You’ve made the decision you want to travel more this year. You’ve realised that experiences are more important than possessions and you’ve put together a plan to start saving for your next big trip.
But how are you going to decide where to actually go?
Budget and time will no doubt play a part in the decision making process but with so many amazing places in the world, how do you choose?
If you’re anything like me, you’ll just want to go EVERYWHERE and explore as much of the world as possible! But unless you’re taking a few years out to travel, this really isn’t an option. While some people want to go everywhere, other people don’t have a single place on their wish list and they’re not sure how to discover new places to go.
Whichever situation you’re in, here are our top tips to help you choose your travel destinations.
It’s easier to figure out where you’re going when you know why you’re going there
First of all, let’s start with the obvious questions:
- City, beach or countryside?
- Hot or cold weather?
- Adventure or relaxation?
- Shopping, culture or adrenaline?
- Family, friends or boyfriend/girlfriend? Or maybe solo?
- Independent travel or have everything organised for you?
- Budget or splash the cash? Or somewhere in the middle?
- Off the beaten track or a tried and tested destination?
Now you’ve starting thinking about what kind of holiday you’re after, so it’s easier to pin-point the kind of destination you’d like.
Now it’s time to get in the right frame of mind…
#1 – Be open-minded
Haven’t heard of a place? Can’t even pronounce the name of a place? Have no idea where a place is? But you’ve found suspiciously cheap flights to said place…? Google the hell out of it, check it’s safe and book that flight! Sometimes you’ll have the best adventures in places you can’t pronounce…
#2 – Be creative
You want to travel to a certain destination but flights are really expensive? Don’t let this put you off, find an alternative. Using the example of Ljubljana again, it’s really expensive to fly direct but flights to Venice are cheap and then there’s a 2 hour shuttle bus from Venice into Ljubljana. Problem solved.
#3 – Consider the underdog
Every country has a ‘second city’ and it’s often a much cheaper and a more unique alternative to the capital city.
#4 – Be decisive
You’ve found a place you want to go to. Book it now. Go on, book it. Don’t think about it for 3 weeks and then think a bit more and then realise you’ve missed the opportunity.
#5 – Ask yourself ‘why?’
Why do you want to travel? Do you want to relax, have fun with your mates, reconnect with a loved one, switch off from work, learn something new, get a tan or have an adventure? It’s easier to decide where you’re going when you know why you’re going there.
#6 – Remember, remember…
You’ll only regret the things you didn’t do.
I always think about this when I need a kick up the arse to be a little more adventurous.
#7 – Safe choices aren’t bad choices
Yes, I like to be adventurous in my travel choices but a good old weekend in Paris or an all-inclusive beach holiday should never been sneered at. So what if a million people have done it before you. If you have a good time, that’s all that matters.
#8 – Go Solo
You’ve found somewhere you REALLY want to go but no one wants to go with you? Don’t let this stop you, go solo!
#9 – Don’t dismiss your own backyard
Who said travelling has to include long flights? Search a little closer to home, you’d be surprised by the hidden gems you might find.
#10 – There’s always a budget option
Don’t let your budget stop you from travelling somewhere. Even the most expensive countries have budget options like hostels where you can cook your own food, free city tours and public transport. You’re going to need to be creative but that often makes it more fun.
List courtesy of thetravelhack.com