Six ways to reduce and enjoy more of your travel in 2023, from saving money to reducing stress

Book a break that will offer long-term benefits, from sticking to a budget to feeling calmer. We have found 23 travel resolutions in total for 2023. Find out 12 ways to enjoy and five ways to take vacations with purpose.

Save money

House You can find a holiday that can start from as little as £5 a night all over the United Kingdom by choosing to camp instead of hotels. According to accommodation booking site pitchup.com, the average cost for two adults sharing a pitch with electricity was £28.37 in 2022 compared to £199.95 for a London hotel. Options for less than £50 a night include a camping pod at Orcaber Caravan and Camping Site in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and a camping pod at Lee Valley Camping and Caravan Park. pitchup.com

Outside Swapping houses with a stranger is not a new concept; the oldest organization, HomeLink (homelink.org), has been around since 1953. However, the cost of living crisis makes it more attractive. In the UK, HomeExchange recorded a 107% increase in exchanges in September 2021. Worldwide, they were up 53% in November compared to 2021. The site’s annual membership fee is £129 and exchanges they are free. homeexchange.com

Spend less time on your phone

Laggan, on the Ardnish Peninsular Scotland Image via Amelia Selby
Laggan, on the Ardnish Peninsula

House The Ardnish Peninsula might be just off the A830 near Fort William, but it’s remote. With evidence of ancient Pictish and Viking dwellings and a truly wild landscape, it has three places to stay, two of which are accessible only on foot and the third only by boat. Peanmeanach Bothy is the most basic (hike or kayak there), with no electricity or running water; Laggan’s two bedroom cottage has no electricity. Pack books or use the boat, but leave your devices at home. From £42 a night for six, ardnish.org

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Outside The 14th-century Eremito hermitage in Umbria, not far from Perugia, is now an elegantly simple quiet retreat. The rooms once used by hermits are comfortable but sparse: no phone, Wi-Fi, or TV. Guests gather for silent dinners each night, after spending the day reading, meditating, walking, or relaxing in the steam room. €270 (£238) per night all-inclusive, eremito.com

drink less

House By the time warmer weather arrives, the dry January resolutions may have dwindled. An island getaway without stepping on a plane might just be the tonic. The alcohol-free Somerton Lodge on the Isle of Wight in the village of Shanklin is five minutes from the beach and is well located for visiting Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House (once the home of Queen Victoria), as well as trips on the steam train. Doubles from £78, somertonlodge.es

Outside India has reinstated e-visas for UK travelers, making travel to the subcontinent a bit easier. Several states and holy cities, such as Gujarat and Varanasi, are officially dry, while others, such as Kerala, rarely see alcoholic beverages. In the palm-fringed state of Kerala, Calicut’s Harivihar Homestead Ayurveda center promises a focus on wellness, along with vegetarian food and refreshments. Kozhikode beach is within walking distance. Five days £425pp full board, excluding travel, authenticindiatours.com

reduce meat

House Learn how to pack a flavor-packed vegetarian diet at Little Brampton Barn in Shropshire Hills. Choose a level from beginner to proficient. Italian, Spanish, mezze, and Indian are among the course options, the latter featuring dishes typically cooked in family homes, such as tandoori paneer and red pepper kebabs. Combine the course with a break at the property’s newest place to stay – The Byre, due to open in 2023, is suitable for up to four people. Half day course from £65pp, littlebramptonbarn.es

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Outside Tasty, meat-free dishes are easy to find in India, where 81 percent of the population follow a diet with some meat restriction. Responsible Travel offers an eight-night vegan activity holiday in Kerala. You’ll see rainforest, waterfalls and tribal villages in the Western Ghats mountain range, with the possibility of spotting lion-tailed macaques. Mountain biking, a walking safari and a cooking demonstration are also on the menu. From £955 per person, not including flights. Tours are personalized, so they can start at any time, viajeresponsable.com

tread lighter

Harbor and Skyline of Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK.
St Peter Port, Guernsey (Photo: Getty)

House Book a vacation with a verified B Corp and you can be sure that your money will benefit local communities and the planet, as well as shareholders. Canopy & Stars have several new nature stays for 2023, including The Hay Barn on Dartmoor, Devon. Sleeping two, on a farm, it has a wood-fired sauna, open-air baths, and miles of nature to explore. Two nights self-catering from £295, canopyandstars.co.uk/haybarn

Outside Travel from London to Paris via Guernsey, Sark and St Malo on a “Long Way Round” overland itinerary. In Guernsey, enjoy the restaurants of St Peter Port, stop at Castle Cornet and visit Hauteville House, the former home of Victor Hugo. On a day trip to Sark, learn about the WWII era (during which it was occupied), go fishing, or follow the trail of the Royal Sark Militia. You will have two full days in Paris. From £1,482pp including double rooms on a bed and breakfast basis, discover-the-world.com

feel less stressed

House Head to Sark in the Channel Islands for a serene start to spring. The car-free island is hosting a women-only yoga retreat May 12-14. The practices take place in a circle of sacred stones; Accommodation is at the luxurious Stocks Hotel. £448pp full board with yoga and singing, beinspiredby.co.uk/sark-spring-23

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CANOE EXPEDITION IN THE YUKON WILDERNESS Canada Much Better Adventures Image via Lucy Hewson
See wildlife in the Yukon (Photo: Lucy Hewson)

Outside About half of Canada it’s covered in forests, so a trip here can be beneficial for mental health (as well as oxygen consumption: trees emit phytoncides, antimicrobial scents thought to benefit immunity). A 10-night Yukon canoe expedition will chart a strenuous but serene journey through the boreal landscape of Canada’s second least populated province, with wild camping and wildlife on the agenda. 10 days from £1,365pp excluding flights, muchmejoraventuras.com

For something less active, a 16th-century hammam will reopen in September in Istanbul after 12 years of work. Çinili Hamam will exhibit the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman artifacts discovered during the transformation. thecinilihamam.com