We are fortunate to live in an age where travel is cheaper and more accessible than ever before. There are fewer obstacles to experiencing far flung corners of the globe, and resources to find affordable (and even free) travel options exist these days in droves.
Though with practically endless opportunities to travel, one of the hardest parts of organizing the perfect holiday then becomes figuring out where to go.
It can be an overwhelming process wading through information to choose the perfect destination, though there are a couple of key criteria you can apply when planning to ensure you’ve made the right choice. Use the following points as bearings to guide your research when planning the perfect trip. This will ensure you choose a destination you can enjoy.
How to Choose the Perfect Destination For Your Next Trip
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Consider the Time of Year
When to go is one of the biggest things to consider when choosing a destination for your next trip. Most destinations have very different seasons, and traveling during summer is likely to offer a completely different experience than winter would.
For instance, you might have time off in June, and book a trip to Iceland because you’ve always dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights. You’re going to be quite disappointed when you realize they don’t come out in June. Or vice versa, if you’re traveling with the expectation of jumping in a car for a self drive through the country, though arrive in December when most of the roads are closed due to snow.
In considering the time of year, climate and weather is also something you should pay close attention to. For instance, if you’re not a fan of super humidity, you’re going to want to avoid Tokyo in summer (June to August). It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the time off to travel, if you’re hitting up a destination you’ve always dreamed of at the wrong time of year, it’s going to ruin the trip for you.
Consider Your Interests
It sounds like simple enough advice – choose a destination which fits with your hobbies and interests, and offers the things you like to do. However all too often we fall into the trap of listening to the recommendations of others, without considering that we have completely different interests, and would probably hate the trip that our best friend has just raved about having loved.
For instance, if you’re not a big fan of nightlife, and enjoy something more active than relaxing on the beach, heading to Ibiza probably isn’t for you. Sure, friends may have just returned and had the time of their lives, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the dream destination for you.
It’s ‘fear of missing out syndrome‘ – we hear about how amazing a destination is, so we jump to buy a plane ticket to experience it too. But too many people book blindly without asking why someone enjoyed a destination.
You should always remember to consider your interests when booking a trip, and that what counts as a dream destination for one person doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the same for you. So do some research before you follow through.
Consider Your Budget
Budget is a huge consideration when choosing a destination, though once again, not always something people research before they book flights.
Some destinations are far more budget friendly than others. If you’re traveling without much cash, don’t book flights to London and then realize that hotels start from £200 a night. Do your research first. There’s nothing worse than booking your dream destination and then realizing it’s going to put you into serious debt.
Find out how much transport costs, both to and from the airport, and the cost of getting around during your trip. Research how much you’re likely to spend on accommodation, food, and tours.
And also find out the cost of entrance fees – for instance you might think that Nepal is a cheap country to visit, though the entrance fees to attractions in Kathmandu can put you back a small fortune.
Related: Tips For Traveling While in Debt
Generate Your Perfect Holiday
To help with holiday decision making process, myperfectholiday.co.uk has created ‘My Perfect Holiday Generator’.
This is an online tool which asks a series of simple questions about your travel preferences, ie whether you would like to go ‘somewhere hot, warm or cold’, whether you’re looking to ‘relax, party on, have an adventure or explore’, and what kind of budget you’re working to. It then makes suggestions for your ideal destination based on the information you input.
The ‘My perfect holiday generator’ tool was put together by the team over at myvouchercodes.co.uk.
You can read more about why it was created, and what it does in a recent travel feature on http://travelbulletin.co.uk/.
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