Sound familiar? This is not a cut and dry question for many travelers. And this is an excruciating question for others. Deciding where to go can certainly pull you in a variety of directions — but we can help!
Trust us, we know how it feels to have a seemingly endless bucket list — too many places to see, endless adventures to go on and a confusion of where to check off next. This has an interesting way of causing anxiety among many potential travelers. The sheer amount of possibilities can, of course, often times create a stagnation in our plans. There are many factors to consider to weed out the majority of those locations to fit your needs.
Below, you will find a myriad of factors to mull over as you place your finger on the part of the world you want to see next.
Quick getaway? A few weeks to really explore an area or do you want while away the days feeling languid on a beach? These are keys factors that will determine many facets of your vacation. For example, having only a few days to get away may influence you to only want to take a short flight somewhere instead of spending one of your few precious days traveling to the location. This is a big one and often times is rather set — many people have a very fixed amount of time that they can step away from their daily lives for.
First and foremost, your budget can also affect how long you can get away for. Think realistically about how much you want to spend on your trip and the activities that interest you. This factor also has the tendency to have trickle down effects on the nature of your vacation. Keeping your budget in mind helps to determine the sites you can see, your accommodations, and the forms of transportation you can take. In addition, if you are traveling with a bit of a larger group you will multiple budgets to think about.
Must-sees, activities, special events.
For some travelers, a particular destination is desirable because of a special event, such as Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
Not only will the dates of your trip have to coincide with the dates of the event, but your trip may have to revolve around this event in many other ways. As your travel agent, we can arrange accommodations near the event site, consider additional budget allocated for the event, and transportation to and from the event.
In this instance, you may want to book a guided tour months in advance and determine your itinerary around that hiking adventure. Definitely consider these components of your future vacation as you think about the possible location that you may want to go to.
Sources of inspiration.
Now, this can actually be the very first step as you start to really consider certain locations over others. Photos and stories have a special way of evoking emotions and can let us live vicariously through others. This is why checking out various forms of inspiration can be key as you think about your next vacation. Consume information from a variety of sources.
Allowing yourself to browse through a plethora of destinations often has a way of elevating certain ones above others. Find photos that stir your soul and give you the travel butterflies — what do you need to see, now?!
Environment, culture, weather, food.
Are you drawn to sunny beaches, gloomy overcast days, or alpine lakes set in a vast mountain landscape? Every traveler is unique in their destination preferences, so, really think about where you will be happy.
Furthermore, think about the time of year that you will be traveling and the various climates that your potential locations may put you in. Traveling in January? Perhaps you don’t want to experience a deep Scandinavian winter!
If you’ve been yearning for tapas and sangria, the perfect place to experience that could be San Sebastian, Spain!
Additionally, as Roseville Travel has over 40 years of experience — we can help you decide what location is the best fit as well as the perfect time to visit!
Opt for locations that will have your own personal desired weather. Additionally, you may come across cultures and different types of food that interest you — hold on to that! These are all important as we consider the location you may want to visit.
Who will be traveling?
Whether you’re traveling with a group or going solo, this will determine the nature of your vacation. For example, traveling with a family will open up a whole different itinerary from those traveling in their later years looking for something such as a relaxing cruise.
So, where does this leave you?
Hopefully, after the consideration of all of these factors, your choices have been narrowed down and become manageable. With such a vast expanse to explore, we don’t want you to be overwhelmed with locations.
Consider your options, time constraints, budget, special events, and more as you think about where to go next!
When you’re ready, or need help deciding your location and want to learn more — we’re here!