Our world is full of stunning places, ancient cultures, unique traditions, and mouth-watering cuisines. But having so many options makes it hard for you to choose the best suitable destination for your next vacation.
Ask yourself these essential 11 questions to narrow down the choices, and you will get your perfect destination.
1. What kind of destination do you want?
If you don’t have a destination sorted out, all the other factors such as tickets, hotels, etc. can never happen. Which genre does your heart wish to travel?
Prime destination genres are:
- Beaches- For watersports activities
- Mountains- For adventure, hiking and snow activities.
- Religious- Places like Mecca, Vatican City etc.
- Cultural- For local traditions.
- Educational- museums, art galleries etc.
- Shopping- For duty-free outlets and flea markets.
2. What is your budget?
While Budget must not be a decisive factor, but it is of paramount importance to keep track of your expected spending. Having a rough budget in mind will allow you to narrow down on top destinations that are within your budget boundaries. Once you know your monetary limitations, you can easily book tickets, accommodation, and prepare a budget list of things you want to do. Always set a budget and stick to it.
3. Which time of the year you are traveling?
After planning so much in detail, you come to find out that your selected region is prone to heavy rainfall, high temperature, extreme humidity, etc. Your 30-minute ride can turn into a 3 hour long one due to some road construction. Would you like to have a city tour at 45° celsius heat? How will you enjoy beach activities if there will be heavy rain? Always take care of these factors while finalizing the holiday destination.
4. What activities do you want to indulge in?
There are plenty of tourists spots, and each one is famous for some particular activities such as
The Maldives for scuba diving, Switzerland for snow activities, Africa for a wildlife safari, France for art & culture, and Dubai for skydiving and skydiving is considered as the best event to overcome your fear of flying under the professional guidance.
5. What will be the length of your trip?
Take some time off from the hustle and bustle of the busy life schedule. Plan a short trip if you have limited budget and time. Otherwise, when there is no restriction of time and money, you can plan a long holiday trip. Your packing will also depend upon the length of your trip.
6. Who will you be traveling with?
Do you want to take solo travel or you are more comfortable in a group trip. A solo traveler is just like the “one-man army.” He/she will be the sole authority for taking the decisions. On the other hand, if you are planning a group trip, you need to make some collective choices, and you have to take care of everyone.
7. What kind of mode of transportation you want?
There are plenty of ways you can travel around the world, but the majority of tourists prefer flight to other modes of transport, especially for international tours. If you have a phobia of flying, we suggest you take a train, bus or private car. Some exclusive destinations offer cruise facilities such as Maldives, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.
8. Speaking of packing, your next question should be what to pack?
Always pack light and avoid packing unnecessary things which are readily available at your destination. Also, pack according to your destination like beach destinations will require shorts, suncream, slippers, swimming costume, etc. and snow destinations will need an overcoat, boots, gloves, etc.
9. Where am I going to stay?
Based on availability, personal preference, budget to spend, and the number of days & people going on a trip there are lots of accommodation options to choose from. Your accommodation will be your home for the next few days, so you need to decide carefully. Airbnb, HostelWorld, HostelBookers, Foursquare, or CouchSurfing are some of the best websites for finding hotels.
10. How will you survive, if people there don’t understand English?
Whenever you are traveling, always try to learn some basic local language words such as water, taxi, food, toilets, hotel, ATM, etc. Theyare essential to your survival in an alien land. Also, try to use simple English vocabulary and speak slowly & calmly to a person who knows a few English words. Otherwise, instead of using hand gestures and miming function, you can download some offline translation app. Say thanks to technology.
11. How important is travel insurance?
Travel insurance is one of the essential aspects of traveling, yet people mostly ignore it. The insurance cover for the loss of your luggage, mobile phone theft or an accident that requires medical assistance and it also covers the cancelation cost (depending on your plan).
By asking yourself these 11 questions, you’ll feel confident about traveling. Also, traveling comes with some unforeseen circumstances challenges along the line and you have to improvise yourself and should handle the situation accordingly.