Let’s talk about travel today!
What town, city or country should you visit next on your travel adventures? Should you stay close to home or could you afford to visit somewhere a little more exotic? With so many places to choose from – the world really is your oyster (depending on your budget) – it can be difficult to know where to go.
If you had the means to travel regularly, with money to spare and air miles galore, then you could quickly fill up a travel bucket list and venture far and wide with nary a thought. But if you don’t have the luxury of travelling often, and/or you want to head somewhere that won’t be a waste of your time and money, then the process of picking a travel destination can be a difficult one. But that is where we come in! While we can’t tell you where to go, we can at least point you in the right direction when it comes to looking for a bit of inspiration.
Consider the following, and then follow your heart and wanderlust to your next travel adventure.
Think about where you have been before. You don’t always have to visit somewhere new. There may be uncharted places that you didn’t explore in destinations you have visited before, so think back to past holidays and travel adventures, and try to remember the destinations that you wished you had more time for, but didn’t. You might also travel into the further recesses of your mind, thinking back to childhood holidays you took with your family, or those student trips you took when you were at school or college. If any hold a special affection for you, why not revisit those places, and revel in nostalgia as you explore these destinations anew.
Scour your favourite travel blogs. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of travel blogs online, so bookmark a few and read the articles within. Travel bloggers will often have articles on the best places to visit and the places to avoid. They will give you bucket list ideas according to your particular travel taste. They will help you find those ‘off-the-beaten-track’ destinations that you may never have previously considered. And, of course, they will support their ideas with high-definition photos and video diaries to inspire your wanderlust. So, browse the net, but before you do, stay on our website for a while, as we also have travel ideas that may capture your interest. Bookmark us before you say goodbye!
Turn on your television. There are all kinds of travel tv shows, usually with some celebrity or other leading the way to guide your thinking, so peruse your tv guide, put your feet up with a pen and paper in your hands, and make a note of the places showcased on screen. You might also add to your DVD collection, or subscribe to something like Netflix, and watch those movies that can also fuel your thoughts. Through your mind’s eye, visit Rome with Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday), road trip across the USA with Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider), hold hands with Ethan Hawke as you walk through Vienna (Before Sunrise), or motorbike your way across South America (The Motorcycle Diaries). There are plenty more movies here to both entertain and inspire you as you consider where to travel next.
Use social media. You’re probably glued to social media anyway, so make the most of the sites you use to source travel inspiration. Head over to Facebook and scour the travel and holiday pics taken by your besties. Travel the net to the photographic wonder that is Instagram, and use these travel hashtags to locate those luscious travel photos taken by others on their globetrotting adventures. Circle around to YouTube where a simple entry in the search bar will bring up millions of travel entries listed by popular travel vloggers. And then navigate your way to Pinterest, and using the ideas assembled there, create an online scrapbook that you can keep coming back to as your ideas for where to travel next grows.
Read online review sites. From TripAdvisor to the review sites listed here, benefit from the experience of people like you. By basing your next travel adventure on the opinion of others, you will get an idea of countries to visit, hotels to stay in, and tips on places of interest. You will get inspiration on where to go, and you will also learn from the valuable lessons of others on places that you should perhaps avoid. While opinions are often subjective, you can still narrow down your choices on where to travel this way.
Consider your interests. What do you want from a trip away? Use your thoughts to lead you to the right place for you. For example, are you looking for an active travel adventure, or is a relaxing beach holiday more appropriate for you? If you are looking for something active, consider what it is you enjoy. If skiing and other snow sports are your thing, then these destinations are a no-brainer. If the thought of snow chills you to the very core, then opt for somewhere a little warmer, perhaps with an exploration of the oceans on the Galapagos Islands, or a Safari adventure through Africa. These are just examples, but consider your favourite pastime, and think about the weather climates and types of scenery you enjoy, and start to narrow down your choices until you have a selection of places to choose from.
Picking a place to visit is not an easy task, especially when there are so many beautiful places in the world to visit and explore. Still, you can use our tips to help you. Spend time gathering inspiration from the sources we mentioned, start to narrow down your search by thinking about your likes and dislikes, and then get to work on a bucket list, prioritising those places that particularly stand out in your heart and mind. Oh, and remember your budget, as that might also dictate where you might travel next.
I hope this article was useful to you and if you have travel ideas to inspire our readers, be sure to let me know!
See you in my next post!