When you have all the opportunity and time in the world to travel, it’s often difficult to narrow down where exactly you want to go, and what experience you specifically want to have. Alternatively, if you only have limited time to travel and want your one experience to count significantly, then you, of course, want to make sure that you get it right. With so many destinations out there, it’s a good idea to work backwards: first, decide what kind of experience you want to have and then find the most suitable location which allows you to fulfill that.
In order to plan the ideal travel experience for you, ask yourself the following questions.
Do You Want to Make a Difference and Help Others?
This sort of travel is often different from your usual relaxing vacation when taking time off from work to rest and rejuvenate. Travel based on volunteer work, conservation work, or any other work which benefits good causes, such as traveling for a charity, means your prime goal is to assist in beneficial causes and be based at the locations which are working towards that.
This means you will be aiming for those locations which need the most help, and they might not be your straight-forward idyllic vacation destinations.
You can even incorporate voluntary work into your trip if you want to even it out with personal travel and relaxation. The main thing is to decide whether this is the goal you want for your next travel experience.
Frontier gap years offer great opportunities for voluntary placements and travel.
Do You Want to Relax or Challenge Yourself?
Decide not only what you want from a trip, but what you need from it. Do you have an overly busy and demanding lifestyle, including a challenging career? Do you, therefore, want your vacation to be as relaxing and simple as possible in order to get well-deserved rest and re-charge your batteries?
Or perhaps you feel as though your everyday life has become too mundane, and you’re looking for a huge challenge that will teach you new skills and let you step out of your comfort zone a little.
Once you know which, you’ll be one step closer to the perfect location.
Do You Want Luxury or Budget?
Knowing how exactly you want to travel will assist you in choosing a suitable vacation. If you are looking for the most budget-friendly and cheap option possible, you may want to consider trips such as backpacking and hostel-hopping in order to limit your expenditure. This can still be done in exotic and tropical locations, as budget-friendly accommodation doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the location, too.
Or, maybe you’ve always traveled on a budget and you want your next trip to be the pinnacle of luxury and the highest amount you can comfortably afford. This means high-rated hotels, or maybe even private villas or accommodation.
You should also consider how you want your everyday routine to be – budget-friendly means you’re happy to use campsites and perhaps live out of a motorhome, whereas luxury means you won’t settle for anything less than a private jacuzzi bath and room service.
Once you’ve whittled down what you’re willing to have and what you want the trip’s end goal to be, you’ll know what kind of travel is best suited for you.