One of the things that can stress people out the most when it comes to holiday planning is trying to decide where to go. With so many options, it can be really overwhelming to pick somewhere suitable, without feeling like you’re missing out on other great options. If you live in a country that only gives you 2-3 weeks of holidays in a year, you’ve got to make the most of it and choose a holiday destination that best suits your budget, travel style, needs and tastes.
Define your budget
Having a small budget doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t visit dream destinations like Cancun, or Las Vegas; it just means you’ll need to be more realistic about what you can really do during your stay with a small budget.
If you do have a small budget, consider going somewhere cheaper, like South East Asia, some countries in Central or South America or Eastern Europe. Countries with a cheaper cost of living will allow you to live larger for less; enjoying more dining and nights out, more activities, and allowing you to worry less about your budget. Although long-haul flights may be more expensive to these destinations, you’ll have a better and more rewarding holiday experience in the long run.
Determine your travel style
When you hear ‘winter is coming’, do you, mentally, run for the hills, or in this case, for the beach? Do you feel energized from sunny weather? Are you more of an adrenaline junkie, rather than a beach bum?
These are just some of the important questions you should be asking yourself before planning your next holiday. It’s easy to get sucked into the glitzy images of bright city lights and white sand beaches in travel brochures and websites; only to eventually realize that it’s the second day of your holiday and you’re already bored of sun, sea and sand.
Consider your travel partners
A family holiday is going to be very different to a holiday with the guys, or girls. Likewise, if you’re planning a solo adventure, you might not get as much enjoyment out of going to a very romantic or family-oriented destination. Keeping your travel partners in mind is a really simple, and effective way to narrow down your travel options for your next holiday. If traveling with family, it’s always better to try and accommodate a little bit of everyone’s tastes, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Learn from experience
Think back to times when you felt really happy, relaxed, pumped up, or just content. Whether it’s at home or abroad, ask yourself what type of things make you feel happiest? What gives you a buzz? Could you sit in a café all day watching people pass by, or would that bore you to tears? Can you imagine getting lost in the wild, seeing it as an exciting adventure rather than a terrifying prospect? Do you dream of wandering through the chaotic and dusty streets of India, or would you rather be guided to the best spots in a city by an experienced expert?
All of these factors help you to define what type of holiday works best for you. With a little thought and planning, you’ll discover your travel preferences and limitations, which will help you to make the most of your travel opportunities for life. Get the most ‘bang for your buck’, make sure you’re never disappointed and tailor-make your holiday experiences for pure self-indulgent bliss.
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