You’re going on vacation this year, that much has been decided. Now comes the biggest question of the lot – where exactly are you going?
Obviously, budget and time will play a huge part in the making of that decision – you can’t very well jet off for a month in Australia with only a couple of hundred dollars to play with – but there are so many amazing places in the world, just how do you whittle it down?
Some people have a wish list of cities and countries they want to see before they get old but if you are one of those people who have no idea where they want to go, then these five tips to help you decide a holiday destination might help.
What do you want from your vacation?
What exactly is it that you want from your vacation? If it’s beautiful islands and stunning beaches, then you’re going to want to check out lists featuring the 20 best beaches in the world rather than planning a visit to New York City. Of course, New York could be your number one destination if it’s a city break in a town that never sleeps. Decide early on what it is you are looking for and that can narrow the list down significantly.
Read the news
If you aren’t even sure if what you want from your vacation, then try reading the news. That might not seem like an obvious place to stumbled across your perfect destination, but it can be. Take the Apex News & Media website for example. You might come across their story about Jack the Ripper and have your interest in checking out Victorian London piqued or read a piece on Peruvian mummies and decide to investigate the ancient secrets of South America.
Consider who you are traveling with
If you are one of the rough estimate of one in four people who travel alone, then you can skip this bit – but if you are not, then you need to consider who you are going on vacation with. If it is a couple’s holiday to a European destination, then you should probably stop thinking about Prague for its $1 beers and start thinking about Paris and a proposal under the Eiffel Tower.
Remember your best holidays from the past
What was your favorite ever vacation and what made it so good? If you loved wilderness camping miles from anyone in the Rockies, then another camping trip somewhere in the United States or Canada would be a good idea. You obviously don’t want to repeat a previous vacation day-for-day and activity-for-activity, but take elements of previous trips you enjoyed and incorporate them into your latest adventure.
If you still can’t decide for yourself after all that, then seek out recommendations. You might have friends or relatives who visited one of the candidates and can give you a balanced, unbiased view. The internet can also give you a wealth of ideas about what each of your possible destinations contains and from there, you can make a more informed judgement about whether it is the right place for you.