How To Decide Where To Go Next

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How to decide where to go next – where in the world?

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or not, the world is a big place with so much to see, do and experience. In recent years, travel has become more affordable, transport to far-flung corners of the globe is more accessible and it seems like everybody has been bitten by the travelling bug. This can make deciding where to go next a little overwhelming. With so much choice out there, just how do you pick one destination out of the hundreds on offer?

 

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Here’s some tips for you to choose your next destination. And decide easily where to go next.

Narrow It Down

Let’s take an example here. Suppose you are headed to the Bahamas. Now, the Bahamas are a perennially popular holiday destination. And, with over 700 islands and islets to the name, it can be difficult to choose where to stay during your trip. However, the fact that only 30 islands are currently inhabited does narrow it down a bit. Each place has its own unique appeal. Whether you want the all-night party atmosphere of downtown Nassau or the peace and quiet of the Out Islands. The point is, there is something here for every taste. So, based on what you are looking for in your destination, choose one or a few of these islands. Thus, you have narrowed it down to a few options.

You will find that this dynamic applies to most destinations. As every country will cater to different interests in different areas. So, all you need to decide is whether you want the peace and quiet of a secluded mountain retreat. Or the buzz and hum of a downtown megacity. For, once you know the vibe that you’re going for, it will make it much easier to select your holiday destination. Even if you want a little bit of everything during your stay, thinking about it beforehand allows you to factor in day trips or moving accommodation a few times in order to get the most out of your experience.

For instance, when we wanted a quick break from daily routine, we planned a relaxing weekend getaway in Kumarakom. And when we wanted to visit some historical, architectural beauties, we decided to spend 3 days in Jaipur and 4 days in Udaipur, visiting several forts, palaces, ancient gardens etc.

Hot or Cold?

Another point to keep in mind is the climate. If you’re hankering for a sunny beach holiday where you can relax on miles of golden sand and swim in crystal clear waters, you probably don’t want to head to the far north of Iceland. However, if you’re ready to wrap up warm and brave the freezing weather to experience the Northern Lights, husky sledding and breathtaking views of glaciers, countries in the Northern hemisphere like Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia should be at the top of your list. Whilst it is largely impossible to accurately predict the weather forecast, you can research a country’s climate and seasons to optimize the time of year when you visit and to manage your expectations for the trip.

 

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The Aim of the Game

The next thing to consider is what do you want out of this trip? Perhaps you just need a chance to escape the daily grind and relax. Or maybe you want to see the art and architecture of a particular country or state? It could be that you’d like to get involved with a charity initiative to help people or animals abroad. Or you may be visiting a friend. Considering these reasons for travel can help you to make a firm decision about where your next journey should be to. Some destinations can even hit two birds with one stone. For example: thousands of holiday-goers flock to Barcelona every year for the sun, sea and sangria, but it’s also a beautiful city with many examples of the work of great Cantalunyan architect, Gaudí. The perfect place to visit for both culture and relaxation!

What’s your budget

Budget is another important factor in determining where you will be headed next. Although many a times, we want to visit many beautiful and exotic destinations. But we are limited by the budget that we have, end of the day. So, always research beforehand that out of the destinations you selected, which one adjusts best in your budget. And go for it. The way we do it is, set our yearly budget beginning of the year. And then see how we can fit different destinations in it – some cheaper, some more exotic. This creates a balance in our choice of destinations. And still we are able to enjoy all kind of destinations. Like when we traveled to Europe, that trip consumed major travel budget. So, we balanced it with travel to several smaller nearby inexpensive places, spending couple of days in places like Mahabalipuram, Palampur, Wayanad, Coorg, Kabini, a day trip to Kolar and Yercaud.

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Whilst there are always many factors to consider when planning a trip, including sticking within your budget, how much time you can spend away from home, and the distance that you can feasibly travel whilst still enjoying your holiday, the preparation for your expedition is all part of the fun. Choosing where to travel to next is one of the most joyful and exciting tasks that you can set yourself, so why not get started right now and see where you end up in 2019? This world is rich, expansive and will never run out of ways to surprise and delight you if you just step outside and look around.

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10 Responses

  1. Sandy N Vyjay

    For us travelers, there is no dearth of options for traveling. The world is indeed our oyster. But yes from the mind-boggling range of options one needs to zero in on destinations. As you mention various factors like cost, time, logistics, and weather do come into play here.

  2. Amrita & Agni

    Planning where to go is indeed a big task. For us, there is a list and it usually narrows down to 2 places. After that, we simply cannot decide and then use the lottery trick! Your tips are practical and useful and cover almost all.

    • Neha

      Thanks. I can totally understand. After all we are spoilt by choices now a days

  3. Val

    Good tips, the world is so big and our time / money so limited! Your example about Bahamas is so valid and there are only “few” islands- as Greek I consistently receive this question which island to choose and with thousands of Greek islands around it s more difficult to narrow down!

  4. Priya Iyer

    I absolutely loved this post, and your practical tips on how to zero in on your next travel destination. I’m sure the post will come in handy to all travellers, irrespective of whether they are seasoned ones or newbies.

  5. Doreen Pendgracs

    Great post, Neha. The world is so big, beautiful and filled with varied places. Sometimes it can indeed be difficult to narrow down one’s search. Weather is always a huge factor for me, as is my level of interest in what a certain place may or may not have (in my case chocolate adventures!) so that is always a determining factor for my future travels as well.

    • Neha

      Thats cool Doreen, there is something that you love more than others – the association with chocolates 🙂 So, at times I am sure, it must be helping you in making a choice when it comes to decide where to go next

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