10 Travel Habits You Should Resolve To Break This Year

The joy of a new year is all there in this crucial three letter first word. New.

A new calendar page always looks like a signal to start over. Do things differently. To spread wings and look towards intriguing horizons. This is certainly the case in terms of travel – at the end of a week which saw the removal of pre-departure testing for vaccinated passengers coming or returning to England.

After a few difficult weeks, the planet seems to be reopening, offering a world of possibilities. It might only be a week or two, but 2022 already looks like a better year for vacation than 2021. But the question is, what kind of vacation? Luxury escapes? Distant explorations? Multigenerational family vacations? Beach hotel indolence? All the foregoing?

Whatever your travel tastes, now is the time to start thinking ahead and planning a getaway, whether it’s for the months to come or later in the year. Of course, “new” can mean a lot of things. Last week, we ran a reader survey that found that 66% of you said visiting a country for the first time is your top New Year’s travel resolution.

While that sounds like a great plan, this feature has a few suggestions, as well as ideas on how to get away from some of the vacation habits we all rely on too much.

Gone are the old and the new, as the saying goes – whether it’s a grand odyssey of personal discovery, the easy fun of the winter sun in Spain, or an ultra-extravagant, cashless vacation. that blow up the lingering shadows of the past two years.

The usual: you always travel from Saturday to Saturday

This is a completely natural travel habit – neat, tidy, guaranteed to eat only a specific week of precious annual vacation. But if you have the option to fly outside of the weekend, you might find that reduced demand has a happy effect on the cost of your stay.

The change: choose a midweek getaway

How about a getaway to the Algarve in August? Portugal’s sunniest region has long been a favorite with British holidaymakers, but think carefully about your dates. A seven night stay at the five star Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites in Albufeira costs from £ 1,456 per person when traveling from Gatwick (to Faro) on Saturday August 6th via British Airways Holidays (0344 493 0787; ba.com/vacances). But push back an otherwise identical package to Wednesday August 10 and that price drops to £ 1,354 per head – a saving of £ 204 per couple.

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