New Year's Resolutions From Travel Channel Fans

Travel inspiration for 2017.

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Still working on your travel resolutions? Get inspiration from fellow Travel Channel fans. We saw so many adventures scratched off bucket lists last year with #LiveTravelChannel. From small trips to big adventures, these travelers set a goal and made it happen. Here are just a few of our favorites. 

Sleep outside more.

Visit every county in England.

Swim with turtles.

Document travel in new ways.

Take shorter, more frequent vacations.

Travel more.

Always a good one.

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Blue Lagoon, Geothermal Pool, Iceland
Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The saltwater in Iceland's Blue Lagoon, the world's largest geothermal pool, gets completely renewed every 40 hours and always hovers around 100 degrees. Go to rejuvenate your skin and soul, and throw in some extra time for a spa treatment or massage. 960 1280

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

A national park and protected UNESCO territory, Cinque Terre has steep natural slopes that were transformed into fertile terraces for the cultivation of wine. The dry stone walls guide you through a varied network of paths with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Take a hike along the cliffside trail, which passes through 5 coastal villages. 960 1280

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Four Seasons Tented Camp, Thailand

Four Seasons Tented Camp, Thailand

Visit the Golden Triangle! It’s not only where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet, but it’s also where the Four Seasons Tented Camp has 15 elevated, freestanding accommodations with spectacular views of the Ruak River, the Laotian mountains and the lush jungle. 960 1280

Four Seasons Hotel Limited  

Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

Head to Vieques Island for a quiet vacation to get away from the crowds, tall buildings, traffic and commercialized oceanfront property. The beaches here are pristine, the green flora is lush, and it's located only 6 miles from San Juan. Whisk someone special off for a romantic getaway, and don’t miss out on an illuminating experience on Bioluminescent Bay. 960 1280

  

The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong offers an elite experience that makes all guests feel like royalty. In addition to providing top-of-the-line amenities, this historic, 5-star luxury hotel has spectacular vistas of Victoria Harbor. 960 1280

The Peninsula Hotels  

Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

A must for outdoor enthusiasts in the summer and winter, the Bernese Oberland region in Switzerland captures nature at its finest: snowcapped mountain peaks, fresh air and lush, rolling hills. The quaint town of Interlaken lies between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is only a short train ride to the beautiful ski town of Grindelwald. 960 1280

Switzerland Tourism  

Secret Beach, Kauai

Secret Beach, Kauai

Nestled at the base of a sheer cliff just north of Kilauea, Secret Beach truly is one of the Kauai's best-kept secrets. Sunbathers will have to hike down a rocky, near-vertical trail to find the magnificent stretch of sand and sea. Their efforts will immediately be rewarded as cares and worries melt away in this hidden Hawaiian paradise. 960 1280

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Sequoia National Park, California

Sequoia National Park, California

Sequoia National Park in California is home to some of the oldest trees on the planet. Giant sequoias as old as 3,000 years cover the park's 400,000 acres. Activities within the park vary according to season, but its majestic beauty is a constant. 960 1280

Neale Clark/Robert Harding World Imagery/Getty Images  

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Experience New Zealand's Fiordland region via kayak, on foot and by air. Visitors are awestruck by the scenery of Milford Sound, including the tumbling waterfalls, ancient rain forests, sparkling lakes and granite peaks that capture the heart and the imagination. 960 1280

Chris Sisarich  

Wakaya Club & Spa, Fiji

Wakaya Club & Spa, Fiji

The Wakaya Club is located on Wakaya Island in Fiji. The private, 2,200-acre retreat is dotted with natural wonders, including serene lagoons, majestic cliffs and beautiful beaches, and it is encircled by a coral reef. The resort includes 10 freestanding, waterfront cottage suites, where guests experience unparalleled pampering. From gourmet cuisine to luxurious spa treatments, everything you could possibly desire is provided in one of the world's most idyllic settings. 960 1280

The Wakaya Club & Spa  

Ski Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ski Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, and it’s quickly becoming a place where anything is possible. Case in point: the creation of a man-made indoor ski slope. Ski Dubai has 5 runs that vary in difficulty, a freestyle zone and a family-friendly snow park. Don't worry about packing your skis or parkas; both are available for rent at the one-of-a-kind desert ski mountain. 960 1280

