There’s nothing like the start of a new year to bring out the list-making monger in all of us. From losing weight to saving money, we’ve all been hard at work coming up with ways to better ourselves and our lives. Good in concept, yes, but also, extremely stressful to execute—which is the main reason most resolutions fail.
What if, this year, instead of holding ourselves to unrealistic expectations (even the most disciplined person can’t work out every single day), we set a goal to work towards, not a resolution to stick to? What if we came up with something where the process excites us, and not simply the end result?
Here’s why planning a trip to Britain may just be the best New Year’s resolution of all.
You'll save money
Thanks to the oh-so-favorable exchange rate – we’re talking a 30-year-low right now – you won’t have to break the bank to jaunt across the pond. Best of all, since you’re guaranteed to save on everything from airfare to accommodations, there’s no need to feel guilty about setting off on a well-deserved British shopping spree once you arrive.
You'll burn calories
Whether you plan on heading to Belfast or Birmingham, expect to do a lot of walking during your trip. It truly is the best way to see the sights and experience the city like a local. Be sure to pack those flats!
You'll create lasting (and enjoyable) memories
Remember that time you couldn’t wait to wake up and sip that green juice you resolved to drink? Yeah, neither do we. The best resolutions are the ones we can’t wait to accomplish, the ones that we fall asleep dreaming about. The same line of thinking applies when crafting the perfect travel itinerary: Don’t force yourself to do traditional tourist attractions if they’re not your thing. Instead, roll wedges of cheese down a hill, float in a tank filled with 1,000 pounds of salt, or jump on a trampoline 180 feet beneath the earth’s surface—it’s all part of what makes Britain so unique.
You'll make friends
Real talk: The older we get, the harder it becomes to make friends. But stroll into any British pub on Premier League game day, and you’ll be sharing pints (and high-fives) within minutes.
You'll gain perspective
No one’s life is perfect—and that’s okay. No matter what kind of day, month, or year you’re having, sometimes all it takes to shift our thinking is a change of scenery—that’s the power of travel. It sparks our creativity, recharges our mind, teaches us history—and sometimes, if we’re really lucky—transforms our life. Let 2017 be the year it changes yours.