The world is a big place and as a result, most people’s list of travel destinations is often pretty large! Sometimes cost is a definitive factor and makes the decision for you, but how do you make a decision when it isn’t? Here are some strategies to help pick where to go for your next adventure.
Accept that there are many choices
Try not to get overwhelmed by choice, as this will always be a problem. Our time (and money) is limited, and there are more destinations to visit than are probably possible for the average person. Your list will likely grow as you travel, so start to realise that any travelling is good travelling and never fear making the wrong decision again.
Make a top ten
This list should be comprised of the first few destinations that spring to mind. Maybe it’s important to you to only visit spots you’ve never been? Perhaps you have favourites that you need to see again? Try to mix up the destinations a little, and don’t be scared of challenging yourself.
Consider your time
Your destination should be directly linked with how much time you can spend there. If you can only make a short trip, don’t go somewhere you know you’ll need a lot of time to explore. This will leave you feeling unsatisfied if you can’t do and see a ‘good’ amount of things, and you’ll probably spend the money again to go back and see what you didn’t the first time. Being efficient with your time is key
Think about the weather
Depending on the time of year, the weather will play a big part in how your trip goes. Are you trying to escape or find the heat? Will rain ruin your outdoor activities? Time of year is a significant factor in the trip decision process.
Consider cost, but also flight path. Does the cheaper flight mean an extra fifteen hours in the air with two more airport stops? If so, the saving in dollars may not be worth the additional cost of time, or the likelihood of spending more money during the stopovers on food, entertainment, etc.
There will always be many places to travel to, and we may always feel like we are running out of time. Accept this and focus on what you can do, so you can truly appreciate and enjoy your travels!