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One of the hardest parts of booking a trip is trying to decide on the destination. With so many unbelievable places in the world, how can you possibly narrow things down to just one city or country?!

It’s tough, but there are a few things you can do to make this decision easier – and slightly more interesting!

Here are four fun ways to pick your next destination – we’ve aimed for more eccentric, out of the ordinary ideas, because travel should be about the adventure!

Fun Ways To Pick Your Next Travel Destination

Virtual Travel First

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If you’re planning a vacation after quarantine but can’t choose between a few different destinations, take a virtual tour of each place to see which you like the best.

If there’s anything good to have come out of the lockdown, it’s that destinations around the world have really embraced virtual travel. In an attempt to keep people interested, destinations, cities, and museums are going online, and getting creative with insanely good virtual tours.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is offering virtual interactive tours, the Uffizi in Florence has more than 3000,000 works in their digital archives, and you can actually remote control local tour guides in the Faroe Islands!

Throw a Dart at a Map!

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If we’re talking fun ways to choose your next destination, pin a map up on a wall, and throw a dart at it. Blindfold yourself as well, and you’ve basically created a randomizer! Where the dart lands, you will go.

Try and move far enough from the wall that this becomes a challenge. Obviously, be sure to clear away any valuables and ensure nobody is within your firing line!

The beauty of this idea is that it is completely and utterly random. You can end up landing on an obscure country on the other side of the world.

If you want, you can throw three or five darts and pick your favorite destination out of them all. This gives you slightly more choice, so it’s not as crazy. Otherwise, close your eyes, throw a dart, and get ready for a long plane journey to the most random country ever!

Let an App Choose For You!

If you truly can’t choose and you’re spontaneous enough to go with a mystery location, there are apps out there that will provide you with a random travel destination (Lucky Trip is the most famous).

The premise of these apps is simple: provide details on how many people are traveling, what your budget is, and what things you’d like to do. Then, click a button, and it randomly finds a destination, complete with a hotel suggestion and activities.

You don’t have to follow through with their hotel/activity suggestions, but they are handy to use. Flight booking apps nowadays (like Skyscanner or Momondo) usually have an “everywhere” feature, where instead of a specific destination, it will pull up cheap flight prices to different destinations around the world from your closest airport.

Commit to a Mystery Destination

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No plans? No worries! Why not rock up at the airport, and book a ticket on the next available flight, where-ever that may be going?!

Obviously, there are logistical obstacles with this type of spontaneity, and you could be limited by which countries require visas, you’d have to pack pretty broadly (I mean, are you going to the beach or to the snow?!), and there may not be any available tickets.

But if you truly can’t decide on a next destination and you just want to travel – why not leave it up to fate and let the airport staff decide!!

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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