So many places to visit, so little time. Ugh, we feel you. First world problems, right? The world’s your pearly little oyster and you feel your wanderlust starting to tickle, but you have absolutely no idea where to next.
Should you fly halfway across the globe to immerse yourself in the bright lights of glittering cities? Or put on your adventure cap for a nearby journey to see some of nature’s finest?
You could just make a list of your top few destinations and then narrow them down from there… But what should you take into consideration? Which elements carry more weight than others? We’ve got tips at hand for you to zero in from endless possibilities to the one.
#1 IT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ARE TRAVELLING WITH
Firstly, ask yourself: who are you travelling with? Your companions can and will make things more complicated – someone might love winter activities, while the other hates piling on the layers; one person might abhor anything more strenuous than walking (or shopping), while the other is the epitome of an adrenaline junkie.
The more people you travel with, the tougher it is to make a decision, so pick and choose your travel buddies wisely. You’ll want to explore the globe with someone who has similar interests and habits, so you can agree on a destination without conflict.
#2 DO YOU GO BACK TO YOUR FAVOURITE CITY OR DO YOU WANT TO CHECK OUT A NEW AREA?
Are you the type who likes scouting out new areas or do you prefer to acquaint yourself intimately with your favourite destination? Bali may be your second home, but why not broaden your options and try someplace further away and perhaps more exotic?
Cheesy as it sounds, follow where you heart wants to tread – if you’re a culture vulture, seek out areas that are chock full of museums, galleries and fascinating architecture; if you’re more of the laze-on-the-beach-and-do-naught type, find yourself the most pristine stretch of sand with crystal clear waters and settle on that.
#3 SIT DOWN AND FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH YOU CAN AND WANT TO SPEND
Budget woes will always have a say in your holiday choices, unless you’re one of those billionaires with five private jets. So before you start getting excited, sit down and figure out how much you can and want to spend.
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Factor in everything – from transportation and accommodation to meals, shopping and activities – and if the price is way over budget (because it usually is), try to slash expenses by choosing cheaper places to stay or flying at non-peak periods.
#4 HOW MANY DAYS ARE YOU PLANNING TO GO?
How much time you’re allotting yourself for the vacation can also play a part in the decision. If it’s only a 4-day long weekend trip, don’t waste half of it on the plane. There’s nothing worse than arriving home after a holiday even more exhausted than you were when you left.
#5 CHECK AND SEE IF YOU’VE GOT ANY FRIENDS LIVING OVERSEAS
Flick through your list of Facebook friends (or your email contacts) to see if you’ve got any long-lost pals living overseas. What better way to get to know a country than with a guided tour by someone in the know? Plus there’s the added bonus of reconnecting with old friends and perhaps even free room and board.
#6 DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFOREHAND
Make sure you’re well informed about the weather situation before you book those tickets. You don’t want to be stuck in the room at Boracay during monsoon season, watching the rain wash away all your beach-y dreams; neither do you want to be in Disneyland during the school holiday period, swarmed by shrieking, unruly kids.
However, the best weather usually means peak period and high prices – so if you don’t mind taking the risk of the odd bad weather day, try visiting at other times.
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#7 LOOK OUT FOR EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
Some people plan their trips based on when their fav festival rolls into town, so check the calendar of that particular place you’ve been eyeing to see if there’s anything interesting or big happening in the year. And depending on your disdain or love for crowds, decide when is the best time for you to visit.
#8 THINK ABOUT WHAT EXPERIENCES YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE
If you’re on the quest to learn something new every time you get on a plane, think about what experiences you’d most love to have, then locate the countries best known for them. Maybe you’d like to try your hand at surfing? You could probably do that in Australia or California. Or perhaps you always wanted to speak French. Well then, that narrows things down for you.
About the writer:
Alicia Lee is a dessert junkie with a serious (and probably incurable) case of wanderlust. Never one to pass up on retail therapy, she loves a great bargain and can usually be spotted on weekends browsing through quirky shops or chillaxing at a quiet cafe.