No matter if you’re planning the trip of a lifetime, or if you’re embarking on a quick weekend getaway, having an awesome vacation (i.e. the best possible travel experience you can have) requires a formulaic approach. As any seasoned traveler will tell you, there is an awful lot of a travel experience over which you have no control; here are some items over which you do have control- which ultimately puts you in charge of having your best vacation ever.
There is certain romanticism in spinning the globe and seeing where you finger lands to determine your next vacation spot, or going to the airport with plans to board the next departing plane in a given direction. However, real-life travel (and real life happiness) depends on compatibility (and we’re not talking about relationships). At the risk of sounding obvious, what do you want to do- and what do you like to do? Do museums make your eyes glaze over? Do you covet the beach? Is your holiday about the food? Are you an adrenaline junkie who won’t be happy without some tales to tell post-trip? When you start short-listing your destinations, take into account what sort of environment are you most comfortable in terms of climate, distance from home and active holiday vs. total relaxation.
While it may seem like great fun to pack up the family for a trip around the world in 80 days, any parent will tell you that a trip to the grocery store is often enough to start the choruses of “Are we there yet?”, so you’ll want to pick a family trip that will preserve your sanity (while creating wonderful memories, of course). That said, if you are planning a romantic getaway with your significant other, a girls weekend, a retirement trip- or perhaps are traveling solo, make sure your destination (and your hotel or resort in particular) makes sense. Who does the advertising seem to be geared to? What sort of packages do they offer? These are all things to look into before you commit to booking.
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