How to Decide Where to Travel To Next
My travel bucket list should honestly just say The World, because every day it grows with a new country, new city, new site. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten stuck in the “I don’t know where I want to go next” mindset. With travel being more accessible than ever before, we are wonderfully faced with a world of options to choose from!
Deciding where to take your next trip can be a crippling decision for those of us with a list long enough to wrap the world a time or two. So how can you narrow it down and make a decision you’re going to be happy with?
For traveling with others:
Make a physical list of all the places you could potentially go. Think about the season you’re able to travel in, does it make sense to travel to Wyoming in January, or to Phoenix in July? So if you’re going to be traveling in summer, only list the places that make sense for summer travel. Same goes for the winter.
Consult with your travel partner. Have them write their list, then compare.
Any places that you don’t have in common, scratch them off this list (for now, not forever!).
Now with your newly adjusted lists, step away and list the locations you have written on your list in order of priority for you, and your partner should do the same. Which do you want to see the most?
Compare again! Are you seeing any similarities? If so, you now have a much smaller, more specified list of places you could go. After a bit of research on traveling to those locations, your favorite should begin to shine out above the rest.
If you don’t have any dream locations in common with your travel partner, its not the end of the world. Are there any similarities? Do you both want to see beaches, or castles, or countryside? Decide which of your top locations have things in common, and plan your trip around those.
For traveling solo:
On a sheet of paper, make a list of all the places you could potentially go during the time you will be able to travel. Does it make sense to take a trip to Europe in summer when all you really want is to see Christmas Markets? If a summer trip is all you can do this year, only list your top locations for summer travel.
Now, take a pair of scissors and cut out each place so its a small piece of paper, fold it up and place it into a bowl.
You know where this is going… Draw two pieces of paper at random out of the bowl. Whichever one you are the most excited about out of the two is the location you’re going to be traveling to!
A little sacrifice is a part of any group or solo travel, so remember how much of a gift it is to be able to travel regardless, and be flexible!