When I make plans to travel, there are a few questions I ask myself to narrow down the best option for me. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before you decide on your trip.
What is my budget?
Budget is the first thing you should consider when choosing the trip you want. It’s not uncommon for someone to come to me and give me their budget and then the destination they have picked does not match their budget. So have a couple of options in mind or find a way to be flexible so that you can afford the trip.
**Tip: put aside $50-$100 a month in a special savings account with your bank. This is what I do every 2 weeks so that when it’s time for my trip I don’t have to take it out of my regular savings account and already have my spending money saved up.**
What climate do I want to experience?
When I’m home in Nova Scotia for the winter and a huge snow storm hits us (which happens quite often in the winter season) I think about a sunny place that’s warm – but not too warm. I don’t like the heat but I don’t like below zero.
**Tip: If you are not one for either hot or cold weather visit a country during their spring or fall season.**
What kind of service level do I want?
This question can also be connected with your budget. If my budget is tighter, I choose basic accommodations. If I’m looking for something more luxurious, I choose to upgrade.
**Tip: If you are looking for a mixture between budget friendly and good quality accommodations, choose a standard level place to stay. Standard level accommodations are approximately 3 stars.**
How active do I want to be?
If you are looking at land based adventures that have the full itinerary planned, they also have the fitness level outlined. There may be lots of walking or more vehicle transport so check first so you know what physical level to expect.
**Tip: For land based adventures that have the full itinerary planned out for you, choose a departure that has moderate or light physical activity. There are days during the trip where if you want to opt in to something more physical you can.**
Am I looking for a place to relax or site seeing?
Sometimes after a very intensely planned trip, I need a vacation from my vacation because I never took the time to relax. It usually takes me about a week after to feel like my normal self again. Though I’m not typically the type of traveler who can lay on a beautiful beach for a few days, it is nice to have a couple of days where I can relax and recover while enjoying the scenery.
**Tip: For a mixture of site seeing and a relaxing trip stay in the city centre of your visited region. You can easily take a bus or train to the countryside for the day if you are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere.**