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2014 New Year’s Resolution Ideas
Travel Savvy | By Matt Thompson, Jan 1, 2014 10:06 am

5 Easy Ways to Kick-Start Your New Year’s Resolutions with Travel

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions this year? We have! As the year turns, we’re committed to helping you accomplish your goals—whatever they may be. And while it’s fair to ask just how exactly a travel company can help you shake up your routine, expand your horizons, and get your life onto an even better track, we’ve got some ideas. It turns out that the right trip can be just the thing to kick-start your resolution...or the perfect reward for a job well done. So, how can Country Walkers help you commit to your best life? Here are a few of our suggestions.

Resolved: Get Active.
How We Can Help: According to USA.gov, getting fit is one of the five most popular resolutions in the country. But it’s also one of the easiest to break—Time Magazine reports that “60% of gym memberships go unused.” Yikes! Fortunately, we’re here to help: according to many health behavior change and maintenance studies, you’re much more likely to stick with your resolution if you have a specific goal in mind. That’s where we come in. What better goal could there be than an active Walking trip with Country Walkers? We’ll help you select a perfect trip for your activity level, so you can use it as motivation to be your best self.
Get Started Now: Pencil yourself in for one of our fall departures to Italy: Amalfi Coast & Capri. Its moderate activity level and rolling, coastal landscapes are perfect for someone looking for a bit of a challenge without being overwhelmed. Italy’s sun-dappled lemon groves, vibrant medieval cities, and delicious cuisine are the perfect reward for a job well done, too.

Resolved: Get Cooking.
How We Can Help: So you’ve resolved to do more cooking at home...great! According to many studies, cooking your own meals improves nutrition, saves money, makes you happier, and even increases longevity. That sounds like a full menu to us. However, similar studies have also shown that many would-be cooks’ biggest barrier to culinary bliss is simply having ideas for what to prepare. We can help with that. Our recipe for a great year of foodie fun starts with you rolling up your sleeves and participating in a hands-on cooking class on one of our Select Experiences. For both novice and and accomplished chefs alike, you’ll work alongside a master chef, you’ll gain new insight (and inspiration) into the cuisine of an unforgettable destination. The result? You’ll come home primed to transform your kitchen into a culinary playground.
Get Started Now: Be inspired by the cuisine on our Morocco: Marrakesh + Essaouira itinerary of Select Experiences. After a hands-on cooking class, you’ll be formidable in all things Italian—and ready to put your kitchen to good use.

Resolved: Meet New People.
How We Can Help: Making new friends is an admirable goal for explorers at any stage of life. And there’s a good reason to reach out: according to a major study from Brigham Young University, those with close friendships enjoy a 50% boost in their likelihood of survival over a 7.5-year period. Consider us very pleased to meet you. All kidding aside, Country Walkers Scheduled Guided trips are a great way to meet new people. Sharing the trail with like-minded individuals and enjoying new experiences with fellow travelers are both great ways to broaden your circle of friends. You even start out with a shared interest: the country you’re visiting! It’s no wonder many of our guests become fast friends—many choose to travel together time and time again. We offer an innovative Single-Share Program, which allows you to potentially avoid Single Supplements by sharing a room with a same-gender guest.
Get Started Now: Your timing couldn’t be better: right now we’re offering Free Single Supplements on certain 2014 departures. Find your dream trip today!

Resolved: Spend More Time with Your Significant Other.
How We Can Help: Getting out in the world and experiencing new things is a great way for couples to re-charge together. According to a study last year from the US Travel Association (including over 2,500 individuals), couples who traveled together reported that they were “significantly more likely to be satisfied in their relationships, communicate well with their partners, enjoy more romance, have a better sex life, spend quality time together, and share common goals and desires.” Who wouldn’t want that?
Get Started Now: For couples looking to enjoy a private experience together, we recommend our Self-Guided adventures. These Walking and Biking trips give you the freedom to explore at your own pace...so if the two of you would like to linger in the café one afternoon (or sleep in one morning), you’re welcome to do so.

Resolved: Take That Dream Trip.
How We Can Help: Of course, some people’s New Year’s resolutions are about travel itself. If you’ve been putting off taking that once-in-a-lifetime dream trip—that Safari in Africa, that foodie tour of Italy, that authentic trek through Morocco, that breathtaking ascent to Machu Picchu—we’ve got the departures to make it happen. If there’s something you’re looking to do, just ask us. We love bringing people’s dream trips to life.
Get Started Now: Not sure where to start? Request our 2014 Catalogs today!