New Year, New..Everything!

“New year, new me!” 

Around this time of each new year, many people are often heard saying the quote that is listed above. People strive to reach new goals, break bad habits, and improve their overall lifestyle. Now, I’m not saying that people don’t work towards these things during the rest of the year, but a fresh start is normally what motivates people. With that being said, there are many things to take advantage of with the fresh start of 2014. It’s the perfect time to display ambition towards something you want, there are many new gadgets to help you out, and there are a variety of ways to explore the world while doing it!

Setting Goals

According to an article on HUFFPOST LIVING – Canada, by Anita Saulite, “The beginning of a new year is the best time to start fresh and get your life moving in the direction you really want.” As a part of starting fresh, it is important not to set such unrealistic resolutions. Instead, start by figuring out what you actually want to gain from your goals and define what your obstacles are.  Here are some tips to get started:

  • Is money really a barrier? – Most people, including myself, tend to automatically jump to the conclusion that they can’t afford to do something they wish they could. The fact of the matter is, with a few saving strategies and enough desire to follow that dream, you can go or do whatever you want. Don’t let life pass you by without at least attempting to find a creative way to break down the money barrier if it’s standing in the way of what you say you want.
  • Conscious or unconscious biases? – Do not let outdated beliefs keep you from reaching your goals and leading a successful life. Go after what you want.
  • Over or under confident? – Don’t set yourself up for failure by pursuing something that is out of your reach but don’t sell yourself short either. If you lack too much confidence, you may never reach your full potential.
  • Redefine how you think – Think about goals in the sense of short and long term and then assess how you want to go after them.
  • Define your goals – “There are six broad categories of goals: professional, financial, health and wellness, spiritual, emotional, and relationships.” As you define these goals, set a timeline, prioritize them, and look around for people who might be able to help you.
  • Find your soul in your goal – Pursuing goals for the wrong reasons can leave you feeling a little empty. If you go after something with all of your heart and make sure it’s something you’re passionate about, then you will be completely satisfied when you achieve it.
  • Thing big, act small – “Try not to over complicate your goals. Reflect on past successes in terms of the approach you took and the mindset you embraced.” Then, repeat the formula. However, keep in mind that not everyone in your life will be thrilled at first about the changes you want to make.
  • Embrace a winning mindset – “When you commit your heart to your dream, you will naturally create the energy needed to propel yourself forward.” Stay motivated and remember that success comes from keeping that winning mindset.
  • Don’t let money be a barrier to your success – Take control of your life by coming up with a financial plan.

Don’t feel pressured to make resolutions because a new year started, but if you want to make a change, set realistic expectations for yourself and you will amazed at what you can accomplish!

Learn more about these tips by reading the full article: “New Year, New Life: Setting Goals for 2014.”

Wearable Tech

“Barely a week into the new year, and it’s already looking like a new electronics war is brewing.” Every January, a consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is known as The International CES and many new products are often revealed here. While the idea of wearable technology isn’t new, many companies are working to bring new products to the market. This wearable tech can help you reach your goals this year in ways that you never imagined. Jon M. Chang, who wrote an article about CES on ABC News, stated that “Plenty of CES exhibitions displayed products that are trying to change people’s perceptions of the wearable electronics. Whether it’s making them more fashionable or giving them a wider range of features, the tech industry is doing all that it can to turn wearables around and make them popular.” Some of the new wearable technology consists of:

  • Pebble Steel – Smartwatch
  • Garmin Vivofit – Fitness tracker
  • Intel’s Smart Earbuds – Smart earbuds
  • CSR Bluetooth Jewelry – Smart Jewelry
  • Moverio BT-200 – Smart glasses

For more information on these products, read the article: “CES 2014: Wearables Walk the Runway at Tech Expo.”

Also, while you’re in Vegas for the conference, check out the My Explore Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion for suggested sights, events, tours, and more!

Along with new wearable technology, you will also be able to “avoid getting lost again” as the new year takes off. It was recently announced that “Magellan has been selected by Navigation Solutions as the exclusive manufacturer for the NeverLost 6 platform, Hertz’s next generation of GPS navigation and connected services.” The new device will be integrated into rental vehicles in 2014.

Avoid getting lost again

To learn more about the new features of this device, see: “Magellan Selected for Hertz NeverLost 6 platform.”

New Travel Ideas

Along with the resolutions that people make in a new year, many new bucket lists are created as well. A very popular bucket list item is to travel somewhere new. However, as mentioned earlier, a lot of people tend to let money stand in their way. Take a look at these 3 budgeting tips for traveling in 2014 from Arthur Frommer:

  1. Higher airfares? Deal with them. – “To make the entire trip come in at a reasonable price, people are going to have to shift their attitudes, seek out ways of lowering costs for accommodations, for meals, sightseeing, etc…For those feeling the pinch, that means spending less on top hotels and fancy restaurants.”
  2. Consider giving hotels the heave-ho – Take advantage of “such websites as airbnb, which offers vacation rental rooms in 192 countries, and websites such as FlipKey, HomeAway and Rentalo that let out apartments.”
  3. Stay current on currencies – “When looking for a bargain vacation, consider how far your dollar will go. Last year, Bali’s currency took a more than 7% dive against the dollar ($1 equals about 12,000 Indonesian rupiahs), making the island a better deal than ever. Even Japan becomes more affordable; its currency dipped significantly for the first time in decades ($1 equals about 104 yen).”

To find out more detail on these tips, see: “L.A. Times Travel Show: 3 budget tips for 2014 from Arthur Frommer.”

Now, if you’re looking to start traveling ASAP and you want to stay within the United States, that’s perfectly fine! There are a ton of special events that come up which provide good reasons to travel. For example, the NFL Playoffs (NFC & AFC) are being hosted in various cities right now. Check out the schedule:

  • January 11th (3:35pm) – New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks (CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington)
  • January 11th (7:15pm) – Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts)
  • January 12th (12:05pm) – San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers (Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • January 12th (3:40pm) – San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos (Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado)

What’s great about visiting these cities for the football games is that once it’s over, there is still a ton to do! Use Hertz NeverLost to plan your trip and explore other destinations!

Also, to help you travel and reach your other goals in the new year, enter our “New Year…New Travel Resolutions” Sign Up Contest on Facebook. You could win a $50 Visa gift card!

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Good luck on the contest and all of your future endeavors that you have planned for this year 🙂

Melissa Woodring

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