It’s officially 2022! Like many of you, we have been busy looking within to evaluate and set our intentions for the upcoming year. As flyers begin traveling more frequently and booking their first big trips since the pre-pandemic days, many might be considering setting some travel resolutions. Here are App in the Air’s 5 New Year’s resolution ideas travelers can set out to achieve in 2022:
Do your research.
When planning your next big trip, it can be easy to get lost in the overwhelming amount of greenwashing that’s out there. By putting in a little extra research, you can ensure the companies you trust to travel with are eco-friendly and verifiably do right by their people, land and local communities. One way to do this is by looking for real certifications such as B-Corp, that do the work for you to evaluate a business at every level of operations. Before choosing where to go, you may consider researching destinations that currently need support. You may also consider using a travel agent that prioritizes environmental impact. Finally, prioritize locally-run experiences by native people and small businesses in the destinations you visit.
Leave no trace.
While traveling, look out for new ways to minimize your carbon footprint and leave no trace. Invest in reusable travel items, pick up after yourself and respect the land around you. Finally, look for ways in which you can minimize your carbon footprint through offsetting programs. For example, when you book your flights through App in the Air, App in the Air works with nonprofit One Tree Planted to fully offset the emissions of your flight through a tree planting operation. You can even offset your past flights and truly become a fully carbon-neutral flier.
While the world still adjusts to COVID-19 changes, staffing shortages, unpredictable weather and more, minimize your stress and frustration for upcoming travels by being as prepared as possible. App in the Air can help you stay up to date with all the latest COVID-19 policies before you go, it can even help you measure your luggage size to avoid conflict in the airport. Check-in before you go, arrive early, keep your flight information organized and give yourself extra time on every leg of the trip.
Roll with the Punches.
Even with careful preparation, travelers may need to accept that we are still in the age of unpredictability and nothing is ever set in stone. With that said, take a step back and enjoy the little things that might often be taken for granted. Recognize that travel is truly a journey and enjoy every step of it — even the punches. While it can be stressful at times, remember the worth and joy of travel to keep yourself grounded and grateful when things don’t turn out perfect.
Prioritize Your Dreams.
As you decide where to go in 2022, remember that time and money are limited. Think about the destinations and cultures you have always dreamed of experiencing, discover new dreams, and never give up on turning those dreams into reality.
Happy New Year from the App in the Air team!