It seems a lot of people are getting hung up with their travel plans and spend days on end reading all those “how to travel” articles. The problem is, so many people forget to take into account their own personal needs when they travel. Here are a few of the things you should really keep in mind when planning your next travel adventure.
Time versus Hassle. Yes, it would be nice to go to somewhere exotic like the Maldives or somewhere very noteworthy like Easter Island. But is that really such a great idea when you have 6 days for your vacation, and the trip is two days each way? That means two days to relax and explore. Not so much. Understand the hassle and how far you have to go. Otherwise you’re wasting your time.
Relax or Adventure. Are you one of those travelers who wants to sit and do nothing, or are you up-at-8AM and ready to go? Be sure to pick a destination that fits that criteria, otherwise you’ll spend a week itching to get back to your desk. That’s never a good look.
City or Country. Similar to the previous point, but different. Do you thrive on the cosmopolitan atmosphere of urban centers, or do you prefer a quiet countryside? They’re very different experiences. Some cities, like Vancouver or Edinburgh, offer both in one package. What would work for you?
The last consideration is probably the most important: should you book with a travel agent? Again, this all comes back to personal preference. If this is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, I’d suggest an agent, but otherwise ask yourself how much do you enjoy the planning process. If you like finding deals and spending hours on research, then by all means do it. But if the thought of wading through travel blogs makes you sick, a travel agent can spare you the hassle and is more cost effective that you think.