Choosing a top travel destinationCongratulations, you've decided to go traveling this year! In order to make this trip a memorable and positive experience worth repeating over and over again you need to prepare and plan every little detail carefully. Where to start? Here are our top 5 tips to choose a perfect travel destination.
1. Choose time first
Time is one of the most important things to make you mind about when you're trying to choose a destination. Most of the people go traveling in summer but perhaps it is not the best season for a trip to the sea: the weather is too hot, prices are much higher than in off-season, crowds of people... There are some ways to make your summer last longer though – the second part of spring or the first part of autumn is a bit more budget-friendly, plus a nice weather as a bonus!
If you are going skiing it is wiser to be flexible as well – a few weeks before or after heavy tourist season won't change a thing but you will definitely enjoy empty slopes, lower prices and better hotel rooms.
2. Perfect place and perfect time
Most of European countries due to their soft climate are great in late spring, early autumn or middle winter. Asian and African countries are enjoyable a few weeks or months before or after heatwaves. If you're going to the mountains be sure it's going to be summer or winter for fantastic views. Northern countries are beautiful and warm in spring and summer. Use your imagination and trust yourself – what would be the perfect place for you for an October trip, for example? And what about a May one?
3. Company matters
The format of a trip depends a lot on people you are going to go with. If you are traveling solo there are no limits – trust your intuition and go to the place you have never been before. It is better to choose some kids-friendly destinations if you are going with your family and children – pay attention on hotel facilities, attractions and theme parks around. If you're planning a romantic getaway with your significant one, any European capital from Paris to Budapest will be a smart choice. Travelling with friends? Discuss your expectations thoroughly, perhaps you will agree on a specific destination or even plan a road trip that will cover cities and countries each of you wants to visit.
4. To do list
Sunbathing or sightseeing? Surfing or skiing? Museums or parties? Shopping or exploring the nature? Adventures or relaxation? Well, the choice is yours, but be sure to choose a place that fits your hobbies and favourite activities best.
5. Budget caretaking
Remember that there are always plenty of budget options. Consider going to “second” cities that are sometimes nicer, less expensive and more interesting than capitals. Don't be afraid of exotic non-tourist places, your friends' stories, package tours, hot deals and tickets sales – all of those will give you not only a clue but even help you decide.
Before you go, ensure to get the latest coupons to maximize your savings! Have a great trip!