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10 Travel Resolutions for 2020

Posted: Thu, 2nd Jan 2020

As it’s the New Year, and travel and holidays in the Cotswolds are what we are all about, we’d like to share our Travel Resolutions for 2020 with you…and hope they inspire you to visit!

10 Travel Resolutions for 2020

1. Try something new…be intrepid!

We all have favourite cottages in the Cotswolds that we like to go back to year after year, but this year we’re going to try new ones in villages we’ve never been to before!

2. Look up from our devices

Smart devices of all sorts are so helpful, from guiding us in via Google Maps to searching for things to do. This year, however, we’re going to put them down more often and take more time to absorb the surroundings through our eyes and not see it through a screen. 

3. Use local information

Going back to the previous point… online searches for ‘things to do in the area’ can produce great ideas, but usually the owner of a cottage will have left their personal recommendations – nothing beats that insider knowledge, so we’re going to be sure we use that info when we go away.

4. Look at the sky

One of the great attractions of the Cotswolds is its remoteness and yet most parts are only a couple of hours from London. With that remoteness comes lack of light pollution and great night skies. So, we’re going to resolve to grab a blanket and get outside to do some local stargazing.

Travel resolutions 2020

5. If the weather’s bad… don’t mope

With all the rain we have had in the UK over the autumn and winter it would be easy for guests to feel a bit down in the mouth, but we have had lots of feedback saying how much the weather has forced guests, families in particular, to play more games inside, cook together, sign up for indoor activities or simply toughen up and get out in ‘the weather’ (sales of wellies must have gone up this year!!). If the weather continues in the same vein, we resolve to make the most of it too.

6. Meet the locals… go to the pub

This resolution’s not hard to stick to! We’re going to visit more local and independent pubs throughout the Cotswolds and try out locally brewed beer and locally produced gin.

7. If friends can’t make it… go anyway

We’ve all tried getting big groups together for reunions, it can be hard to manage with everyone having such busy lives. But this year we’re not going to let plans fall through because the whole group can’t make it, we’re going to choose a smaller property and have mini-group get-togethers.

8. Travel as sustainably as possible

It goes without saying that we want to support sustainable travel wherever possible. At home we know how to recycle but sometimes when we go away the habit gets dropped because we don’t know where to put the recycling. We’re resolving to make sure recycling information is clear in all our cottages so that guests don’t drop their recycle habit when they’re staying at a Bolthole Retreats Cotswold holiday rental.

We’d also like to encourage our cottage guest to:

9. Cook at ‘home’

Make a commitment to visit a local market, pick up some fresh and locally grown produce, take it back to the holiday rental and cook more meals than we usually do. By doing that we will support the local economy and eat more healthily! (All Bolthole Retreat holiday cottages are self-catering, with magnificent kitchens and dining areas.)

10. Have a travel savings account

Start a travel-only bank account (or set one up for children or grandchildren so they can follow in your footsteps!) and pay a small amount into each month. Keep a travel saving jar in the kitchen too, that way loose change can be thrown in… it adds up quickly!


We hope our travel resolutions inspire you to visit the Cotswolds, be in the moment and visit as sustainably as possible. Here’s to a very happy 2020!

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