New Year's resolutions are an age-old tradition; the fresh opportunity that a brand-new year brings long seen as the ideal time to ditch bad habits, accomplish a personal goal, or simply have a better year than the one before. And after a year like no other, we're willing to bet that getting back out there and seeing the world again is firmly at the top of most people's lists of resolutions for 2021.
Like us, we're sure you've spent more time than ever over the past few months daydreaming about where to escape to next. There's nothing like curating a personal travel wish-list to get your wanderlust going, and right now it's a little bit of excitement that certainly feels welcome.
That's why we want to find out the nation's top travel resolution; the holidays and experiences that we've all been dreaming about the most, whether that's gaining a new-found appreciation of the beauty found at home, or broadening your mind with a holiday that includes iconic UNESCO-listed attractions.
It's time to make your travel resolutions a reality, so keep reading to see what could be waiting for you in 2021. When you're done, head to our poll to vote for your favourite travel resolution, and find out how we can help make your travel dreams a reality.
See More of Our Nation
Remind yourself of the beauty waiting just beyond your doorstep.
Get to the heart of England's cities as you're immersed in a rich
tapestry of culture and history, skirt glistening lochs and pass
striking mountains as you explore Scotland by rail, or step back in
time as you uncover the ancient castles and age-old traditions of
Discover Somewhere Completely New
Completely New Make your goal to shake up your travel habits and tick off a country you've yet to visit. We have a fantastic range of holidays across a multitude of enticing destinations, so you could explore far-flung lands, uncover culture in vibrant European cities, or get to know a whole new part of the UK. We've got you covered.
Reward a year of patience with a journey on one of the world's most famous and unforgettable railways. Soak up the panoramic scenery of the wildlife-rich Rockies as you relax amidst the luxury of Canada's Rocky Mountaineer, or see the Swiss Alps in style with a journey on the world-famous Glacier Express. We know a thing or two about trains, and our iconic rail holidays give you a front-row view of the world's most spectacular scenery.
Travelling solo is one of life's most liberating experiences, and these days more and more of you are trying it out for yourself. Solo travel doesn't have to be as daunting as it may first seem - travel with us, and we'll go out of our way to make you feel like part of the group, with plenty of like-minded travellers to share your experiences with if you choose.
Broaden Your Mind
Discover the world's best natural and cultural heritage as you get to the heart of UNESCO-listed attractions. We're your passport to unmissable culture in 2021, and our holidays introduce you to a host of enticing UNESCO World Heritage sites around the globe. Explore Edinburgh's atmospheric Old Town, see the famous Trulli houses in Italy, or head further afield to lay your eyes upon one of the world's most famous monuments, the spectacular Taj Mahal.
Plan Something Special
Make up for a year of cancelled plans as you immerse yourself in vibrant culture. We have itineraries that grant you privileged access to unique seasonal events, from festivals to flower shows. Witness elaborately decorated floats and skilled dancers at Nice Carnival, spend springtime delving into a world of colourful flora at Keukenhof Gardens, and experience Floriade 2022 - a unique, once-in-a-decade extravaganza that celebrates horticulture around the world. Our special events holidays each promise a truly memorable break.
Embark on an Epic Adventure
Realise your life-long travel goals with an epic trip. There's no time like the present to tick those high-ticket items from your travel wish-list, so why not indulge yourself with the holiday of a lifetime? Whether you want to live the American dream in the larger-than-life cities of the USA or admire the untamed scenery of Canada on a cross-country rail adventure, we're here to help you unlock your wildest travel dreams.
Escape to Another Time
Step back in time on a nostalgic steam train holiday, watching picture-perfect landscapes unfold as you chug along at a relaxed pace, past storybook villages, trickling streams, lush valleys and landscapes virtually unchanged in centuries. Time slows down on a steam holiday, so relax in a beautifully restored carriage and find yourself immersed in a bygone era. Our holidays cover the very best of the world's steam train journeys, from the wild Yorkshire moors to the brooding Harz Mountains, and introduce you to a host of scenic beauty and rail heritage along the way.
Be More Spontaneous
Spontaneous travel is both liberating and rewarding, so why not forgo the methodical planning that often goes hand in hand with a holiday and opt for a spur-of-the-moment escape instead? Planning a little less and living in the moment allows you to make the most of each day in your destination, knowing that you've granted yourself the freedom to appreciate the joys of travel. We have a range of late-availability departures available if you want to travel a little more spontaneously and book a hassle free rail holiday at short notice.
Try a Different Way to Travel
Discover something a little different as you embark on a cruise with our sister company, Great Rail Journeys. Enjoy everything you'd expect from our rail holidays, alongside a rich programme of city tours, guest speakers and evening entertainment, all on a luxurious floating hotel. Exclusively chartered for Great Rail Journeys, expect 5* service, stylish cabins, delicious food, and the very best in modern facilities as you explore Europe from its scenic waterways.
We hope you're feeling inspired by our top travel resolutions and the possibilities that the new year brings. Whether you'd like to explore near or far, visit somewhere familiar or open your eyes to somewhere completely new, visit our poll to vote for your favourite resolution and find out how to make it a reality today.