Consider these travel resolutions for 2012

Every new year I aspire to travel more, to broaden my horizons and experience something new, something off the beaten path. Some years I succeed; other times I don’t.

This time around I’ve made travel resolutions, inspired, in part, by the folks at Kensington Tours, a Wilmington, Del.-based company that offers customized and private guided tours to 90 countries. I’ve never traveled with Kensington (recently named among the World’s Best by Travel & Leisure Magazine) but I found the company’s suggestions for travel resolutions inspiring. They are:

Invest in Your Travel Dreams. “If it’s worth going, it’s worth saving for,” Kensington says. Resolve to stash money away each month to save up for your dream vacation, wherever that may be.

Where the Wild Things Are: Put Endangered Animals on Your List. Resolve to see endangered animals now — from the orangutans of Indonesia to black rhinos in East Africa — and then find the inspiration to help turn the tide against their disappearance.

Don’t Just ‘Fly & Flop’ This Year, Get Experiential. Forget the all-inclusive resort at the beach. Instead, immerse yourself in the local culture of your destination. Resolve to spend time with the locals and enrich your travel experience.

Take Inspiration from A Book Or Song That Has Moved You: Resolve to jump off your favorite page this year. Hemingway destinations abound –Paris, Spain, Cuba, Africa and Michigan. Hit the road to the Petoskey-Harbor Springs area and explore the landscape of Nick Adams.

Change Your Life With A Sacred Pilgrimage. Resolve to get spiritual. The tour company recommends exploring Israel, home to three of the world’s religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Or India’s Bodh Gaya, where Buddha achieved enlightenment. Says Kensington: “A trip of this kind is bound to give you a new perspective on your own life.”

Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.