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Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Two of the world's most active volcanoes — Kilauea and Mauna Loa — stand in Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park. There are many ways to experience the power of these natural wonders, including scenic drives, hikes and ranger-led tours. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson  

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

In Morocco's historical Marrakech is the famous Djemaa el-Fna marketplace. There, storytellers, shopkeepers and snake charmers vie for your attention while you enjoy traditional foods such as escargot and couscous. You truly will feel as though you've entered another world that’s tantalizing to the senses. 960 1280

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Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley in Utah has been the setting for more Western movies than any other site in the US. Its iconic sandstone formations and the Four Corners Monument are unforgettable and absolutely breathtaking in person. 960 1280

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Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

The city of Venice conjures images of stunning architecture, artistic masterpieces and incomparable wine and cuisine. Get lost in St. Mark's Basilica and St. Mark's Square; experience the sights and sounds of Venice Carnival; and walk across the Rialto Bridge. 960 1280

  

Singita Ebony Lodge, South Africa

Singita Ebony Lodge, South Africa

At the Singita Ebony Lodge, located on the Sand River, travelers experience the perfect combination of luxury accommodation and safari adventure. The resort’s 12 suites all include a private plunge pool. Their external walls of the suites have been removed and replaced by canvas and glass to create safari tent-style suites with great views. Don’t miss out on exploring the African wildlife accompanied by an experienced guide and tracker during your stay in the heart of the Singita Sabi Sand. 960 1280

Singita  

Jellyfish Lake, Palau

Jellyfish Lake, Palau

Palau is truly one of the world's most beautiful tropical paradises. Located 500 miles from the Philippines, the island is famous for Jellyfish Lake, where a special species of jellyfish has been trapped. Over time, the creatures have lost their ability to sting, making for a unique and unforgettable swimming and diving adventure. 960 1280

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Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

The Greek island of Santorini is located in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea and has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. The villages are built on cliffs and overlook a submerged volcano. Those who visit Santorini flock to Oia, a town that offers stunning views of the sunset. 960 1280

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Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Carved by the mighty Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is an unbelievable chasm that cuts 5,000 feet into the earth's crust. The canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and more than a mile deep. Its vista is mesmerizing and awe-inspiring. 960 1280

  

Zambezi River Rafting, Zambia

Zambezi River Rafting, Zambia

From a mighty river in America to another in Zambia. Only the truly brave of heart risk white-water rafting on the Zambezi River. It is classified as a high-volume, pool-drop river and floods between February and the end of June. At times, the volume is 4 times that of the Colorado River, so make sure you're prepared before running the Zambezi. 960 1280

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Another UNESCO-protected location, it contains the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, including the Temple of Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple. Marvel at this jaw-dropping and eye-opening historical landmark. 960 1280

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back packing, Southeast Asia, Thailand
Backpack in Southeast Asia

Backpack in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is ripe for backpackers, as it’s light on packing and the wallet. We’ve lost count of the number of transformative travel tales we’ve heard after someone experiences food stalls in Vietnam, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and a Full Moon Party on Thailand’s Koh Phangan. (Word to the wise: Skip the fiery jump rope unless you’re unfazed by singed hair.) 960 1280

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Camp in the Middle of Nowhere (i.e., Glacier National Park)

Camp in the Middle of Nowhere (i.e., Glacier National Park)

There’s an old saying that being outdoors is good for the soul (or something like that), but you will feel more alive gazing at the reflection of Glacier’s namesake snowcapped mountains in a serene alpine lake. There are 1,000 campsites to choose from, but with a little planning (and a permit), you can head into the backcountry to truly feel at one with nature. 960 1280

NPS Photo/Amanda McCutcheon  

Go Volcano-Boarding in Nicaragua

Go Volcano-Boarding in Nicaragua

Your 20s are the time to try new things, and we’re pretty sure you’ve never sledded down the (active!) Cerro Negro (“Black Hill”) volcano at 30 mph — are we right? What’s more, Nicaragua’s charming colonial towns, Caribbean islands, emerging food scene and new eco-friendly resorts beckon from just a short flight directly south. 960 1280

