One-word resolutions for the broke and grounded traveler

As travelers, we need a direction. I’m constantly dreaming of where to turn when I can. Save cash to go north with a parka? Eastward from JFK with a leather journal and a quest to discover my favorite Parisian bridge?

What’s just as important as a destination to a traveler’s soul though, is the ability to look inward for our own source of power steering–also known as the resolution.

An acquaintance introduced me to the concept of the one-word resolution just last year. I chose then to focus on attraction. The results were phenomenal and provided a new sense of direction and drive–wind to my sails, if you will. This year I have chosen to focus on fruition.

The lovely thing about the single-word concept is that it pairs nicely with having two or three secondary one-word resolutions and doesn’t require a lengthy list of things “to do” which can cause us to feel as if we have failed at our self-imposed growth if left undone for a day, week or month.

The point is to set resolutions that are easy enough to keep that they motivate us to keep pushing to achieve our ultimate goals. If you’re a grounded traveler like me, empowerment is important to maintaining the positive attitude that we’ll soon be on our way to our destination(s).

Here are three single-word resolutions for the traveler-at-heart.



The do-er’s resolution, adventure is something this brand of traveler’s life simply cannot lack. Embracing this word as a main or secondary resolution is great because it’s vague enough to motivate on days when it may not be possible to physically embark on a trip.

Adventure can include taking a new way to work inspired by Waze app., going to that local shoppe in lieu of sturdy ol’ Starbucks, or trying a different path on the “usual” hiking trail you know by heart. It can even include daydreaming while pinning future travel destinations. As we embark on a two-second mental excursion while looking at others’ photos, we’re pre-adventuring and placing ourselves there mentally.

With adventure on our sides as a resolution, we’re motivated to get at least a little out of our comfort zones every day.


“Man, I hope I don’t grow from this experience,” said no one, ever.

Expansion is the learner’s ideal resolution. It allows for research to count toward achieving our goals by tapping into the desire to feel, think or experience something different. A wealth of information serves as a temporary substitute to actually experiencing a destination’s richness.

I may not be able to head to Antarctica as I’d like to, but I can start watching documentaries on what it’s like to visit or live there for any period of time. I can start to stretch my knowledge of what the people are like, and what I may need to do to prepare to visit such a destination.

With expansion we can also push our selves to look at what exactly draws us to these destinations. Delving deeper we may find a way to satisfy an itch by visiting a closer destination with similar traits.


Fashion, photography, painting, writing, music–the list goes on. The traveler’s heart tends to have, more often than not, an artistic flair that yearns to be nurtured and possibly shared. For these reasons, expression is an ideal keyword for traveling artists.

Hop out into your own neighborhood and take some photos of what makes it what it is–or somewhere you haven’t explored before. Find a local store that has some of the fashion you’re looking to admire far away. Then try it on. Yep. Even that garment that’s way too expensive.

If expression is on our list, any activity in which we create something that is related to our ideal lives of travel we are one step closer to achieving the goal.


So there you are, my fellow grounded traveler friends. They may be simple but I promise these three single-word resolutions are potent when taken in small doses on a regular basis. Try one or try all and let me know how it goes.

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