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How to choose your travel destinations

Let us say, you have realised that experiences are more important than possessions and you’ve put together a plan to start saving for your next big trip. But how are you going to decide where to go?

Budget and time will undoubtedly play a part in the decision-making process but with so many amazing places in the world, from an exotic beach holiday in the Wild Coast to an adrenaline-filled adventure in Iceland, how do you whittle it down?

Here are the top tips to help you choose your travel destinations.

  • Start with some questions: City, beach or countryside? Hot or cold weather? Adventure or relaxation? Shopping, culture or adrenaline? Family, friends? Or solo? Independent travel or have everything organised for you? Budget or splash the cash? Off the beaten track or a tried and tested destination?

  • Be open-minded

  • If you haven’t heard of a place but you’ve found suspiciously cheap flights to said place, Google the hell out of it, check if it is safe and book that flight. Sometimes you’ll have the best adventures in places you can’t pronounce. Ljubljana, I’m talking to you.

  • Be creative

  • You want to travel to a certain destination but the flights are really expensive? Don’t let this put you off, find an alternative instead of flying directly.

  • Flights to nearby places might be cheaper, you can maybe take a 2-hour shuttle bus to your destination. Problem solved.

  • Be decisive

  • You’ve found a place you want to go. Book it. Don’t think about it for three weeks and then think a bit more and miss the opportunity.

  • Safe choices aren’t bad choices

  • Yes, I like to be adventurous in my travel choices but a good old weekend in Paris or an all-inclusive beach holiday should never be sneered at. So, what if a million people have done it before you. If you have a good time, that’s all that matters.

  • Go Solo

  • You’ve found somewhere you want to go but no one wants to go with you? Don’t let this stop you, go solo! Don’t dismiss your own backyard. Who said travelling has to include long flights? Search a little closer to home, you’d be surprised by the hidden gems you find without spending too much money or time getting there.

  • There is always a budget option

  • Don’t let your budget stop you from travelling somewhere. Even the most expensive countries have budget options like hostels where you can cook your own food, free city tours and public transport. You’re going to need to be creative, but that often makes it more fun. Now you know what kind of trip you want and you’re in the right frame of mind to start your search. It’s time for the fun.

  • Accommodation vs Destination?

  • Rather than searching for destinations, search by accommodation option. Maybe you want to stay in an amazing spa, the most luxurious hotel in the world, a themed hotel or something really quirky? Accommodation is often more important than the destination if you plan to have a relaxing break.

  • Travel Bloggers

  • Travel blogs is the best way to find travel inspiration as they are often ahead of the game when it comes to new travel destinations.

  • Most bloggers will do a combination of independent travel and working with tourism boards to uncover the best things to do. Bloggers can also keep you motivated to keep travelling.

  • Travel for a Festival

  • If you’ve always been saying you’d love to travel for a particular festival or event, make 2019/20 the year you actually do it. You usually need to get your flights and accommodation booked in early if it’s a popular event.

Info sourced from Travelhack.com


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