How to Pick Your Next Travel Destination – 4 Tips
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before – Dalai Lama
Travelling is a great way to enrich your life. New experiences give us personal growth, and it is always fun to visit a new destination. But with so many options how do you pick where you want to go? Below are a number of factors to keep in mind when you are trying to decide on your next vacation destination.
How much time do you actually have? Some countries, because of their distance require a bit more time to adequately be able to visit them. In Canada it takes about 2 days, with time change to get to New Zealand or Australia. Therefore for us to visit those countries, we need to factor in that lost time. This means that a 10-day trip just isn’t going to cut it. You will likely want to look into going for 2 weeks or longer.
Other places, it’s a quick hop over the pond and doesn’t require as much time. The flight to Iceland from Edmonton is only 6 hours non-stop, so the travel time for this trip was minimal. We went for two weeks, but could have also gone for just one week as well and still saw many of the same sites we did.
How much money do you have to spend on a trip? For some destinations, this can be a hugely limiting factor. Again, we traveled to Iceland, but Iceland is an expensive country and might not be easy for everyone to afford. Developing countries are usually less expensive, such as Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Creating a little budget can help you determine how much the trip is going to cost, so you know beforehand how much you should save .
It is important to determine your reasoning for the vacation. Do you simply just want to go to a new country? Do you want to have all inclusive? Or maybe you want to go backpacking? Deciding what kind of trip you want to go on also can affect where you will go. Mexico, Dominican Republic, the Cayman Islands are great places to visit if you just want to visit a beach and relax. Chile, Nicaragua, Ecuador are good countries to visit if you are looking into seeing a new culture or wanting to do some more adventuring. Thailand is a great option if you want to meet other partiers and experience things like the Full-Moon party. Europe is known for fun backpacking trips, where you have many different countries to choose from.
Whatever you decide, keeping in mind what kind of trip you want to have is important when picking a destination.
Other Barriers (Visa, Political Climate, Language)
Some countries have travel restrictions and will require you to have a visa before entering the country. Therefore if you have limited time to pick a country or plan for your trip, countries that require a visa may not be the best option due to the processing time.
Political climate can also be a factor when deciding where to travel. Some countries experience higher rates of violence, or have health issues, therefore it is good to check these kinds of things out during your research.
Language can also be a barrier – check into if the locals will likely be able to speak some English. Sometimes if you venture off the beaten path, they will not speak English so it is helpful to be able to speak a couple of key sentences in their language.
Generally when we want to travel, we already have an idea of where we want to go. But it is good practice to research where you are going to get a feel for what behaviors and customs are accepted. It can also be good to check out the weather to make sure you pack the correct clothes. Being informed before you take off is going to make the trip run that much smoother!
Enjoy your next vacay!