Travelling is a big thing. Whether it’s a small weekend break or long backpacking escape, there is so much to consider when choosing where to go next. Many of us spend months – if not years – saving up for trips, constantly checking flight prices and reading over countless travel sites. But sometimes you just don’t know where to go. So here are my top 5 tips for picking your next travel destination.
Now before I get started, its important to mention that Covid is going to be a huge determining factor for where many of choose to travel to next. Its worth keeping in mind that some countries won’t open up their borders for tourism for quite some time!
Type of Trip
If you’re well on your way to picking a destination, then you probably know what kind of trip you want to go on. Knowing whether you want a relaxed beach break, thrill-seeking adventure escape or a cultural experience will help you to narrow down those countries. A simple search in Google for ‘best countries for …’ (whatever it is you’re hoping to do on your trip) will reveal some great destination choices which you can then research further.
If you live in a country with a temperate climate like the UK, it can be easy to forget that other areas of the world often suffer from extreme climates, rainy seasons and completely unpredictable weather patterns. Make sure you do your research on the local weather and when any extreme weather patterns may occur (especially monsoon season!).
It’s also important to make sure you head to your destination during a season which is best for you. If you’re planning your break during the month of July but prefer cooler weather, then maybe the southern hemisphere is best for you. Considering different seasons can really make or break your trip!
No matter where you’re going it is so important to take into consideration the local culture. From local cuisines to different customs and beliefs, or even a foreign language, the local culture can have a huge impact on your trip. If you’re visiting religious establishments, historic buildings, or cultural landmarks, make sure you look up any customs you must follow (such as dress codes)!
Annual events/Religious holidays/Cultural festivals
There are two aspects to this tip.
Firstly, if there’s a specific event, festival, pilgrimage, that you want to attend then that could narrow down your choice of country.
On the flip side, if you want to visit a specific destination but are perhaps put off by a major event which will undoubtedly attract thousands of people, then maybe its best to leave it for another time.
Letting your budget guide your trip is so key. If you pick a destination which doesn’t reflect your budget, chances are you’ll end up hating your trip, missing out on fun activities, or even having to go home early.
Spend some time thoroughly working out what you have to spend, how much flights, accommodation and essential purchases (such as food) will cost you and then choose your destination from there.
When you plan a trip the most important thing to remember is that this is your trip. You know what you want to experience, what activities you want to do, what kind of accommodation you want to stay in. A little bit of simple planning and wise decision making will help you to have the best possible trip. And once you’re all booked in? Let the adventure begin!