How to Pick a Vacation Destination
Things to Consider When Deciding Where to Vacation Next
When deciding where to take your next vacation, there are many factors to consider. It’s not always as easy as thinking of a city or country that seems cool to visit. At times there are many other variables in play that will affect your decision.
Here are five things to consider when planning your next getaway.
While location or destination may not be the only thing to consider when taking your next trip, it certainly remains a big one. For example, there are advantages and disadvantages when deciding between a trip in the U.S. or heading over to Europe.
On the plus side for staying in the U.S., there are many cities to consider, giving you a variety of options. On the other hand, the U.S. is a very large country and depending on your mode of transportation, it can take some time to get to your destination.
There are also of course both advantages and disadvantages to visiting Europe. One initial turnoff might be the long flight. On the other hand, the chance to see Europe could be a once-in-the-lifetime opportunity.
Further, there are many other destinations to consider when taking a vacation, including Mexico, Canada, South America, Australia, Asia or parts of Africa.
Another factor to consider when planning a trip is the activities you’d like to take part in. For example, do you prefer to simply relax near the beach for your vacation, or would you rather enjoy the sights and sounds of a city?
There are some destinations where you can get the best of both worlds. Miami, such as, offers some of the loveliest beaches in the world, yet the city has plenty of sights, food and culture to enjoy as well.
That said, there might be other activities you looking for that aren’t necessarily conducive to either a beach or city setting. You may be interested in a more outdoorsy vacation where hiking, fishing and/or mountain biking is on the daily itinerary. Or you might be interested in an archaeological excursion, such as visiting historic pyramids in Mexico.
For some vacations, you may have saved money for a significant time so that budget doesn’t play much of a role in your decision. For others, budget might be a real concern and a reason to research places that are relatively inexpensive to visit.
If you plan to leave the country, one thing to consider is the currency exchange rate of the country you plan to visit. Depending on the situation, you may be able to get more bang for your buck in countries with favorable exchange rates for U.S. travelers.
On the other hand, if you plan to stay in the U.S., some factors that will help you stick to a tight budget will be affordable airline rates and lodging. It pays off to constantly check the travel sites to see if any deals pop up.
When selecting a vacation destination, the weather could be a factor in two ways — where you’re coming from and where you’re going.
Not surprisingly, many folks who live in colder areas of the U.S. prefer to take a warm-weather vacation, particularly during the long and dreary winter months. But if you live in a part of the U.S. that’s warm year-round, traveling to a warm-weather destination might not be a high priority.
It always pays to check the weather patterns of your chosen destination to help make your decision. For example, Europe is beautiful all year-long, but May is the rainiest month of the year in Paris. If that’s a turn off, you may want to consider a different destination or traveling at a different time of year.
5. Mode of Transportation
The last thing to consider when choosing your vacation destination is how you plan to get there. Some people simply don’t like to fly, which of course limits the possibilities. Some like making the vacation more adventurous by turning it into a road trip. Others might only want to use greener modes of transportation.
Meanwhile, some vacationers love taking cruises, while others can’t stomach the thought of being on the water all night. Modes of transportation aren’t always deal makers or deal breakers, but they are definitely something to consider when planning a vacation.
As you can now see, there can be a good number of things to consider when deciding what vacation you should take next. Location, activities, budget, weather and modes of transportation all come into play. That’s how to pick a vacation destination the right way.
If you take the time to carefully consider each factor, you’ll undoubtedly set yourself up for a vacation to remember.
Kacey, the author of How to Pick a Vacation Destination, is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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