BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Jan 7, 2014) - New Year's resolutions are a great annual tradition... for the first week, maybe two. However, realistically speaking, after that, for most people, the willpower unfortunately crumbles. Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, knows that we are at the point where resolve is waning and the urge to reward ourselves for the effort to date is growing. So, our team of experts has compiled a list of Top 9 Resolution-Busting Destinations, locations where you can embrace the best of what you love most.
Cheapflights is by no means encouraging you to throw in the towel. However, if your willpower is ready to crumble or you simply need a break, then we say bust that resolution in style! Below are five common resolutions from our list accompanied by the best spots to break them.
- Resolution: Save money
Where to break it: New York, N.Y., United States - If you've claimed this is the year you'll finally build up that savings account, sock money away into your 401K or pay down those pesky loans, then a trip to New York City might not be on your radar. Sure, you can try to do it on the cheap, but a decent hotel room in a good location will cost you and the fun will entice you. Certainly, with so many trendy cocktail bars and tempting restaurants, it's easy to run up quite a tab. In the mood to add to your wardrobe? Tons of boutiques and high-end stores call your name from Fifth Avenue (not to mention the city's many other shopping districts) -- just waiting for you to open your wallet. From Armani Exchange to Gucci to Louis Vuitton, just a walk down the iconic avenue peeking at the window displays might be temptation enough for you to spend your allocated retirement money on a new outfit. Of course, there are ways to dine, shop and stay in New York on a budget but, then again, how much fun is that?
- Resolution: Exercise more
Where to break it: Anguilla, Leeward Islands - Voted the top beach in the Caribbean by the Travel Channel, and a traveler's favorite by "U.S. News & World Report Travel," Shoal Bay on the British overseas territory of Anguilla is one of 33 beaches on a 16-mile stretch of white sand on the island. Spend your days lounging poolside at one of many resorts, or choose to dig your toes in the sand and find your spot on the shore. Take a dip -- but don't strain yourself -- in water that averages 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit or take a light stroll along the seashore. Plus, there is an official ban on cruise ships, casinos and high-rise hotels on the island providing you with the ideal stress-free retreat. The gym will be worlds away as far as you're concerned. So, as soon as your exercise routine gets boring, venture here for some serious downtime.
- Resolution: Cut your calories
Where to break it: Rome, Italy - Of all the major cities known for their food, Rome has to take the proverbial cake. Stroll through the cobblestone streets and allow yourself to be beckoned into one of the sidewalk cafes by a friendly host. Choose from a menu of hand-rolled pastas, pizzas complete with the freshest ingredients or meat and fish from the deli down the road -- and that's just dinner. When you're ready for dessert pop into the highly reviewed Il Fornaio for cookies or pastries, or head to one of many gelato spots in the city to try the famed Italian treat. These may not be the healthiest of food options, but hey, when in Rome...
- Resolution: Curb your coffee addiction
Where to break it: São Paulo, Brazil - If you're determined to kick that caffeine habit, a visit to São Paulo may derail your plans. Not only does Brazil produce almost 40 percent of the world's coffee, but coffee is an integral part of the social life in many Brazilian cities with São Paulo topping the list. The sidewalk café culture is at large in this city of more than 11 million residents, making people watching a great pastime as you sip a delicious local brew. Give Octavio Café a try -- it's designed in the shape of a coffee bean -- or head to Suplicy Café, which has a wide selection of local beans.
- Resolution: Detox from your digital life
Where to break it: Singapore - Looking to step away from the constant buzzing, ringing and dinging of all your tech devices this year? A trip to Singapore might make that resolution a little difficult. To start, wireless broadband is available to everyone free of charge, so there's no need to find a local hotspot to get online. Tech giants HP, Microsoft, IBM and others have set up offices in this plugged-in paradise. Singapore is also moving fast towards the widespread use of mobile money, allowing its 5 million residents to pay for products on their mobile phones and other hand-held devices. Get ready to delay the digital detox just a little longer.
Rounding out our list of popular resolutions and the best places to forget about them are: Resolution: Get more sleep -Where to break it: Las Vegas, Nev., United States; Resolution: Drink less alcohol - Where to break it: Munich, Germany; Resolution: Stay away from stress - Where to break it: Los Angeles, Calif., United States; and Resolution: Spend more time relaxing - Where to break it: Ibiza, Spain. To read Cheapflights.com's complete list of Top 9 Resolution Busting Destinations, visit www.cheapflights.com/news/top-9-resolution-busting-destinations.
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