New year, new me. Year after year, it’s the same old game for many of us: Draw out a long list of resolutions sometime between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, go at them feverishly for the first couple of weeks, and then decide, “Eh, maybe next year.” Of course, there are some people for whom New Year’s resolutions come easy. But for most, changing old habits and developing new ones takes hard work. It takes soul-searching; it takes practice; it takes a whole lot of dedication and discipline.
If there’s one thing that can help you keep your resolutions this year, it’s travel. Piling into your car and hitting the road (or plane, train, or boat) can challenge you, change you, and, yes, help you tick some goals off of your list. If you’re not convinced, keep reading to learn how travel can help you keep eight popular New Year’s resolutions.