8 New Year resolutions for 2019 & how to keep them

“New year, new me.” “This is the year I’ll get my sh*t together.” “I mean it this time!”

Sound familiar? No matter if you believe in them or not, with a new year comes new resolutions & intentions for most of us.

However, whatever you have in mind, from learning something new to getting fit to spending more quality time with your loved ones, research shows that around 80% of resolutions fail by mid-February.

But how can you get your resolutions to stick? It’s suggested that setting a goal can help you stick to it, such as a race or event. But how about booking yourself a holiday that combines both the intention AND time to relax? Not only will you get the chance to work on your resolution, it’ll also give you a great goal (and reward!) to aim towards.

So here are eight common New Year’s resolutions and goals to help you keep them.

1. Work out more, get fit & feel great!

Women's fitness group make heart sign for cameraJoin Steve & his team for personalised fitness sessions & health workshops on this great value women’s only fitness holiday in the sunny Algarve, Portugal. Use it to kick start your new health regime or as inspiration to take it up a notch. Whatever your goal, be sure to find like-minded women looking to relax, enjoy themselves and get fit!

Find out more about this women’s fitness & weight loss holiday in Portugal.

2. Embrace a healthier lifestyle

yoga students practise while watching sunrise in GreeceAnyone & everyone is welcome to join this enriching yoga retreat on the Greek island of Santorini with world-class instructors. The team at the retreat are usually based in Fuerteventura where they run wellness retreats year round and with constant 5-star guest reviews, it’s safe to say they don’t just talk the talk, they walk it too. Discover the incredible benefits of yoga from the best instructors around.

Click here to read find out more about this yoga retreat in Santorini.

3. Learn something new

Rolling bread dough on wooden table covered in flourBread baking is an art but that doesn’t mean it has to be a chore & hard to master. Visit Mike & Lydia in their micro-bakery in the heart of Andalucia, Spain, where they’ll show you how to perfect the ultimate sourdough loaf & fresh baguettes as well as croissants and pain au chocolat.

Find out more about this artisan bread baking course in Spain.

4. Find a new creative hobby

women holding mosaic art works in the sunYou’ll take home more than just a creative skills from this creative break. Learn to create your own mosaic artwork with artist Dan, which you can take home with you, then join relaxing Hatha yoga sessions in the morning for a rejuvenating creative break near Murcia.

Find out how to combine art and yoga in Spain.

5. Spend more time with friends & family

group of people say cheers overlooking sea in ItalyGot a special birthday to celebrate? Just want a chance to get away together? Let host Fabrizio & his team of local friends and family welcome you to the unspoilt Italian region of Abruzzo and create your ideal group holiday. Join real Italian mammas for cooking lessons, wine tastings in working vineyards & much more.

Click here to read more about this cooking holiday in Italy.

6. Do something more exciting

yoga students hanging during aerial yoga sessionEver heard of aerial yoga? Liven up your yoga practice or try something totally different on this surf holiday in the town of Ericeira on Portugal’s Atlantic coast near Lisbon. Combine both sports for the ultimate core workout and the chance to try something really different.

Read more about aerial yoga in Portugal.

7. Self-improvement & mindfulness

woman strokes white horse in fieldDid you know that horse riding and yoga work together to provide a powerful wellbeing experience? Equine therapy has been known to assist with greater mental focus and emotional resilience and you will be guided by experts in the field. And let’s not forget the further benefits of horse riding, working on balance and body alignment.

Find out more about this mindful horse riding holiday here.

8. Do something different

men truffle hunting in woods with dogsLooking for something to up your cooking game? Maybe you’ve got the basics of Italian cooking sorted and want to move to the next step? Well now you can view Italian cooking in a completely different way – forage in the woods with a local guide & his dog for fresh truffles then heads back to chef Fabrizio’s kitchen to create a menu based around this magic ingredient.

Read more about this truffle hunting holiday in Tuscany.


Happy new year and all the best for 2019 for the team here at NotInTheGuidBooks.com.