Travelling is one of the most exciting things you can do. The number of places to go, things to see, cultures to experience, and people to meet is truly staggering; it’s no surprise that when you start to plan your next trip, there’s a good chance you’re going to have a lot to think about in terms of where to go. While some people are probably fine with spinning a globe, stopping it with a finger and heading to wherever that finger happens to land, you probably want to put a little more thought into it. Here’s a quick look at some of the most important things to consider in order to choose the best travel destination and make the most of your trip!
Why do you want to Travel?
This is probably the most important question to ask yourself when planning a trip. Why do you want to travel? Do you want to travel to get away from your hectic lifestyle and simply relax? Do you want to experience something thrilling and adventurous? Do you want to learn more about a specific culture? The reasons you have behind your urge to travel are going to play a large part in dictating where you end up going. Everyone travels for different reasons, and finding yours is going to be key in helping you to find the perfect place to fill that void in your life.
Who are you Traveling with?
This is another important one. Travel companions play a big part in shaping our travelling experiences, so it’s a good idea to take a look at the people you’re planning to travel with and choose a destination that’s best going to suit you. If you’re travelling with a group of friends, maybe consider going to a destination full of fun activities and experiences you guys can share and bond over, or maybe a city with a reputation for great nightlife. Travelling with your sweetheart? There are plenty of destinations perfect for couples that focus on more intimate travel experiences, and there are also the world’s romance capitals (there’s a little city called Paris you may have heard of). If you’re travelling solo the world is your oyster, and you can choose a destination you know is going to give you what you’re looking for.
How much Spending Cash can you afford to bring?
Some destinations will see a dollar go farther than others, so take a look at how much extra cash you can afford to bring along and think about what you plan on doing while travelling. Do you plan on doing a lot of shopping? Or maybe you want to sample as much of the local cuisine as possible? Do you want to stay in the nicest hotels your destination has to offer, or are you ok with settling for more inexpensive accommodations? Take a look at the typical costs of things like food, accommodations, souvenirs, and local transportation for each destination you consider and compare your findings with how much money you’ll be bringing along in that fashionable yet discreet travel money belt.
How much time do you have?
We all wish we could have unlimited vacation time, but sadly the world doesn’t work that way for most of us. Obviously, the more time you have to travel, the more you’re going to be able to fit into your trip, so plan accordingly! If you have a higher than normal amount of time, a backpacking trip through Europe is always a good choice, but if you only have a week or two, consider focusing on only one or two countries and exploring them more in-depth. Shorter trips are also a great opportunity to really focus on a specific destination and learn about its culture, people, and traditions!
With these tips, you’re sure to have a much easier time choosing your next destination. Happy planning!