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.”
If you’ve been down that resolution path (and who hasn’t?), you know the drill. You begin with an earnest proclamation of intent while standing by the chip bowl at a New Year’s Eve party—“I’ll lose 20 pounds! I’ll run a marathon! I’ll never order fried cheese again!” But once you get back to your usual life’s routine, those ambitions fizzle like day-old champagne. No surprise: a University of Washington study found that almost half of us have ditched our resolutions before March. Check out the New Year's Resolution Trips Slideshow
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.
World's Top Geek Hotels
World's Strangest Holiday Traditions
World's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions
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. If nothing else, the memories of a great trip will periodically remind you that there’s more to life than fried cheese. —Katrina Brown Hunt
The cool conditions that settled over the western United States this past week will give way to a warming trend and an elevated fire danger during the final days of September.
Despite the start of astronomical fall, ongoing heat from the central United States will spread toward the Atlantic coast into next week.
As Germans head to the polls for Sunday’s parliamentary vote, umbrellas will be needed for residents from Munich and Dresden to Hamburg.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes on the Indonesian island of Bali due to fears of Mount Agung potentially erupting.
While Maria still has the potential to wander close to the United States, the core of the hurricane may remain offshore through next week.
Mold, especially toxic black mold, growth is a big concern after a flood.
A budding tropical depression is expected to cause seas to build and raise the risk for flooding downpours in southern Mexico through the weekend.