Christian Heeb/AWL Images/Getty Images  

Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Beads, booze and Bourbon Street — there’s nothing like Mardi Gras in the Big Easy. Just make sure to balance out your French Quarter imbibing with some late-night beignets from Café du Monde, all sorts of po’boys, and jazz on Frenchmen Street. 960 1280

Melanie Stetson Freeman/Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images  

Take the Coming-of-Age Europe Trip

Take the Coming-of-Age Europe Trip

London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam — the possibilities are endless with a Eurail pass or cheap Ryanair flights. The Euro trip is a rite of passage for coeds studying abroad. Stay in hip hostels to save cash and meet cool people, and don’t be afraid to spin off for a solo trip to Vienna. Just don’t have any star-crossed-lover Before Sunrise expectations. 960 1280

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Experience Tomorrowland in Belgium

Experience Tomorrowland in Belgium

A music festival is a must in your 20s. While Coachella has some cachet, Belgium’s 3-day festival is on the next level. Because it draws the world’s top DJs and thousands of people, it’s safe to say you’ll make friends from all over the world — especially if you’re camping. Stay for a few days afterward to explore Belgium by train. The plethora of frites, chocolate and, yes, more beer will aid in your recovery. 960 1280

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Free Fall in Queenstown, New Zealand

Free Fall in Queenstown, New Zealand

You have 2 choices: Will you skydive out of plane or bungee jump off a bridge? Whichever you pick, nothing compares to the natural beauty and adrenaline rush that New Zealand’s “adventure capital" provides. Afterward, come back to Earth by relaxing at a fantastic vineyard or partaking in Queenstown’s bustling nightlife.  960 1280

AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand  

Sail Around the Coast of Croatia

Sail Around the Coast of Croatia

Sail. Party. Repeat. That pretty much sums up the Yacht Week — which has routes all over the world, Croatia being among the favorites — but we think the breathtaking scenery, motorbike adventures, spontaneous cliff jumping and potential to find far-flung travel buddies also have something to do with its growing popularity. 960 1280

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Sign Up for Surf Camp in Costa Rica

Sign Up for Surf Camp in Costa Rica

Anyone who’s taking their first surf lesson has only 2 objectives: to stand up on the board and to make it all the way in to the shore. Odds for both are significantly better if you attend a 5- or 7-day surf camp. In addition to daily instruction, many camps, such as Anamaya, offer organic meals and oceanfront yoga classes. Tack on a trip into the rain forest for white-water rafting, zip-lining or a volcanic thermal spa treatment, and you’ll return exhilarated and refreshed. 960 1280

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Raise a Stein at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Raise a Stein at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

There’s no time like the present to Proust! Plant yourself at a long table under one of the brightly painted beer tents for a Hofbrau and a pretzel the size of your head. The mayor taps the first keg, kicking off the week’s festivities, but later sightings of lederhosen and “das boot” will likely be relegated to tourists (by that point, you won’t care). 960 1280

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Watch a Caribbean Sunset With Someone Special

Watch a Caribbean Sunset With Someone Special

There’s nothing that makes you feel more like a grown-up than that first romantic getaway. The perfect spot for your long walks on the beach? Vieques, a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico. Check in to El Blok, a hip, new design hotel, and live out your Little Mermaid fantasies in a kayak for 2 on the Bioluminescent Bay. 960 1280

Oliver Gerhard/Getty Images  

Trek Through the Himalayas

Trek Through the Himalayas

Millennials have a penchant for craving authentic experiences. What better way to immerse yourself in the friendly Nepalese culture than to stay on an organic coffee farm? Organizations such as WWOOF connect travelers with local farmers, whom they help out in exchange for food and accommodations. In your downtime, you can play with goats, hike and rest up for the trek of your life! (Experienced Sherpa required.) 960 1280

Feng Wei Photography/Moment/Getty Images  

Kruger National Park, safari, cheetah, South Africa
Go on Safari in Africa

Go on Safari in Africa

Escape the confines of the office in search of the big 5 (lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinos, oh my!) in South Africa’s majestic Kruger National Park. And we don’t suggest roughing it; put some of that hard-earned cash toward luxurious digs at the Lion Sands Game Reserve. Think grown-up tree houses with a view. 960 1280

