January always seems like a perfect opportunity to set or reassess your personal goals. Whether you'd like to travel more, break habits or make other positive changes in your life, the key to success is to set achievable goals that you can feel good about. Here are five realistic resolutions to get you started.
Say it: "This year, I promise to..."
1. ...Reconnect with Nature
Victoria is surrounded by lush temperate rainforest and towering ancient trees, perfect for hiking and walking. In the New Year, look to reconnect with nature and try a tailored hiking and meditation experience with The Natural Connection. Being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest after the stresses of the holidays will help you to to be more mindful and appreciate what is happening in the present moment.
You can also opt to embark on a private guided hike or walk with HikeVictoria.com, or take a family hike on one of the CRD Regional Trails. The CRD offers several guided outdoor experiences for a range of age groups, so even your little ones can get out and explore nature in 2017.
Image by Mark Vukobrat, HikeVictoria.com
2. ...Treat Myself
We often get bad cases of the January blues. One of the best cures for this is time at the spa. Treat yourself to a soothing, moisturizing facial at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa - they offer a number of different facial options including an organic anti-oxidant facial which is specifically developed to protect skin exposed to the winter elements.
The spa and pools at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel are always a treat. On a clear day, you'll be able to look out across the Salish Sea, toward the San Juan Islands and maybe even catch a glimpse of Mount Baker.
Image: The pool and spas at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
3. ...Explore More
What better place than Victoria to get out and explore? The Southern Gulf Islands are a truly unique and magical place to escape, explore and refresh. If you love all things vintage and retro, the WOODS on Pender Airstream caravans would be an ideal getaway. Each caravan is like a luxury apartment equipped with a kitchen, wifi and Apple TV; most also have a personal hot tub!
The Southern Gulf Islands are also the perfect place to explore via sea kayak, with lots of amazing wildlife viewing opportunities and beautiful sandy beaches to pull up on. Ocean River Adventures' three-day Saturna Island Exploration would be a great way to discover the island, learn about the area and have fun with new paddle friends.
Image: Private hot tub at WOODS on Pender. Photo by @localwanderer on Instagram
4. ...Look After My Mind and Body
Who doesn't want to start the New Year feeling refreshed and ready to face your goals? Fairmont Empress' Luxury Wellness Retreat would be an ideal way to kick start 2017. The hotel has teamed up with Catherine Roscoe Barr, founder of The Life Delicious, to help get you on track both physically and mentally.
You can also opt to take a wellness course with Sue Maitland, a certified life coach and founder of Best Rest of Your Life Coaching. In these courses, you will have the opportunity to learn, share and connect with others as you learn about self-care and how to achieve your goals.
Image: Inner Harbour kayaking in front of Fairmont Empress
5. ...Say Yes to Trying New Things
It's scary. It's uncomfortable. It's so, so worth it. In Victoria, there are lots of interesting activities and experiences that may be new to you.
Crag X Climbing Gym is a spectacular indoor climbing gym in downtown Victoria that will let you try climbing in a safe and supportive environment. The London Chef offers a variety of cooking classes including everything from Spanish tapas to Advanced Indian cuisine, where you can step up your cooking game or learn a new recipe. The Ogden Point Dive Centre offers introductory diving courses where you'll get underwater and explore sea life off the coast of Victoria.
Image: Kitchen and communal table at The London Chef
These are just a few suggestions to get you started; Victoria has lots of other things to do that you can explore on your own. Learn more about planning your next island getaway and don't hesitate to connect with us directly on social media if you have any questions about booking or planning your trip.