The world is open for you to explore; depending on the time you have available, and your budget, of course. But with so much choice, how on earth are you supposed to figure out where to travel next? Whether it’s for a summer vacation or an extended trip overseas, you probably don’t have the means to travel often, so it’s important to pick your destination carefully.
Thankfully, there are ways to narrow down your choices.
#1: Think about the places you have visited before
The temptation is always to visit somewhere new; an uncharted piece of the world that you may not have had the opportunity to explore in the past. And that’s fine, but if there is a part of the world that you have previously enjoyed, there’s no harm in returning on another trip. Be it a holiday you enjoyed with your family as a child, or one of those student trips you embarked on with your school, think about those places that give you happy memories, and consider visiting again, be it for nostalgia or for the purposes of further exploration.
#2: Do a Google search
Okay, so we realise the internet might only expand your choices and thus give you a harder time when trying to choose, but there are ways to narrow what you put into the search engine. You could simply type in the ‘best places to travel,’ to come up with a shortlist of awesome locations. Or if you have a particular type of holiday in mind, you might Google your interests. This could be ‘best beaches in Europe’ if you’re looking for sun, sand, and sea, for example, or ‘upcoming music festivals’ if that is something that might take your fancy. Google travel blogs, hotel review sites, and video vlogs too, and make a note of the places that increase your wanderlust. You might also consider the next point when you’re browsing online.
#3: Make use of social media
Head to Facebook and check out the holiday pics from your vast network of friends and followers. Subscribe to travel bloggers, so you always have sources of inspiration hitting your news feed. Create an Instagram account (if you haven’t already), and use the latest travel hashtags to find the prettiest pictures taken from around the world. And use Pinterest to have a peek at site user’s travel scrapbooks. Social media is so much more than food pics and random ravings, so use the many social media networks available to you to point you to your next travel destination.
#4: Watch those movies that will inspire your choices
One ring to rule your choices! (goodfreephotos)
Explore Vienna with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in ‘Before Sunrise.’ Catch the splendor of Paris in Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris.’ Sing along with Meryl Streep et al. while taking in the island beauties of Greece. Travel with Bilbo Baggins and crew around the rivers, mountains, and forests of New Zealand with the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. And check out this vast array of travel movies to further inspire your wanderlust. Think back to some of your favourite movies too. If any have ever made your heart pound for the locations on offer, rewatch those films you love, and then do your research so you can live the Hollywood dream on the other side of the lens.
#5: Cast an eye over online review sites
Benefit from the experience of other travellers and holidaymakers with the many review sites available to you. For hotels, airlines, restaurants, holiday resorts, and more, you can learn more from people like yourself, with glowing five-star reviews and merciless one-star ratings to give you an idea of the places you really need to visit in your lifetime, or those places that you should probably avoid like the proverbial plague! Check out these hotel review sites for starters, and then continue your critical research online.
#6: Consider your friends and family
Do this in two ways! For starters, if you are planning on travelling with your significant others, corral them into the decision making process. They might have destination ideas you haven’t yet considered, so have those important conversations. Alternatively, if you have friends and family that live in other parts of the UK or abroad, perhaps now is the time to consider visiting them. Not only will you get to catch up with people you might not have seen in an age, but you should also get the opportunity to cut down on hotel costs if they are willing or able to let you stay with them for a while.
They say the world is our oyster, but unfortunately, for those of us who find it hard to make a decision, it’s a very big oyster indeed! Still, we hope these suggestions were useful to you, and that one or more of them will help you make up your mind as to your next travel destination. Let us know what you think, and if you have any further ideas to help our readers, be sure to share your travel wisdom with us.
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