.
2021 is not about the grand gestures… it’s about intention, passions and realizing just what a privilege it
is to be able to travel around the world. Resolve to keep this year’s resolutions.