December 21, 2010 06:58 ET

New Year, New You - 2011's Travel 'Resol-You-Tions' Predicts the New Year's 'New You' Will Be All About Inspired Travel

LONDON--(Marketwire - December 21, 2010) - In its latest Top 10, the UK's leading website for flight search and comparison outlines the best destinations to fulfil New Year's resolutions.

"The new trend for New Year's resolutions falls right in line with the ever more popular trend within travel -- holidaying with a purpose," says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for

"People are ditching the old clichés of giving things up for New Years in favour of vowing to have more enriching experiences, which involve travelling to discover new cultures, learn new skills, or volunteer for something worthwhile," adds Hallak.

Here we take a peek at five of the Top 10 and the reasons for their popularity.

China - Trek the Great Wall

Having been firmly plotted onto the tourist map by the Olympics, China beckons travellers with its increasing 'openness'. As such, the physically demanding trek of a lifetime would be a great way to kick start the New Year. Not only would the hike across its winding, twisting wall count towards acquiring a skill, it culminates with the reward of a stunning view and an incredible insight into China's imperial past. The road to a Chinese 'new you' starts with flights from just £268 return.

Run Morocco - the ultimate 100km challenge

For the soul searcher, this ancient and mystical country offers up an incredible journey of both culture and self discovery. While destinations like Morocco have been popular over the last two years, the summer's World Cup has served to boost popularity for all destinations within the African continent more than ever before with Morocco coming top of the list. From the mighty Atlas Mountains to the ever popular Marrakech and all the souks and sand in between, this breath-taking challenge is sure to leave an ever-lasting impression. Running 100km over four days would be well worth it. The price of getting fitter starts with flights from just £167 return. 

India - Holi festival

Spirituality is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions of all time, so when it comes to turning towards a higher power, no destination is more popular than India. The country's Holi festival is a joyous celebration of life comprising rainbow-hued powders (gulal) and scented water thrown around with abandon, so visitors can quite literally paint the town (and themselves) red, among other shades. Festivities begin with bonfires followed by an afternoon of fun leading into a relaxed evening where participants can cool off. Travellers can colour themselves happy with flights from £252 return.

New York Marathon

Running for charity is both beneficial to others as well being personally fulfilling. The New York City Marathon is not only world famous but worthwhile. Thousands of participants clamber from all over the world, donate money to a worthy cause and, of course, spend some time recovering watching Broadway shows and enjoying the city's ever famous variety of retail therapy. Take a bite out of the Big Apple with flights from £239 return. 

Europe - take the Orient Express

With the growing taxes added to air travel, train journeys are set to become quite the trend in 2011, and no train journey is more of an adventure than a ride on the Orient Express. Travellers can enjoy a touch of old-world class courtesy of this lavish remaking of a timeless luxury railway service. The Venice-Simplon Orient Express uses many of the original's routes -- such as the famous London-to-Venice journey -- and even carriages from its iconic 1920s and 1930s golden era. Travelling in style and comfort, this is a journey to be enjoyed for its own sake rather than for its ultimate destination. 

For the full list of Top 10 New Year 'New You', visit

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