Of all the storied holiday-season traditions, the New Year’s resolution has long been a laughingstock, ranking somewhere between the office Secret Santa and the barking-dogs version of “Jingle Bells.”
To keep a resolution from becoming more than a joke, some say you need to start with a plan of action—and what better plan of action than to plan a trip? When you take your resolution on a vacation, you can immerse yourself in your new mind-set, whether your goal is to eat better, quit smoking, or overcome a fear.
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One place to go: Tucson’s miracle-making spa, Miraval. Travelers come looking to lose weight, of course, but perhaps also to deal with an emotional issue or just to slow down life’s pace. Such a trip “can be the first step in creating an awareness of what you want to change,” says Erica Bennett, Miraval’s director of programs. “It’s giving yourself a chance to look at the patterns of how you do things at home, and then change those patterns.” If nothing else, the memories of a great trip will periodically remind you that there’s more to life than fried cheese.Interactive: Top travel stories of 2010 (on this page)
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