The hardest part of traveling is maybe to choose your next destination, especially with so many recommendations from experts.
So it begs the question: how are you suppose to pick your next destination?!
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to choose the next place you will travel to. The goal is to proceed by elimination, until only one country remains.
To make it more fun, I’m going to pick my next destination with you. And not to spoil the game, it won't be one of the 20 places I want to visit once in my lifetime.
Facing the unknown or staying in your comfort zone?
I’ve spent the first 15 summers of my life at the same place - in Saint-Raphaël in the south of France. That's how I decided I don't want to visit the same place twice unless it's really exceptional. Of course, I understand how going back to a familiar place could be nice, especially if you have good memories. However, I feel that there is nothing as rewarding and enriching as trying something new.
As for me, I’ll go somewhere I’ve never been to.
What's the purpose of this trip?
Chillin’ and tannin’? Partying? Learning something new? Trying out an adventure? Whatever the reason, it’ll be easier for you to pick the right destination if you know what exactly are you looking for and expecting. I mean, you can scratch Ibiza off of your list if you just want to relax… Here are some ideas if you need some inspiration.
I’d like to go somewhere where I can relax and photograph amazing landscapes. And possibly learning a foreign language - as Charlemagne put it, “to have a second language is to possess a second soul”. I could use a few more souls.
What do you want to do and see?
Do you picture yourself swimming in the sea? Dominating the world on top of a mountain? Exploring the countryside? Would you rather stay in the same place or go for a road trip?
Once you’ve answered these question, narrow down your potential destinations.
I admit I’m not too excited about museums or historical sights - however, I love to take pictures of beautiful buildings and landscapes. I’ll most likely visit a city that combines history with modern spirit.
Your ideal travel buddies?
Looking for a family-friendly destination, an adventure on your own or the perfect trip with a group of friends? This can influence your choice of accommodation (and yes, there's a difference between a fancy family hotel, a hostel full of backpackers and couchsurfing).
For my next trip, I’ll probably travel alone оr with a friend.
What’s your budget?
That’s the most frustrating question that you’ll need to answer… Are you on a budget or ready to spend all of this year’s savings? There are always ways to earn money while you travel but you may not want to put in the extra effort during your trip.
When and for how long?
The more flexible you are with the dates, the better. Depending on where you’re going, low-season in not necessarily related to bad weather. Prepare for the trip and determine how many days will be enough to fully discover and enjoy what your destination has to offer.
Keep in mind that if you leave for a longer time, you'll probably have to travel with a bigger luggage. It doesn't have to be a problem - as long as you know how to pack.
I’ll probably leave for a fortnight or so - to have time to travel around and make the most of the country’s diversity.
Before buying your ticket, check whether you need a visa, how much does it cost and if the procedure of applying for it requires time. Be sure to check the validity of your passport as well - for most destinations abroad your passport should be valid for at least 6 months in the future. You might want to take a look at your travel insurance before leaving as well.
Now, concerning my destination - I’ve never been to Turkey. I could learn the basics of the language. The food is awesome. I’ve heard the nature is one of the most diverse in the world. So Turkey it is!
Final Words on Picking Your Next Destinations
Wherever you go, I'm sure you will love your trip. Know the places that you don't want to go to and narrow down the rest of your options to a handful. No matter where you go, in the end, what matters is that you travel.
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