5 Questions to Help Choose the Best Travel Destination for YOU

There are a million wonderful places in the world to visit and experience, and such limited time to see them all. Between work and family responsibilities and just the logistics of life, it’s hard to find time to travel. So when you do, you want to make the most of that time.

But if you’re like me, you want more than just the cookie cutter travel itinerary. You’re looking for customized travel experiences that will be memorable and help you feel refreshed returning to regular life. And with all the options out there, it can be hard to decide which destination will give you that experience.

If this is how you’re feeling, then you’ve come to the right blog post 🙂

Here are my top FIVE questions to help you choose the best travel destination for YOU:

What KIND of experience do you want to have?

Another way to phrase this question could be “What job are you hiring this trip to do?”. Are you exhausted from work and needing a break? Has your daily life been underwhelming lately and you’re looking for some adventure?

It’s important to identify what you want to accomplish during your trip. That way you can narrow down your destination options to those that will give you the experience you’re looking for.

For example, if you’re looking for a more relaxing vacation, then traveling to a third world country where you don’t know the language or have basic amenities is probably more stressful than you want right now. Try a destination with a direct flight and perhaps an all inclusive resort or peaceful mountain getaway waiting for you at the end.

Here’s a tip: keep the answer to this question in mind throughout the rest of your trip planning process. It will help guide how to spend your time, which activities to do, and even which restaurants to eat at.

Are there specific activities you want to do or bucket list items you want to check off?

There’s no time like the present to make your travel dreams come true! If you’ve always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower or hike in Arches National Park or visit Lord of the Rings film sets in New Zealand, then make visiting those places a priority.

Some of these trips may require more planning than others, but in terms of deciding on a travel destination, you’ll already have a list to choose from when an opportunity to take PTO comes up.

What does your budget look like?

Most people don’t have unlimited funds to spend on dream vacations every holiday. But that doesn’t mean you can’t experience wonderful travels! Considering this element will help a lot in choosing the best travel destination for you (and your wallet).

If funds are tight, consider taking a road trip to the next state over with some friends to split the cost. If you have money saved up, give yourself permission to splurge on a nice flight and hotel.

How much time do you have to travel?

This question can have a similar effect on narrowing down destinations as considering how much money you have to spend. If you just have a three day weekend, maybe that 24-hour flight to Japan isn’t the best use of your time.

Here’s a tip: consider how much time it takes to travel to your destination versus how much time you’d actually be there. In my opinion, your time spent experiencing your destination should definitely be more than it takes to travel there.

Are you okay with crowds?

Nearly every travel destination has what’s called a “shoulder season”, a time during the year when crowds die down and it’s less busy. If you prefer to avoid crowds, consider which destinations are in their shoulder season. Fewer people means it will be easier to make reservations and take off the pressure to beat the rush when visiting points of interest.

Your answers to these questions will help you choose the best travel destination for you, your interests, and your wallet. 

Your travel destination is a huge determining factor of the kind of experience you have, so make sure you it’s a good fit for YOU!

Additional Resources

Looking for more intentional travel planning tips? Download my FREE Ultimate Trip Planning Guide! It lays out each step of my own intentional travel planning process, along with my favorite resources and apps to make planning a breeze.

Follow me on Instagram! My content focuses on intentional living and travel tips, highlighting authentic experiences and itineraries around the world.

If you are passionate about changing the way you travel and making more mindful travel memories, check out this blog post!

Are you interested in traveling solo but you’re nervous about taking the leap? You NEED to read this post I wrote from my own personal solo travel journey and what I’ve learned along the way.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Prev Post

Autumn Adventures: Best Fall Travel Destinations in 2023

September 1, 2023

Next Post

Your Ultimate Three-Day Solo Brussels Itinerary

September 11, 2023