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How a Trip to Ireland is the Perfect New Years Resolution

By Dawn Rainbolt, Marketing Executive
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Happy New Years! This is the time of year for celebrations, for future plans, and for New Years Resolutions! So, how about this year’s resolution is taking a trip to Ireland?

People making New Years Resolutions often start with the best of intentions in January, but unfortunately, as life settles down after the holidays, we tend to slip back into old habits.

At first, it might sound a bit far fetched that a trip to Ireland is the perfect way to fulfil and keep your New Years Resolutions. Aren’t New Years Resolutions supposed to be things we don’t like to do, or at least things that are hard to do? Read on to see why taking a hiking or biking trip to Ireland can fulfil your New Years Resolutions and be the trip of a lifetime!

Here are some of popular New Years Resolutions and how a hiking or biking trip to Ireland will fulfil them: 

Get more exercise.

Hiking Dingle way Ventry Beach new years resolution

Hiking along Dingle’s beautiful Ventry Beach.

This is one of the most popular New Years Resolutions of all time – and also, unfortunately, one that often starts with great intentions before sliding back into previous habits. However, it’s easier to achieve this New Years Resolution by making an end goal to strive towards. Many people trying to get more exercise in the New Year often resolve to sign up for a race which is a good goal, but not everyone’s cup of tea.

A better way to motivate and reward yourself for exercising in the new year is to sign up for an active holiday. Think about it. You could simply sign up for Strava and try to walk or run or bike a few times a week, maybe try to run a 5k in a few months. OR, you could sign up hiking or biking trip this summer. This time when you sign up for Strava, you can proudly clock up those miles as you get in shape for your upcoming holiday! And don’t worry – you won’t just be walking. On your Irish holiday, you’ll learn about Irish mythology and history, taste the delicious cuisine, visit adorable villages, check out ancient archaeology!

Obviously, pick a trip to match your activity level. Beginning hikers may want to join our NEW Wicklow Way hiking trip.

Be healthier.

Yoga cycling biking Ireland new years resolution

Combine yoga and cycling in Ireland.

Resolving to be healthier might comprise of keeping better eating habits, making lifestyle changes or losing weight. As above, all of these factors are much more easily accomplished with a goal in mind.

After increasing your weekly exercise levels, you still may want to modify your eating habits to eat better and more balanced meals, get more sleep, reduce your stress levels with yoga or similar techniques, as well as make other lifestyle changes that will help to improve your fitness and overall health. Pick up yoga and other wellness exercises and then reward yourself with a biking and yoga holiday on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way! Now that’s a reward!

Learn a new skill.

learn Kayaking new years resolution

Take a chance and learn a new skill, like kayaking in Ireland!

This is another popular one. Some people have a specific skill in mind, but many people simply want to try something new and keep learning. If active skills are your thing, you might like to learn to kayak. For this reason we have our Hiking & Kayaking Escape in northwestern Ireland. Or try your hand at biking on our gentle Connemara & the Aran Islands trip which combines another popular New Years Resolution (learn a new language) – the Aran Islands are one of the last bastions of Irish Gaelic.

As you’ll spend a few nights island retreat, rub shoulders and learn a few new words! (Hint: Hello is dia duit and thanks is go raibh maith agat, pronounced ‘go mila ma-get’). Sometimes it’s the little things that count. Learn about woodworking on a hiking trip in Dingle or cheese on an island-hopping trip in Cork.

Enjoy life to its fullest.

Hiking Carrantuohil Kerry

Summit Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohil!

This can be achieved in many ways, and is probably one of the most fun New Years Resolutions! Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean it’s easy to keep as life tends to get in the way. So this year, visit someplace new and unexpected, try your hand at picking up new skills or revisit old ones. Meet new people, make new friends, visit new places.

An easy and fun way to make this happen is to join a group trip where you’ll travel with a small group of like-minded individuals (8 max) through the beautiful countryside of the Emerald Isle. By leaving the preparations up to us, you’ll be able to focus solely on relaxing and having a great time, instead of worrying how to get to your hotel, find a great restaurant, or pick the best hike to visit the island’s great outdoor wonders. Make the most of this year’s vacation time!

Spend more time with family.

Biking Wild Atlantic Way family adventure

A family adventure biking along part of the Wild Atlantic Way!

It’s easy to say you want to privilege family time, but it’s not always easy to make that happen as we tend to fall back into old habits even with the best intentions. Sometimes the best way to make the most of family time is to think big – book a family holiday where you leave the logistics and reservations up to us.

