Do something new in 2015! A look at some unusual new years resolutions you'll want to stick to!

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New Year’s Resolutions are sooo restrictive – drink less, run more, eat less cake... But one way to guarantee you’ll stick to them long after your Christmas tree’s come down is to ensure they are something to look forward to.

Be a Genghis Khan Warrior in Mongolia

“With so many fascinating and unusual ways to learn or do something new, why stick to the same old resolutions."

New Year’s Resolutions are sooo restrictive – drink less, run more, eat less cake... But one way to guarantee you’ll stick to them long after your Christmas tree’s come down is to ensure they are something to look forward to.

Managing director Justin Francis says, “With so many fascinating and unusual ways to learn or do something new, why stick to the same old resolutions. We’ve handpicked some holidays which allow you to dip your toe into a new skill or activity – this year’s resolutions could really revolutionise 2015!”

Genghis Khan Warrior training
Training to be a Mongol warrior is probably the oldest new thing you can learn in 2015 – picking up battle skills dating back over eight centuries.

With old school battles back in fashion (see: Game of Thrones, the Hobbit), now’s the time to brush up on your own traditional warrior skills. And who better to base them on than the original conqueror: Genghis Khan. Our Genghis Khan Warrior Training holiday in Mongolia means doing something new actually involves doing something very, very old. Learn skills dating back 800 years, including learning to shoot a bow and arrow, lassoing horses out on the Steppe, and how to light fires to confuse your enemy. We give a big battle cry of approval to this trip.

Learn Spanish & walk the Camino de Santiago
Learning a language on holiday is one way to ensure you won’t skive off your studies – morning classes are followed with real-life practise on the ancient route of the Camino.

Every year you go to Europe and promise yourself you’ll spend more time studying Spanish/Italian/French before your next trip – but somehow indefinite articles and verb conjugations are less inspiring once you’re no longer sipping vino in a sunlit piazza. Learning a language on holiday is one way to ensure you won’t skive off your studies. Why not Learn Spanish while walking the Camino de Santiago? You can learn how to order food in the morning – then head out to practise in a restaurant at lunchtime. It’s a lot more fun than listening to podcasts on your commute – AND you’ll actually learn something. Buenisimo!

Walk in Finland
Walking may not fit in with your idea of “something new” – but how about walking from hut to hut along the Finland-Russia border, a land filled with bears, wolverines – and plenty of saunas.

Walking may not fit in with your idea of “something new” – but how about walking from hut to hut in Finland’s Wild Taiga region? There are bound to be new experiences as you trek the Russian border, whether that’s your first time out in the wilderness, your first ever lakeside sauna (beer in hand, Finnish-style) or your first time canoeing past reindeer. The long daylighthours mean you can take a post-dinner stroll through the forest – at 11pm! Though the level of adventure is high, the flat trails are a minimal challenge, so as long as you’re moderately fit you’ll be fine. Though it may have the added, welcome side effect of encouraging you to get in shape to ensure you make the most of your holiday!

What else is new?
Cycle around an ancient UNESCO city, kayak across a Croatian lake or learn to salsa on the streets of Havana – just how many resolutions are we allowed to make, we wonder?! Get inspired...

See Jordan by bike
If you’ve always wanted to take up cycling but are continually demotivated by the chill, drizzle, and short-tempered drivers, why not get on your bike in a destination that has none of these: Petra. Our Petra & Wadi Rum cycling holiday combines gentle cycling with hardcore history, as you cruise around the ancient UNESCO city. You’ll have chance to stretch your legs – and your bikers’ bum – with a float in the Dead Sea, a snorkel in the Red Sea, and a mooch around hilltop villages set against a backdrop of olive groves. You’ll have pumped up your leg muscles without even noticing!

Get active in Montenegro
If you like the idea of a trying out a hiking, kayaking or cycling holiday, but are not confident enough to book a specialist tour, our Active holiday in Montenegro lets you try your hand at all of those – spending as much or as little time on each as you like. Throw in a spot of birdwatching, wild swimming and wine tasting – and you can tick a whole selection of new activities off your New Year’s Resolutions list.

Cruise around Scotland
If you thought a cruise was a 5,000-strong floating city where the ship was the focus of the holiday... we’ve got some lovely surprises in store for you. Such as cruising around the Isle of Mull and the west coast of Scotland with just ten other shipmates. The giant white cruise liners are a dystopian nightmare compared to this quaint, wooden, floating home, which will take you up close to quirky rock formations, birdlife and local dolphins. Shore visits allow for strolls along deserted sands, browsing local seafood markets and the chance to visit places with storybook names – Iona, Tobermory and Calgary Bay.

Learn to cook in Italy
If the festive excess has left you wanting to dish up more homecooked food in 2015, an Umbrian cooking holiday will add a healthy kick to your list of resolutions... aperitifs, cheese tasting and pizza night notwithstanding. This gourmet tour is based on a farm and includes plenty of leisure time to visit the surrounding towns and historical sites, as well as the markets where you’ll be stocking up on produce. It can also be tailored to vegetarians and vegans – perfect if you’re planning a meat-free 2015.

Salsa in Havana
If Strictly has inspire you to shake your booty – and not just after a few too many glasses of mulled wine – how about heading to Cuba for a salsa dancing holiday? Havana moves seductively to its own Latino beat – even the most reluctant of dancers will find their feet tapping as they walk the music-filled streets. Afternoon classes in the privacy of your hotel leave you time to break out your moves in the local bars and nighclubs, meeting charismatic Cubanos as you go. What’s more – it’s an excellent way to keep fit, yet so much more appealing than wrapping up for a frosty January jog.

Kayak around Croatia
If you’re looking to try something in 2015 with your whole family in tow, we recommend a family sea kayaking holiday in Croatia. Kids as young as six can pick up paddle skills, as you potter from island to island in the safe hands of an experienced guide. Based on an island with no traffic, you can snorkel, visit ancient churches and lounge on the beach in between excursions – perhaps a bit of peaceful family time is also something that needs to be on your list of resolutions.

For more advice and help in planning your next holiday contact our team of experts on 01273 823700 or on rosy@responsibletravel.com

Find out more at http://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays

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About responsibletravel.com
responsibletravel.com is the world's leading online travel agent for responsible holidays and a pioneer of responsible tourism. Started in 2001 with backing from Dame Anita Roddick of The Body Shop the site's mantra is 'travel like a local'. It sells holidays that are about more than just a brief stay somewhere - instead it is travel that offers a real connection with the people, the landscape, the culture, the food and the environment. It offers over 7,500 responsible holidays from over 3,000 holiday providers which all support communities and conservation. Handpicked local specialists provide authentic holidays for those seeking adventure, cultural or active experiences worldwide in destinations as diverse as Ethiopia - http://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/ethiopia, Andalucia - http://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/andalucia, and the USA - http://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/usa.

In addition responsibletravel.com:

  • is quickly becoming the leading online publisher of responsible tourism content with an expanding portfolio of 130 travel guides by February 2015.
  • founded and organises The World Responsible Tourism Awards, celebrating 11 years at World Travel Market this year.
  • campaigns for positive change in the travel and tourism industry.

CEO Justin Francis has been included in Courvoisiers The Future 500, Thames and Hudsons 60 Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future and taken his place on the Advisory Board of The International Centre for Responsible Tourism at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The company is based in Brighton's North Laine district, England.

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