Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo recently challenged its guests to disconnect on their vacation by turning in their cell phones upon arrival (you get it back 24 hours later, with a new custom phone cover to boot). This program got us thinking about all the times we say we’re going to do something on a trip — e.g., eschew technology, speak in the local language, go off the beaten path — but never follow through because the boundaries of our comfort zone somehow get in the way. Well, a new year means new travel opportunities, and our editors thought it was the perfect time to make some personal travel resolutions.
Debra Shigley, Senior Content Editor
I’m going to make two trips happen during the year: first, a family vacation with our two kids (ages 23 months and 7 months); second, an adults-only adventure with my hubby. Between our full-time jobs and the demands of daily life, it’s hard to get organized — but the everlasting memories of the trips will be worth it.
Hayley Bosch, Content Editor
I’m going to Italy for a wedding in June and having majored in Italian, I want to use it as much as possible while I’m there. Usually when I travel to France or Italy, I can get by speaking minimal in the local language (even though I’m fluent in both); but I want to take advantage of my time in Perugia and converse solely in Italian with the locals.
Sarah Gleim, Senior Content Editor
My travel resolution for 2013 is to go to Africa. I turn 40 this year (gasp!), and a group of friends I’ve known since grade school — and have taken some other incredible trips with — promised we’d celebrate our 40th birthdays together on a safari. We’ve been talking about it for about two years, but, hopefully, our planning is about to get real.
DeMarco Williams, Senior Associate Editor
For 2013, I plan to eat as the locals do when on vacation. All too often, I get caught in familiar restaurants or just order a turkey sandwich from room service. My goal for 2013 is to experience at least one neighborhood dining spot in whichever city or country I visit.
Michelle Doucette, Senior Content Editor
Once and for all, I want to conquer jet lag. I’ve tried everything except one of the ultra-luxe spa treatments designed to combat jet lag. It’s next on my list. Perhaps I’ll even try a few — just to be certain they work, of course.
Jennifer Kester, Executive Editor
When traveling through Italy, I’ve tried several things to immerse myself in the culture, like taking a language class in Rome. This year when I visit, I want to take a cooking class to learn how to make authentic Italian cuisine. Hopefully, the skills I acquire will be a lasting souvenir, especially to my palate.
Photos Courtesy of Mahali-Mzuri