From the Wires
Keep Those Resolutions Intact Using Travel As Your Inspiration
Jan. 7, 2013 07:07 AM
Stay strong in 2013 with destinations that complement your goals
TORONTO, Jan. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Ok, we admit it...resolutions are really
hard to keep. Each new year we create a list of things to start doing
and come February, most are out the window. Whether you're looking to
lose weight, learn something new or just find that happy balance, Hotels.com® wants to help make those resolutions stick. Using its favourite
incentive - travel - the travel experts at Hotels.com paired popular
resolutions with destinations that will help you keep those promises.
Resolution: Eat healthier food.
Destination: Tokyo, Japan. This is a country with high life expectancy and low levels of obesity.
Not surprising considering the local cuisine is also low in cholesterol
and packed with nutrition. In Japan, the presentation is equally
important, so expect dishes so beautiful you'll relish every bite. For
a foodie, this culinary experience is a life-changer.
Resolution: Learn a new language.
Destination: Barcelona, Spain. While there are more languages to learn than we could possibly
imagine, being Canadian it's assumed we know English and/or French, so
Spanish is next on our list because of its popularity. As one of the
most spoken languages in the world, this is a helpful skill for any
global traveller. Head to this romantic city, bask in the sunshine and
exercise your Hola's - you can thank us later!
Resolution: Spend more time with family and friends.
Destination: Muskoka District Municipality, Ontario. It can be hard to wrangle together all your loved ones at once, so
staying local may be the best route to take. Pack it into a weekend by
renting an all-season, lakeside cottage. Winter or summer is ideal
because of the range of activities from canoeing to snowshoeing, but
you could easily spend a few days getting cozy by the fireplace with
some board games and movies too.
Resolution: Quit smoking or drinking.
Destination: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. As of last year, this country now has one of the strictest smoking
regulations in the world. This makes it more difficult for lighting up,
but helpful for those looking to kick their habits. If your vice was in
liquid form, forget the bourbon and get your buzz by being active
instead. When you're surrounded by rainforest and ocean, there is no
shortage of exciting things to see and explore and you'll be so busy
you won't notice that you haven't indulged.
Resolution: Get more exercise.
Destination: Amsterdam, Netherlands. This country is one of the most bicycle-friendly places to be with
loads of bicycle lanes and a flat landscape. No surprise then that
bicycling is one of the most popular methods of transport. So ditch the
taxi, rent a bicycle and tour the city on two wheels. With so much to
see, you'll barely notice the extra effort and your physique will reap
the rewards...just leave the clogs behind.
Resolution: Figure out the finances.
Destination: Zurich, Switzerland. While the country is often associated with skiing, chocolate, cheese
and watches, its largest city is famous around the world for the high
quality of life and its sheltering financial sector. A trip here can
inspire you to work hard to attain life's luxuries, and if that doesn't
pan out you can always open one of their famous bank accounts!
Resolution: Better manage stress.
Destination: Mumbai, India. In this spiritual country the ancient practice of yoga is very popular
and although it continues to gain momentum all around the world, with a
visit to Mumbai you can get closer to where it all started. Plan a trip
to The Yoga Institute, which is the oldest organized center of yoga in
the world, and open yourself up to new experiences and a more relaxed
state of mind. Namaste.
Regardless of your resolution, there is a destination that'll help
support your goals. You're working hard, so it's important to give
yourself a little something to look forward to. Resolve to start
planning that 2013 trip now!
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