Lizzie Dragon
by Lizzie Dragon
Posted December 30, 2020

The long-awaited year of 2021 has finally arrived, which means it’s time yet again to make a new years resolution. However, research has shown that January 19 is doomsday for many resolutions. And, of 50% of adults making resolutions in the US, less than 10% of them keep them for more than a few months. Bummer, right?

We know how hard it can be to keep your resolution, whatever it may be this year, so we’re here to help!

We dive into the three top resolutions:

  1. Be More Active

  2. Travel More

  3. Spend Less

Goodbye 2020, and hello self-improvement! Here are some trips you can take based on and in support of your New Year’s Resolution.

1. Be More Active

If being more active this year is your goal, you’re not alone. 45.59% of Americans are prioritizing their health this new year! This doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym every day. In fact, hiking is a great workout for the body, as well as the mind and soul. So skip the gym and hit the trails instead. Or if running is more your thing, we’ve got something for you too.

Hike into 2021

For our active adventurers, here are 3 trails worth a trip:

  1. Half Dome Hike
  2. Pikes Peak
  3. Kalalau Trail

Half Dome

Hit the Road to Yosemite National Park to hike one of the most iconic summits — Half Dome. Half Dome is 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley, so it’s not for those afraid of heights unless, of course, conquering your fear is one of your resolutions.

There are a few different routes to Half Dome, this hike ranges from 14 to 16 miles roundtrip, and on average takes anywhere from 10 to 12 hours to complete. Pass Vernal and Nevada Falls and Liberty Cap on your trek to Half Dome where you’ll embark on the climb up to the summit for panoramic views of Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra.

Pikes Peak

You can drive up to Pikes Peak, but if you’re up for a challenge, hike Barr Trail to the top. This hike is about 13-miles one way, which only makes the donuts at the top that much more worth it. Yes, I said donuts! Who doesn’t want to eat donuts while taking in the Colorado mountainscape at over 14,000 feet?

Kalalau Trail

For my beach-going adventurers, this Kalalau Trail in Hawaii is the one for you. Head to the island of Kauai in Hawaii where you can follow along the Nā Pali Coast from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach. A difficult trail, 11-miles one way, this trail may take two days. For that reason, you can go 2 miles into Hanakapi’ai valley, but past that you must possess a valid overnight camping permit.

Run through 2021

What better way to motivate yourself to run than having something you’re running towards? Maybe that’s a marathon or a vacation.

A Marathon

Has it always been a goal of yours to run a marathon? This could be your year! Vacation Races hosts organized running events every year at all the most breathtaking locations, from Zion to the Great Smoky Mountains. Sign up to run through the nation’s most beautiful national parks. Even I’m tempted, and I hate running!

A Vacation

For many, including myself, sticking to a workout routine on a vacation seems like an impossible feat. But, what if I told you that you could sign up for a vacation that combines daily exercise and adventure?

You can take a week-long, all-inclusive trip to the most beautiful places outside the US, from Patagonia to Iceland. These trips include daily runs, sight-seeing tours, and so much time to explore.

Want a shorter commitment? Trailfest and Vacation Race’s Wine Country Adventures are 3-day adventures that combine daily running and exploration.

2. Travel More

This year, many have had to put their travel plans on the back burner. Going into 2021, travel will still look a little different than in the past, but that’s okay! You may not be able to head out of the country and hop off the plane at Banff or Melbourne, but you can still see new places and new things in your country. The best and safest way to do this? An RV road trip!

 

If you want to mark some spots off your bucket list this year, a National Park road trip is sure to fill your 2021 with adventure and landscapes worth writing home about.

Two of the best states for an RV road trip are

  • Utah
  • California

Utah Road Trip

“The Mighty Five” are Utah’s 5 iconic National Parks:

  1. Arches National Park
  2. Bryce Canyon National Park
  3. Canyonlands National Park
  4. Capitol Reef National Park
  5. Zion National Park

Staying in Moab, Utah, you’ll be near Arches and Canyonlands. For an inside scoop on what to do in Moab, follow along Brandi Cyrus’ road trip diary. Leaving Moab, you can venture through Utah to Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and, finally, Zion.

California Road Trip

California is known for its beaches and big cities, like California and San Francisco, but did you know it is home to the most national parks? Live the California dream and road trip around the state to all nine national parks!

  1. Redwood National Park
  2. Lassen Volcanic National Park
  3. Yosemite National Park
  4. Kings Canyon National Park
  5. Sequoia National Park
  6. Pinnacles National Park
  7. Death Valley National Park
  8. Joshua Tree National Park
  9. Channel Islands National Park

Start in Redwood National Park and work your way to Channel Islands for the ultimate California RV road trip.

Multi-State Road Trip

If you want to make stops in both Utah and California, as well as the surrounding areas, follow Zoey Deutch’s Pacific Coast itinerary!

3. Spend Less

33.69% of Americans have money on the mind this new year. If you’re one of those trying to save or spend less money in 2021, you don’t have to give up everything. Limit how many trips you take to Starbucks or eat out less, but don’t let your resolution stop you from adventuring!

You can take an RV road trip without breaking the bank! So, if you’ve resolved to spend less money while also traveling more, you’re in luck. On a $500 budget, rent an RV and either, visit a state park or have a staycation!

 

State Park Trip

You don’t always have to travel far for a good adventure. Wherever you live, you can find a state park near you! Rent an RV near you, buy a state park pass, and take a weekend trip to a state park or two! This will get you into parks in your state all year.

An RV road trip to your local state park saves on fuel, meals, and hotel costs, especially if you boondock and cook your own food!

Staycation

Want to save even more money? Try a staycation! You can have an RV delivered right to your backyard or driveway. Throw yourself an RV party or just a little getaway this year! You deserve it.

Hello 2021

2020 came and went. Now it’s time to welcome in 2021! Whatever your resolution, you have a chance to bring some adventure into your new year. So, rent an RV and ride off into the sunset!

Lizzie Dragon

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