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Watch the Sun Set on Santorini, Greece

Watch the Sun Set on Santorini, Greece

You don’t need a romantic occasion to visit the Greek islands, but Santorini’s legendary sunsets are the stuff honeymoon (or anniversary) dreams are made of. Plan ahead to arrange a table at La Maison, a cliffside restaurant in the tiny village of Imerovigli, where you can soak in the watercolor sky reflecting off Oia’s gleaming white buildings over sips of local wine. 960 1280

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Spend a Weekend in California Wine Country

Spend a Weekend in California Wine Country

How does a weekend of wine tastings, farm-fresh dinners, scenic sunsets and more wine sound? Relaxing, we hope. Spring for a romantic hot-air balloon ride or join friends on a guided bike tour through Napa Valley, whichever’s more your speed. But all first-timers should plan to visit one of chef Thomas Keller’s iconic French establishments, the refined French Laundry or nearby sister bistro Bouchon.  960 1280

Visit California/Carol Highsmith  

Glamp in Moab, Utah

Glamp in Moab, Utah

Becoming one with nature doesn’t mean you have to sleep in nature, per se. Moab Under Canvas offers luxe safari tents, complete with king-size beds and wood-burning stoves, located just minutes from the entrances to Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Where else could you wake up in the middle of the desert with a red-rock wonderland in the background and a rug beneath your feet? 960 1280

Trent Bona  

Get Weird in Austin

Get Weird in Austin

This Texas hub has a DNA all its own -- namely delicious food trucks, a killer music scene and a laid-back atmosphere. While it’s worth visiting on any old weekend to kayak on Lady Bird Lake and try the world’s best barbecue, the city really comes alive during festivals such as Austin City Limits and South by Southwest -- you might even be able to persuade your workplace to foot the bill for the latter. 960 1280

Live Love Paddle  

Take a Dip in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Take a Dip in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Why should Iceland be on your travel bucket list? Let us count the ways: the northern lights, its majestic fjords and geysers, and Reykjavik’s food scene, for starters. As if you still need convincing, the most breathtaking sight of all may be seeing the steam rise from the legendary Blue Lagoon, a naturally heated, 100-degree fountain of youth, thanks to its mineral-rich turquoise waters.  960 1280

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Walk Along the Great Wall of China

Walk Along the Great Wall of China

We suggest accessing this mind-boggling, centuries-old structure — the longest ever built by man — at Mutianyu. While it’s not the closest stretch of the Great Wall to Beijing, it’s far less touristy and boasts a cable car that will give you a lift to the top, where you can marvel at the sheer ingenuity of the Chinese empire. Between Towers 5 and 6, you’ll find an unexpectedly speedy (and fun!) toboggan ride back to the entrance. 960 1280

  

Stay in an Overwater Hut in Bora Bora

Stay in an Overwater Hut in Bora Bora

Honeymoon? Babymoon? Birthday celebration? If you’ve always dreamed of sleeping in an overwater hut, you shouldn’t need much coaxing to add this French Polynesian paradise to your bucket list. We suggest springing for a bungalow at the Four Seasons and a sunset dinner at Bloody Mary’s, both popular celeb haunts with unbeatable views. 960 1280

  

Live Out ‘Indiana Jones’ Fantasies in Petra, Jordan

Live Out ‘Indiana Jones’ Fantasies in Petra, Jordan

Sometimes all you need to feel 30 years young is to marvel at an ancient wonder. Enter this “rose-red city half as old as time,” as it was described by poet John Burgon. Journey into another world on a candlelit tour of Petra with Black Tomato. Silenced crowds and cell phones give way to haunting stories told by local guides over soft Bedouin music and tea served among the sandstone. 960 1280

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Gaze at the Stars on Hawaii’s Big Island

Gaze at the Stars on Hawaii’s Big Island

You don’t have to be an astronomy buff to appreciate the ethereal night sky from atop Mauna Kea. The going is slow and windy on your way to the summit -- best aided by a 4x4 and extra layers to stay warm -- but it’s a climb worth making in time for a spectacular sunset picnic. Head back down the hill to the visitors center, where volunteers are on hand to help you spot the Milky Way, the North Star and more with free telescopes. 960 1280

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