If you’re anything like me, it can be hard to choose your destination. There are so many places I want to go that narrowing it down can be hard. I suggest making a list of places that come to mind for you without looking at a map or thinking too hard. Then, if you can, try and prioritize them as best you can. Then, follow these steps
First, I like to consider the time of year that I plan to travel. Think about the season for your destinations. You may not want to visit if it’s in the middle of the rainy season, the middle of winter, or the peak tourist season. Depending on what it is you want to do or see, this can help me in narrowing down my options.
Second, use Google Flights to explore destinations and flight prices. It is my favorite search engine when looking at flights. The desktop site is better because you can use the explore function to search prices to entire regions and then narrow down your interests. For example, you can select your departure city and then select a broad area such as “the United States” as your destination and then look at pricing to multiple cities at once. Sometimes, places that I want to visit have very expensive flights but then I end up finding something else at a great price that I hadn’t even thought about.
Third, I consider currency exchange rates, cost of accommodations, travel time (especially if it’s a short trip) and number of flights it takes to get there. These can all be as big or as small of a variable in choosing a destination as you want them to be. There have been times I have found cheap flights but the accommodations were outrageous (perhaps because of a special event or the time of year) so I ended up changing destinations. If I am planning a short trip, flight times and length of layovers can make a difference in the location I choose.
Last, I let my mood guide me. Sometimes, you just need to relax. Other times, I want adventure and culture, and I need something high adrenaline. Consider all of these factors and then write down the pros and cons of each of your top picks. You will soon be on your way to what I call my “short list”. At that point, it can be as simple as a price decision. With such a big planet to explore, its really hard to go wrong!