By booking in advance, you and your family will have an exciting adventure to look forward to! And in the meantime, you can get out and prepare for your active holiday as a family – shore up those biking skills, log more hiking and walking time, or even try kayaking! Hopefully you’ll find new hobbies to take up as a family when you return home.

 

Get off the screens!

Surfing Wild Atlantic Way Ireland

Surfing along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Whether this be TV, computer, tablet or phone, we can’t get through one day in our world today without screens. Though we can’t get rid of them, we can at least try reducing our screen time. Replace couch-surfing with actual surfing! Well ok, that might be a bit much (though northwest Ireland is called the Surf Coast for good reason!) but we can replace the TV with a bit of real-life exploration. Go off the grid and get out for a walk or jog, explore the world on two wheels or hit the waves!

Don’t just look at that beautiful landscape on Instagram or that cool mountain climbing video on Facebook or that travel programme on your living room TV – get out and make that happen! Connemara to the Cliffs of Moher is the perfect trip for those looking to get off the screens and find picturesque scenes – from the dramatic clifftops to the alien-like Burren to the rugged Aran Islands, this trip has a little bit of everything – and its remoteness means you probably won’t be able to get too much screen time even if you wanted to (which of course you don’t).

Bike more.

Biking Connemara Sky Road

Biking along Connemara’s Sky Road is just one of Ireland’s amazing places to discover on two wheels!

Every year, people all over the world resolve to use their bikes more. Whether this stems from wanting to increase exercise, use green energy and reduce their carbon footprint, spend time with others in an outdoor setting, spend less on gas, get out their comfort zone, or slow down and see the world, this is a great goal to have. Sadly, though this resolution sees a solid effort in January and another uptick in July thanks to the Tour de France, most people fall out of habit too quickly.

However, booking a bike tour works as a carrot at the end of the stick – motivating you to keep up your biking habits regularly so you’re in shape for your biking adventure! Bike through the rugged, forgotten world of Donegal or maybe try our new Kerry Peninsulas to visit Ireland’s beloved Kerry region in a new perspective. This is also a great excuse to finally buy that new bike you’ve been eying! You’ll love exploring the magical Irish countryside on two wheels, wind in your face and sun (or rain!) on your back.

Travel.

Hiking the mountains of Kerry

Hiking Ireland’s wilds in Kerry’s lesser-known high points!

Okay, this one is obvious to see why a holiday to Ireland will fulfill this resolution. But it might not be so obvious to see why this resolution is hard to keep. Unfortunately, many people resolve to travel more and visit exciting and exotic places but then external factors make that hard to do. Perhaps finances get in the way (saving for that rainy day!), maybe family obligations hold you back, or you simply can’t take time away from work. Or perhaps it’s simpler than that, and organising a trip – especially an active holiday – just seems daunting.

Holidays are proven to reduce work stress and increase productivity. It’s good to spend time with your family outside of your normal life, and by joining a scheduled trip or requesting a tailor-made trip, you won’t have to stress about the preparations. And you’ll get to visit a new country, broaden your horizons and explore the world! And hey, we only live once, right! What have you got to lose?!

Here are a few trips to get you excited about your New Years Resolutions

Trip Date Price Availability Book
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry 6th Jun - 12th Jun 2020 €1,9106 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking - The Wicklow Way 27th Jun - 4th Jul 2020 €1,8707 place(s) leftBook Now
Deluxe Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas 27th Jun - 3rd Jul 2020 €2,6008 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry 11th Jul - 17th Jul 2020 €1,9107 place(s) leftBook Now
Bike Tour - Connemara & the Aran Islands 25th Jul - 31st Jul 2020 €2,2008 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry 22nd Aug - 28th Aug 2020 €1,9108 place(s) leftBook Now
Deluxe Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas 29th Aug - 4th Sep 2020 €2,6007 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry 5th Sep - 11th Sep 2020 €1,9106 place(s) leftBook Now

Meet the Author: Dawn Rainbolt

“American by birth but European in spirit, Dawn has called the US, Costa Rica, Spain, England, Poland, France and now Ireland home over the years. While she has travelled to more than 30 countries, she has fallen in love with the rich Irish culture and sweeping landscapes of Ireland. Armed with a Masters Degree in Tourism Marketing and a love of writing and photography, she is Wilderness Ireland's Marketing Executive since 2017.”

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