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There’ll be no 2012 escape for New Year’s resolution failure

There’ll be no 2012 escape for New Year’s resolution failures

How to keep a holiday on the 2012 New Year’s resolution list

Auckland, 23 December 2011 – Weak-willed New Zealanders are depriving themselves of a dream trip to a five-star hotel in Dubai* by wasting approximately $2,780** every year.

Many Kiwis see in the New Year with promises to get fit and lose weight by hitting the gym and cutting out unhealthy food and drink; yet within a few months, or even weeks, many have already given up and resumed the previous years’ bad habits. has looked at some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and calculated*** just how far Kiwis could travel by the end of 2012 if they stuck to their goals throughout the year.

This New Year, is encouraging all Kiwis to walk the walk, rather than just talk the talk, when it comes to sticking to New Year’s resolutions, so the annual holiday remains on the calendar.

Amee Evans, Marketing and Communications Manager of, says:

“To avoid being upstaged during water cooler holiday banter next year, stick to those New Year’s resolutions!”

How fulfilling New Year resolutions can equate to a holiday:

1. “I want to get fit”

‘Getting fit’ is always towards the top of the resolution ‘to do’ list for everyone. Rather than joining the gym in January, which can cost upwards of $80 a month, Kiwis eyeing an overseas holiday next year should consider pounding the pavement and exercising outdoors for free!
Item Cost per year Holiday equivalent
Annual gym membership approximately $960 Flights and a weekend in a Melbourne hotel

2. “I want to lose weight”

Again, losing weight is always high on the list of New Year promises, especially after the over-indulgent eating and drinking habits typical of the Christmas break. Giving up a few of life’s little luxuries can mean we not only drop a dress or pants size but we will be able to flaunt our new beach bod on our well-deserved holiday!
Item Cost per year Holiday equivalent
Daily can of soft drink with work lunch 260 x $2.00 = $520 Flights and a week in an Auckland hotel
Chocolate bar as a workday snack 260 x $2.20 = $572 Flights and a week in a Wellington hotel
Schooner of beer 52 x $7 = $364 A weekend in a Queenstown hotel
Glass of house wine 52 x $7 = $364 A weekend in a Marlborough hotel

3. “I want to spend less”

At the end of the month, many of us are left wondering where our hard-earned money has disappeared. When we cast our mind back, incidental purchases such as the latest gossip magazine, a morning coffee or a takeaway pizza are more common than many of us would like to admit. We often start the New Year promising to be more money-conscious and when we know how far our savings can take us, keeping our New Year promise will be a lot easier!
Item Cost per year Holiday equivalent
Weekly gossip magazine (NW) 52 x $5.00 = $260 A weekend in a Rotorua hotel
Morning coffee on the way to work average 260/year x $3.30 = $858 Flights and three nights in a Sydney hotel
Bottles of water average two/week x $3.20 = $333.00 A weekend in a Napier hotel
Weekly takeaway pizzas for two 52 x $25 = $1,300 Flights and four nights on the Gold Coast


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