Right about now your social media timeline is filling up with reflections on the past year, Statigr.am videos, optimism about the year to come, and of course, New Year's resolutions. In recent years I haven't been one to make big resolutions at the onset of a new year. I've found that subtle changes seem to work best for me. But that doesn't mean that I don't set goals in place. Rather than setting broad, sweeping goals, why not approach them in a more specific manner? In addition to getting in shape and quitting vices, many people resolve to travel more. Great! I think you should travel more, too and here are five small, yet attainable travel goals you can make-and keep this year.
Get a passport
According to the U.S. State Department, approximately 35 percent of the population in 2012 had a valid passport. Are you among them? Having a passport not only demonstrates interest in travel, but an intent to do so. You're more likely to take advantage of spur of the moment opportunities to embark on quick getaways, even if it's just to neighboring countries, Canada and Mexico. I know most people hate navigating government websites, but it's really not that bad. If you're getting your child a passport, there are rules that you should pay attention to, especially if you have shared custody. Visit travel.state.gov for more info.
Take a road trip
If the cost of airfare is daunting for you, grab a friend, rent a car, and hit the road. Me and my family have taken road trips to Scottsdale, Orlando, and Nashville. Make it fun with stops along the way to enjoy the cities you pass through. On the way to Nashville, we made a quick stop in Memphis to see Beale Street, and order some barbecue. If driving long distances isn't your thing, catch a Megabus. I had a great experience with them on my Austin trip for SXSW. Amtrak is another option, too.
Start a travel fund
This is on par with that "save more money" resolution most people have, but this can be a little easier. It doesn't have to be much, maybe just $25 every paycheck, to hide away in a separate bank account. That way, when you see one of those travel flash sales on Groupon or Gilt, you'll have the money to take advantage of the offer. It can be something small like a few nights at a luxe hotel, or something more extravagant like a cruise or all-inclusive European getaway. The key to taking advantage of the biggest deals in travel is being ready to act.
Quia Querisma is a digital marketer by day, freelance writer by night, and a traveler by nature. Get her latest insights on travel and fashion on her blog, MyJetSetStyle.com.