Are you aching to get out of the office and in need of some inspiration? Has your boss approved some time off but you don’t know where to go? Now on to the fun part – researching and deciding on your next destination! If you don’t know where to start, don’t fret. We’ve covered over 30 countries to bring the latest on what to do, where to go and who to see.
Here are a few questions to get you started:
1.) How much would you like to budget each day?
Throughout the blog we have evaluated destinations based on the budget you will need to travel there. Please keep in mind that at every destination you will be able to find everything from budget to luxury accommodation. However, we will make recommendations on something in the middle. We like to stay in places that feel luxurious but don’t necessarily have the price tag of a luxury hotel.
2.) How many days can you take for your vacation? Does this include travel and recovery days?
If you’re anything like me you start planning for a week long vacation but quickly realize you need two months to see everything. I learned very quickly that I had to pick and choose what activities were most important to me in a given location and determine how much time I needed based on those activities. Keep in mine that if you travel half way around the world you typically need 1.5 travel days each way.
With long trips it is also helpful to build in buffer time to adjust to the time difference. I have been told that people recover 1 hour of jet lag per day after their trip. Therefore, if you are traveling somewhere that has a 12 hour time difference, your body may not fully adjust to the new time zone until 12 days later. This can drastically affect your vacation. Check out our Travel Tips post for suggestions on how to decrease this time.
3.) How much time are you comfortable spending on a plane?
Some people love to travel and therefore are happy to spend as much time on a plane as is needed to get to their destination. Others go stir crazy after 3 hours of sitting still. Keep this in mind before booking your flight and try to book overnight flights so you kill time sleeping and save money on a hotel.
4.) Do you like to spend time outdoors or indoors?
I know we aren’t all outdoorsy people so this is important to know about yourself before booking your trip. If you love to shop and that’s all you are looking to do, then focus on narrowing down your results with that criteria in mind. Check out the ‘Activities’ tab for suggestions based on some of our favorite pastimes.
5.) Are you looking for action packed days or time to relax?
We all relax in different ways and traveling is a great way to learn how you best relax. Some like to sit on a beach with a new book and pass the days while others prefer to see the sites from dawn to dusk. Which is your preference? If you’re anything like me you may split your vacation half and half. I like to start right off the bat with a day of relaxation, then jump into activities and finish with a few days of relaxation again.
6.) How many people will be travelling with you?
Some destinations cater well to solo travelers. Others are much more fun with a group or as a couple. I am a firm believer that everyone should try traveling along at least once in their life. Could this be that trip for you?
7.) Would you prefer to spend your time in a city or in the countryside?
Different destinations can be ideal for different times of your life. If you have kids and need to be close to accessible healthcare maybe a city would be best for you and your family. On the other hand if you are traveling solo or as a couple this may be your chance to go off the grid.
8.) How much cultural immersion are you hoping to have on your trip?
I personally don’t think you have truly seen a place until you have a chance to interact with the locals in their everyday life. Luckily, there are continually more and more opportunities to do this while we travel. If you really want to immerse yourself in a new culture there is no better way than by volunteering. You can find more information on how to volunteer while you travel under the ‘Activities’ tab.
9.) Do you prefer to tour yourself around or have a professional guide you?
This is completely a personal preference but keep in mind that the more off the beaten path you go the less likely you are to find a tour. Tours can often be more expensive than visiting a site on your own. However, if you are visiting somewhere with little English this may be a much easier way to see the sites and ensure you don’t get lost.
10.) Are you looking to meet people on your trip or would you prefer to have more private time?
Locations that are ideal for solo travelers (the typical backpacking route) are often the easiest to meet new people. If this is what you are after, check out sites like WAYN or Backpackr to meet other travelers along the way. Alternatively, if you are going on a romantic vacation and looking for some alone time, try going during ‘slow season’ when many destinations are often half as busy as alternate times of the year.
If you are still stuck, reach out to me and I will be happy to chat with you further!