How to get a grip on the New Year (before it arrives)

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New year, new you… its a sentiment we’d all like to see come true but many of us fall into the trap of flying into the New Year without a plan of action, eventually finding ourselves at the end of January feeling much the same as we did the month before. So, how to change that!? Here’s how to get a grip on the New Year before it arrives, so that you’re all set for a stellar 2016!

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Book that Trip

…because we both know you just needed a sign. WELL, this is it. Booking a trip a reasonable time in advance is not only practical as it gives you time to plan (a process of which is enjoyable in itself), but it will also save you a tonne of cash. Airfares only increase the closer you get to the date (save for a few spontaneous flight sales which run for low and shoulder seasons) and you can also score great deals on hotels when booking early bird rates. It pays to have something to look forward to and what better way to do that than to book a trip to your dream destination, set your savings goal, and go at it full force. Remember, those excuses about not having time and not being able to save are just that — excuses. You can do it!

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Can’t afford to travel? Reminisce

Okay so lets come back to solid ground and be realistic for a second… we can’t always be off adventuring, but I have good news for you, we can always reminisce on travels past! One of my favourite things to do each year is compile all the snaps from that year’s adventures, go crazy at a craft store buying all the pretty things, and pull it all together in a travel scrapbook showcasing the best moments of that year. If you’re feeling super generous (as this is quite a length task an a labour of love), you could even make a travel scrapbook for a friend or family member – what nicer gift to receive than something handmade!?

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Invest in a Daily Planner

One of the biggest downfalls we face in productivity is not being able to clearly sort out and prioritise all of our tasks in our heads. As an avid list maker, I’ve learned there is no better way to get a grip on your time schedule and increase your productivity levels than to invest in a daily planner! You can purchase this gorgeous daily planner from Graphic Image.

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Invest in some daily inspiration

Another investment I make at the end of each year is a handful of books to read for the holidays that will inspire me to live a more fulfilling year in the New Year. Some are daily mantras, some are books about places I love and some are lifestyle books that encourage a better way of living. Here are a few hot picks for this year:

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Have a “Spring” Clean

I’m not even sure if it is Spring anywhere in the world at Christmas, nor does that matter. A “spring” clean can be done at any time of the year, regardless of the season. One of the most refreshing things to do is to have a routine throw out where you put all of the things you haven’t worn in the past year (no matter how much you love them) in a bag and either A) donate them to charity or B) go to a local market and make some extra dollars for your travel fund.

Brooke Saward Bridestowe Tasmania

Read a bunch of Motivational Blog posts

…No but really. The thing I love most about the internet is that there is endless inspiration out there for you to get your eyes on and soak it all in. Equally the thing I hate most is actually finding that great content. Here’s a few to get you started: 29 Things to Remember for the New Year // How to be Driven, Satisfied and Happy at the same time // How to “think happy”.

Motivational Books to feel good about yourself

Read A Bunch of Books to make you Feel Good About Yourself

…Again, really. Sometimes you just need an endless source of inspirational quotes, thoughts to get your mind active and off another topic or hey, just a book that tells you to be a unicorn. These 10 books will make you feel good about yourself and give you the inspiration you need for a killer 2016!


Be Realistic about Detoxes and be fair to your body

One of the most common ways to kickstart the New Year is to try a detox or start a new diet. While this is all well and good, a better approach to your health is to always make healthy decisions, not just yo-yo between diets and especially fad diets. Instead, try to implement more fruit + vegetables into your diet and drink plenty of water. For examples, see these healthy, delicious and easy smoothies to make or try an Acai breakfast bowl!


Find a Quote you love, Frame it & Live by it

Having an every day mantra for the year has for as long as I can remember been my “go to” thought whenever things go wrong or I just need to refocus. Last year mine was “it could always be worse”, this year mine was “just say yes” and next year I’m rolling with “shake it off”. You can purchase this print from Chicfetti.

Wishing you all an amazing 2016 and can’t wait to share it with you! Chat to me on twitter to keep in touch!

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    December 27, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Really neat list!

    It’s time for me do go find my daily planner, write out my resolutions for 2016 and plan out stuff (also a list lover here) :).

    First thing I have to do is some spring cleaning.

    Happy Holidays!

    December 25, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Nice list ! 🙂

    The Dame Intl
    December 25, 2015 at 1:34 am

    I’ve been strongly getting the word “JOY” in my mind recently. The message is to find joy in every day and to be joyful and spread joy in 2016. This feels very important, so I’m going to take your last point’s advice 🙂

    December 24, 2015 at 5:29 am

    What a beautiful list! For someone who is planner obsessed, I love investing in a new calendar every January and taking a few hours to fill in all my exciting plans for the year – travel included! In fact, last year, that’s how the hubby and I decided we’d be taking a trip to Paris (that, and lots of travel blog inspiration). By the way, I just had to say that I love your blog and I nominated you for the Premio Dardos Awards: Happy Holidays!  – Julia

    Laura Mareno
    December 23, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Love this post so much! So motivational! kisses:D

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    December 23, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Love your list! Happy new year 🙂

    December 23, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    They are such a wonderful ideas. I would really enjoy / appreciate a trip right now!!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    December 23, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I definitely needed this post! I haven’t booked any overseas travel for 2016 (a first for me), so may need to get on that sooner rather than later!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

    December 23, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Loved this post! I’ve recently started to enjoy reading inspirational posts and motivational books so thank you for the recommendations! Looking forward to taking some of these tips on board before the new year! x

    December 23, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I absolutely love these tips! Especially the last one, having a mantra to go to when things go wrong sounds like a great way to stay positive.
    Kelly xx

    December 23, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Good tips, thank you for sharing! I already made no# 1 happen. I booked a trip for mid-January, just to have something fun to look forward to in the bleakest month of the year – in my opinion.

    Michael Taylor
    December 23, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I agree that buying a daily planner is a great idea for anyone serious about travel and travel blogging. The next step is to check out what’s happening in the year to come. Are there any holidays or festivals you would like to take part in – or perhaps avoid, as it might lead to higher hotels prices? You can often avoid elevated air ticket prices if you leave a couple of days early or travel on the holiday itself. The planner also can be a useful permanent reference of the places you stayed and ate at and the things that you can refer to later. Just make sure you don’t leave it behind at one of the hotels you stayed at as I did on a recent trip to Bali.

      Michael Taylor
      December 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      typo … and the things YOU DID that you can refer to later.

    December 23, 2015 at 10:21 am

    My trip to Iceland is booked, motivational books are loaded on my tablet, and I’ve been making smoothies for breakfast every morning. Bring on the New Year!

    December 23, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I really loved this post – after developing a sudden, relatively irrational fear of flying following years of being happy to get on a plane without a second thought, I’m hoping 2016 will be the year I conquer it and can start travelling again as it’s definitely been missing from my life. I’m booking on to a Flying with Confidence course, and then I will DEFINITELY be booking that trip I’ve been wanting to take for some time as recommended.

    Also, that daily planner is beautiful! I’ve decided that next year I’ll be investing in a diary rather than relying on my phone, and I’m trying to find a way to justify the purchase ha!

    Have a lovely Christmas, and I look forward to reading about your adventures in 2016 🙂

    Steph xx
    Oh Steph

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    December 23, 2015 at 8:15 am

    You shared lot of food item and travel packing system.

    Travelblogger Lisa
    December 23, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Great Post!

    Have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

    Lisa – Joy Della Vita Travelblog

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    December 23, 2015 at 7:43 am

    baby where you gone,,,Very nice and informative Presentation.. Some excellent tips there. thank you.