Travel resolutions for an adventure-filled year
If past years have taught us anything, it's that resolutions are made, but more often than not broken a few months into the new year. This year make resolutions that you are sure to keep — resolutions that are achievable and that you enjoy checking off your list. Read on for 10 travel resolutions that are worth considering for a year full of adventure.
1. Go someplace new
View of high spire towers of Tyn Church in Prague
It's easy to get into a routine, traveling to the same places to visit family or friends. In 2019, make a resolution to go someplace new. Maybe it's a destination you've always dreamed of exploring or one that recently popped up as a place you'd like to visit. Whatever the reason may be, it's time to check it off your list.
2. Stop making excuses
It's easy to put things off because the timing doesn't feel right, making promises to ourselves that next year will be the year. Instead of putting off that trip, make this year the year you go because timing may never be exactly right. Things can always come up, so instead seize the opportunity and take the chance to explore something new because there's a strong chance you won't regret it — you'll likely forget why you put it off in the first place.
3. Pack light
It's easy to stress out before a trip when it comes to what to pack especially if traveling to a new destination. In the new year, make a resolution to not only pack lighter, but to also pack smarter. Try downsizing your suitcase — a smaller suitcase means you'll have to prioritize exactly what you're bringing on the trip and while on your trip, likely thank yourself for opting for the lighter, easier to manage suitcase.
4. Be a conscious traveler
Just because you're on vacation, it doesn't mean you have to throw your good habits out the window. Travel with a reusable glass bottle that can be filled up once you've passed security at the airport, recycle trash like newspapers, paper cups and magazines onboard, take public transportation when possible and be mindful of sustainable practices while visiting public places while on your trip.
5. Get out of your comfort zone
Its easy to fall into a routine. This year make a resolution to go outside of your comfort zone by trying something new. That could mean taking a class while on vacation, learning a new sport, trying a new cuisine or taking the trip you've always wanted to take.
We live in a society that is always on, so it can be hard to completely disconnect when on vacation. In 2019, try unplugging more often. Turn off email and social media notifications while on vacation. Doing so will only enhance your experience because the more present you are, the more you'll enjoy your surroundings. Uploading that photo to social media can wait.
7. Go on a solo adventure
Taking a solo trip isn't for everyone and that's okay, but if you do enjoy traveling by yourself this year could be the perfect time for a solo adventure.
8. Immerse yourself in the culture
You've spent hours traveling to reach your destination — not to mention the hours you put in to plan your trip — so why not immerse yourself in the culture of the city you're in. Communicating with locals by learning the language, even the basics will do, will help make your interactions more meaningful.
9. Explore your own city
Sometimes a staycation can be worthwhile as there are surely hidden gems to discover in your own city. Pick a weekend to explore a new neighborhood, dine at a restaurant you've been wanting to try or see an exhibit that you've been putting off.
10. Inspire others
Once you're back from your vacation, inspire others by sharing your adventures with them like tips and tricks you learned along the way. Their trip may not be to the same destination, but the benefits of travel are universal.
In the midst of mobilizing our cargo operations, our teams at New York/Newark (EWR) and Jacksonville (JAX) stepped in to assist Roche Diagnostics with transporting a vital component for an instrument being used for COVID-19 testing.
The component was stuck at EWR en route to the Mayo Clinic in Florida after another airline's flights were cancelled. A Roche employee contacted us asking for help and, within a few hours, our teams had the piece loaded onto a Jacksonville-bound aircraft, with arrangements in place to deliver it to the Mayo Clinic.
The item we shipped will allow the Mayo Clinic in Florida to process hundreds of COVID-19 tests per day. Mayo Clinic Laboratories has been on the front lines of increasing testing capacity to expedite caring for patients at this critical time and working to ease the burden being felt at test processing laboratories in a growing number of areas.
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In addition, we move mail year-round all over the world. In response to COVID-19, and in support of the military members and their families overseas, we implemented a charter network, transporting military mail to Frankfurt, which is then transported all over Europe and the Middle East. Since March 20, we have flown 30,000+ pounds of military mail every day between Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Frankfurt (FRA). On the return flight from Frankfurt to Chicago, we have carried an average of 35,000 pounds of mail to help families stay connected.
"Connecting products and mail to people around the world is the United Cargo mission," said United Cargo President Jan Krems. "Keeping our military families connected with the goods they need, and keeping them connected with loved ones to feel a sense of home, is of critical importance. As a company that has long supported our military families and veterans, our teams are proud to mobilize to lend a hand."
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