Simple ways to travel smart and fun

Summer isn’t here yet, and we still have our travels to look forward to. None of us want to wish that time away. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for. But, for the wanderlusting among us, our minds move onto where we want to go next the moment one holiday is booked. If we have no ideas, it can be hard to get our minds into the travel planning mode. It may be that you’ve visited all the destinations you wanted to see. Or, you may be distracted with the holiday in front of you. Whatever the reason, we all need a little help choosing where we want to go sometimes. Here are a few ideas about how to pick the perfect vacation.

Know what you want

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Before you can start, you need to settle on what’s most important to you in a holiday. If you don’t know this, the search will seem impossible. Decide whether you want a busy or remote setting. Do you value beach time or culture? Is a hot climate a must, or are you willing to compromise for stunning scenery? It can also help to consider the places you’ve already been. Thinking about where you most enjoyed will help you pick a winner next time around. Get out a notebook and write down a list of things that mean the most. Then, type your criteria into a search engine and see what results you get.

Know the requirements

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Some countries need nothing more than a passport. Others have extensive requirements. Consider this now, to avoid unpleasant surprises. It may be that you’ll need to apply for a visa, or find out ESTA information before you go. If these are things that would put you off, there are a few destinations you’ll be able to strike off the list. If you don’t mind about additional requirements, find out what each country needs. When making difficult decisions, things like this can make or break an option. Plus, knowing what you need will allow you to act fast if you do choose such a country.

Play the potluck game

This may only be suited to the avid travelers among you. Playing the potluck game with your choice can be a lot of fun. Travel is, after all, about being open and creative. And, what better way to do that than to visit somewhere you’ve never heard of? It could end up being the best holiday of your life. Sit in front of a map, and point with your eyes closed. Of course, you don’t have to go to the first destination you point to. It might be sea or desert. If so, pick again, or choose the destination closest.

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Remember that this isn’t a one-horse race. You don’t have to pick one place and kiss goodbye to all the others. You may have a winner, but make a list of anywhere else that catches your eye. That way, you’ll have a better idea when planning comes around again.

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