There are hundreds of different holiday destinations available across the world, so deciding where to go for your next trip away can be difficult. There are, of course, the obvious choices: a romantic getaway for two in Paris; an adventure escape skiing in the Austrian mountains; or a relaxing beachside all-inclusive vacation in an exotic location. While these are all suitable holiday choices, you are not always going to get the best experience by going along with the usual mainstream vacation spots. If you are looking to break away from the mold, try something new and have a once in a lifetime experience, then here are a few factors which you should consider when choosing a getaway destination.
Choose a comfortable travelling distance
Firstly, you should decide how far you are willing to travel. A plan averages around 400-600 ground miles per hour of flight time (though this can vary depending on the weather conditions and the direction of travel), and some destinations can take up to 24 hours to reach. Therefore, you need to select a distance of travel that you are comfortable with, as this will affect where you choose to go. You may even prefer to travel to somewhere which doesn’t involve flying at all: there is no rule which dictates that all holidays must involve going abroad.
Decide when you would like to travel
The time of year in which your travel will also have a large impact on your chosen destination. The seasons in other countries will differ from each other, and some countries are also affected by extreme weather conditions at certain times of the year; For example, the hurricane season in the Caribbean lasts from June to around October, so this can be a risky time to travel. On the other hand, travelling to the Caribbean islands during this period is also a lot cheaper than travelling during peak season.
Work out a budget
You need to decide how much you are willing to spend on your vacation, as the more desirable a destination you choose, the more expensive it will become. However, there are ways to cut down on costs, such as staying in rented accommodation, rather than in a hotel: vacationrenter.com is a great site for searching for, and comparing prices of, different rented accommodation options across the world. You will also need to account for the money you will spend while you are away, such as on food, excursions, and souvenirs.
Do your research
It is important that you do your research into different getaway destinations, rather than just listen to stereotypes; Often certain countries or cities can get a bad reputation, which more often than not, is undeserved. The good things about less desirable locations are that they are often cheaper to travel to. Use government websites to check for safety warnings in other countries, to find out for yourself whether certain areas are okay to visit. Don’t be afraid of trying new and alternative destinations, as you will get to have unique experiences that other people will be missing out on.