Choosing a travel destination is a very tricky decision because there are just so many places to visit, so many things to do. Budget, interest and time will most likely play a part in the decision making process but with so many amazing places in the world, how do you whittle it down? While some people want to go everywhere, other people don’t have one place on their wish list and they’re not sure how to discover new places to go.
Whichever situation you’re in, here are my top tips to help you choose your travel destinations.
First of all, let’s start with some questions:
- Bustling City or Quiet Countryside?
- Hot or cold weather?
- Adventure or Relaxation?
- Shopping, Culture or Adrenaline?
- Family, Friends, Couple or Solo?
- Independent travel or have everything organized for you?
- Budget or splash the cash? Or somewhere in the middle?
- Off the beaten track or a tried and tested destination?
After choosing from the options above, then I think you are half-way to making a decision on your next travel destinations.
1. Be open-minded
Haven’t heard of such place? You can’t even pronounce the name? Have no idea where the place is? But you’ve found suspiciously cheap flights to said place…? Then google the place, check if it’s safe for foreigners, check the weather, the culture and language before you book that flight! Sometimes you will have the best adventures in places you thought the least of or can’t even 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. consider taking a cheap flight to the nearest country or city near it and eventually travelling the rest of your journey with either a train or bus (if it’s available), you can check online or seek the advice of an experienced travel agent, Problem solved.
3. Consider the underdog
Every country has a ‘second city’ that have as much tourist attractions like the ‘Main’ or Capital City it’s often a much cheaper and a more unique alternative to the capital city. South Africa has Capetown, in place of Johannesburg, Malaysia has Penang in place of Kuala Lumpur, Namibia has Swakopmund in place of Windhoek, Germany has Berlin in place of Munich.
4. 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, Do you just want to shop or have an adventure? It’s easier to decide where you’re going when you know why you’re going there.
5. Be decisive
You’ve found a place you want to go. Book it now. Go on, book it. Don’t think about it for 3 weeks and then think a bit more and then realize you’ve missed the opportunity. When you commit to something, it forces you to fulfill your commitment.
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.
6. Remember, remember…
You’ll only regret the things you didn’t do.
Don’t be all talk and no action, it doesn’t hurt to be a little more adventurous.
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.
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.