It’s that time of year. We’re all collectively coming up with goals and ideas for the New Year. I’m a big believer in setting goals, but January 1 is just another day of the year. Why we all massively quit smoking, start exercising, eat healthier (at least for a few weeks) is a funny trait of Western society I guess. In The Freedom Project Love 2.0 I wrote about “Resolutions”:
I overheard a story recently about a new gym being opened. It’s called “Resolutions”. It’s a special kind of establishment, and only functions as a gym during January. The rest of the year, it turns into a bar, with big flat screen televisions and drink specials served every night. The concept of resolutions is great, but reality tends to keep us honest. We write down our New Years resolutions with the best of intentions. Somewhere along the way, usually by the end of January, most of them are forgotten about, until December comes around yet again. Repeating that cycle over and over again won’t get you any closer to your goals.
So far my rant. Being positive is another resolution I should try to stick to. Ultimately, setting and achieving goals should be part of your overall mindset if you really want it to stick. The one area where I certainly know how to do that well is travel. Here’s some of my Resolutions for the first half of the new year. After that, we’ll set some more goals.
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Aptly named for the Lost City of Atlantis, this beachfront resort is large enough to be considered a small city and is certainly a place filled with wonder and hidden treasures. It’s become an annual tradition to ring in the New Year here, away from the cold Canadian winter. Nestled within the white sands and turquoise waters of the Bahamas, this resort features plush rooms, 19 bars, 21 restaurants, a water park, 9 pools, two marine habitats, a casino, a golf course, a spa, and a kid’s club. This is paradise, my friends! If you follow my Travel Revolution program, you’ll know how to not only fly here, but stay here, free of charge once a year.
Another perfect getaway from the cold Canadian winter, although I do enjoy stays in summer as well when it’s ridiculously hot. Spending the day by the pool in a cabana can be quite relaxing from time to time. If you’ve never been, why not visit the place that invented nightlife? There’s much more to do than just gambling. Las Vegas is a resort hidden away in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, and is truly an oasis. This place, sometimes referred to as “Sin City,” features 24-hour casinos, themed hotels with elaborate decorations, and a 4-mile main street called The Strip which features all sorts of entertainment options. If you’re hunting for excitement, this is the place for you. And while you’re there, why not treat yourself to the very best Las Vegas has to offer: VIP. It’s easier than you may think. Read about it here.
Forget about the touristy recommendations from your friends. See another side of Vegas: VIP. Upgrade your next Vegas experience by joining my Travel Revolution class today.
New York City
In the 1920s, a sports writer named John G. Fitzgerald described New York City as “The Big Apple. The dream of every lad.” The nickname stuck, and tourists from around the world seem to agree that there is only one Big Apple. New York is one of the world’s most vital commercial, financial, and cultural centers, and everyone ought to visit at least once. If you’ve never been, you’ll probably find the whole trip a “deja-vu” experience: you’ve likely seen most of New York already in movies and tv shows. But nothing beats climbing to the top of the Empire State Building yourself. Or take a stroll through Central Park. Catch a show in one of the world-famous theaters on Broadway. Discover for yourself why this place was called the “dream of every lad”!
Glistening in the Central Pacific, Maui is an absolute gem. The second largest, and my favorite of the Hawaiian islands. Maui features a volcanic peak at Haleakala National Park, shimmering blue pools and waterfalls at Ohe’o Gulch, and breathtaking views as one cruises down the scenic Hana Highway. With over 30 miles of beaches, this place is a dream come true for anyone itching to bury their toes in the sand or stroll along the beach with their loved one.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
When you think of The Netherlands, you probably imagine rows of narrow houses with elaborate gables along with traditional Dutch food and culture. You can find all of that right here in Amsterdam, the nation’s capital city. Known for its artistic heritage, Amsterdam features an elaborate canal system and historic homes which are reminders of the city’s Golden Age from the 17th century. Art lovers can visit the Van Gogh Museum and find works by Rembrandt and other well known artists at the Rijksmuseum. Health conscious travelers also flock to this place to take advantage of its numerous bicycle trails. If you desire to step back into centuries long past, Amsterdam should be your destination of choice.