Did you ever find yourself staring at a stack of dog-earred travel books, wondering how on earth you’re ever going to pick just ONE destination? The world is full of fantastic places to visit – and we can only visit a few of them on any trip. Knowing your travel style is the first step in winnowing down the choices, and finding the perfect trip for you.
Here are three suggestions from travel writers on how to choose.
Daytime TV queen Oprah Winfrey says that picking a perfect vacation depends on who you’re travelling with – and what you want to accomplish with your time off. Experience a new culture? Learn something new? Reconnect with your travelling companion? Or just decompress from the stress of everyday life?
Another quiz, this one from travel writer Pat Lockhard on the Helium.com blogsite, doesn’t claim to be scientifically valid, but it does ask questions that get at the heart of the travel decision making process, with easy to understand scoring that identifies the traits that make for a good adventure traveller.
In the final analysis, picking the perfect vacation destination is a personal choice that boils down to just a few key questions that no one can answer for you. The answers to questions like these will help you rule out certain kinds of trips, so that you can focus on the places that are the most likely to seem perfect to you.
Do you want to build your vacation around one specific activity – like diving, sailing or skiing? This will tell you a lot about where and when travel! Again, the answer to this quesion narrows the timing and specific locations down. The corrollary to this question is how much time can you spend on your trip?
Do you want to attend a festival or sporting event, or explore the history and culture of a particular region?
Do you want to spend quality time with your children – or avoid other people’s kids? This is big question because not all destinations are family friendly — and some are TOO family focused for adults travelling without kids.
Do you want to pack as many experiences as possible into a limited amount of time, or stay in one place long enough to get a real feel for it? A pretty basic question that really helps pick the travel style that is right for you.