When you're planning a trip that's purely for pleasure, choosing where to go and where to stay can seem overwhelming - there are so many different options for travel in general, and vast amounts of information, special offers, and more online, so where do you begin?
However, you can simplify the process by knowing the key questions that you should ask yourself after sorting out the obvious details like budget and timing. After all, some destinations are better at certain times of the year than others, and you may be limited by budget and the amount of time you can actually take off of work to travel.
What's Your Vacation Goal?
Do you want to experience a new culture, have an outdoor adventure, volunteer in a different part of the world, or simply take a time out from real life and take it easy in a beautiful place?
Figuring out what you want to accomplish or how you want to feel while you're on vacation is the first step towards planning your next amazing trip.
Describe Your Ideal Travel Day
Is it relaxing on a tropical beach, pampering yourself at a spa, exploring a new city, going snorkeling or scuba diving, visiting a world class museum, or climbing a mountain? Chances are you can likely do several of these things in the same location, but it is unlikely you'll be able to do all of them.
Therefore, its time to prioritize. What do you and your family or potential companions really want to do on your vacation? Plan the rest of the trip around that.
Is There Anywhere You've Always Wanted To See? Its Bucket List Time.
If you've always wanted to go on a safari, visit Machu Picchu, zipline through the Central American jungles, eat pasta and pizza in Italy, or any number of other once in a lifetime activities, perhaps now is the time if it is feasible within your budget and timing. And that brings us to the next point...
Travel Time Matters
While it is fun to dream about taking a trip around the world or sailing away to Tahiti, that's not always practical for most people, both in regard to budget and the ability to get time off of work. Think about the distance and the time it takes to get there via plane, train, or automobile, and weigh that against the time you'll actually be able to enjoy your vacation. And keep the jet lag factor in mind as well, especially if you're headed overseas.
How Do You Want To Feel When You Return Home?
Do you want to come home refreshed and relaxed? Invigorated and ready to conquer the world? Educated about a new place and culture? Feeling like you've contributed something positive to the world by volunteering?
Granted, nothing about any given trip is a guarantee, but you can and should figure out what you're aiming before you embark on any journey.
When you're planning your next trip, remember that you can definitely be your own travel agent - it just takes a little foresight and research!