902437 stopped in timeI’m not one to make many new year’s resolutions. Why bother making a list of things to do that I probably won’t stick to? I’d rather use the time for something more productive, like planning my next trip. In that vein, I’ve come up with some travel resolutions for the new year, which I will make every effort to keep.

  1. Pack lighter. For most travel, I pack a rollerboard bag and a carry on bag, both of which go on board the plane with me. This year, I want to condense my packing further so that all my essentials for up to a week’s trip can fit in these two bags.
  2. Take more photos. While it seems like my camera’s memory card fills up with photos on each trip, I always look back and wish I had taken more photos. This year, I will make a better effort to take out the camera and keep it out so that when there’s a photo moment, I can easily capture it.
  3. Say yes. Instead of hesitating when an adventure presents itself, I want to say yes – even if I’m saying no on the inside. Zip line adventure tour? Sure! Safari? I’m there – even if I might not have quite the right clothing for the adventure (see resolution no. 1).
  4. Try new foods. Trying new cuisine from other countries or regions can be like traveling without leaving home. This year, I want to expand my palate by trying new recipes or new restaurants.
  5. Travel more. In order to pack lighter and take photos, I have to get out there and go. In 2012 I want to pack up the family and travel more than we did in 2011. Even if it is just a trip over to western Michigan by car or a train ride to Chicago, my goal is to travel more.

What are your travel resolutions for the new year?

Teresa J. Shaw is editor of the Free in 50 States section and also writes about Southeast Michigan for Traveling Mom. Visit her blog and follow her on Twitter at @TeresaShaw.