Instead of dragging yourself onto the elliptical machine, or vowing to cut down on the booze, make a New Year’s resolution you’ll actually enjoy keeping: a travel plan. There are plenty of trip-tempting events this year, from the U.S. National Park Service centennial celebration to world-class athletic competitions in Brazil. You’ll also find new neighborhoods making a name for themselves in big cities, and places where you can escape from it all.
What travel resolution are you most likely to keep this year? Take this quiz to find out!
Hike in Banff National Park
The mountains are calling! Canada’s oldest national park is one of the most scenic spots on the continent, and the best way to see it is on foot. Hit the 1,000+ miles of trail to see elk grazing in alpine meadows, crystalline blue glacier lakes and historic teahouses on Lake Louise.
Nearest Airport: YYC
Best Time to Go: July–mid-September
Do a Ruin Bar Crawl in Budapest
Yesterday’s deserted buildings are today’s hipster hangouts in Budapest. The city’s ruin bars have transformed abandoned Cold War-era parking lots, repair shops and tenements into trendy, eclectically decorated bars. Join an organized tour or blaze your own bar crawl trail.
Nearest Airport: BUD
Best Time to Go: September–November
(Photo: David Moss)
Go Dune-Bashing in the Desert
Sand on sand on sand. It doesn’t take long to leave the skyscrapers of Dubai behind and find yourself surrounded by the dunes of the Al Hibab Desert. Crank up the adrenaline on a roller-coaster-esque 4x4 vehicle ride that charges over the dunes and carves donuts in the golden sand.
Nearest Airport: DXB Best Time to Go: October–April
Tee Off in Golf’s Birthplace
The true golf pilgrimage is a trip to the sport’s home: Scotland. There are more than 500 golf courses to play, from seaside links to wooded parklands. Stay in the manor house and play the two 18-hole James Braid-designed courses at Dalmahoy Golf & Country Club.
Nearest Airport: EDI
Best Time to Go: May–September
(Photo: Marriott International)
Get Off the Strip
The most buzzed about spot in Vegas isn’t the fountains or a pool party. It’s Downtown Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience. Here you can zipline off a giant slot machine, take a tequila shot with a scorpion in it and see a slab of the real Berlin Wall.
Nearest Airport: LAS
Best Time to Go: All year
Crash a Fashion Week Party
Join the beautiful people who descend on Milan twice a year for Fashion Week. Rub well-dressed shoulders with celebrities and models at runway shows, designer parties or one of the city’s A-list clubs for an all-night after party. Just make sure you dress the part.
Nearest Airport: MXP
Best Time to Go: February and September
Film a Machu Picchu GoPro Video
No matter how many photos you see of Machu Picchu, you won’t be prepared for how spectacular the real thing is. Pick up a GoPro camera from the JW Marriott® hotel in Cusco, then hop a train to the World Heritage site. You may even get a lucky llama photobomb.
Nearest Airport: CUZ
Best Time to Go: May–September
Learn to Meditate in Bali
Find your niszala, or zen, on the southern tip of Bali. Settle into a seated position on a pristine white beach, close your eyes and listen to the soft sound of the surf, and just breathe as you’re guided through a meditation. Simple, blissful and completely serene.
Nearest Airport: DPS
Best Time to Go: April–October
Campaign for Your Candidate in Iowa
Visit Iowa in 2016 to campaign for your favorite presidential candidate. Plan your trip to coincide with the primary caucuses on February 1 or the general election on November 8. Or visit in August for the Iowa State Fair — there’s sure to be lots of hand shaking by the famous butter cow.
Nearest Airport: DSM
Best Time to Go: February, August or November
Celebrate the National Parks in Moab
Celebrate 100 years of national parks with an outdoor adventure in Moab, Utah — home to two national parks. Hike the red rocks in Arches National Park. Then, climb to the Island in the Sky at Canyonlands National Park. Enjoy views of the Colorado River with small-town hospitality.
Nearest Airport: CNY
Best Time to Go: August
Find Your Travel Resolution
Take this quiz to find out which travel experiences you should put on your list this year.