Sometimes you know exactly where your next trip will be, or at least you have it narrowed down to a few selections, other times you could spin the globe and travel to where it stops. Here are some great tips from the TravelCard family whether you are a senior, solo or a family travelling on choosing your next travel destination.
Some initial questions to ask yourself before you take your next trip are:
- How long are you going for?
- What type of holiday are you looking for?
- What is your budget?
- Who will be travelling with you?
- Do you or your travelling companions have any allergies or health issues which make travel more complicated?
- Do you like to travel to places you are familiar with or a totally new destination?
- Hot, cold or perfect in between weather?
How much time do you have? Enough for a long haul trip, jetlag recovery, before the return journey? International destination holidays have much to offer, but so do domestic holiday adventures. A Queensland island retreat may be an easier option than a Bali adventure, but if it’s budgeted at the forefront, Bali might be the way to travel.
Looking at the hottest destination of the year, remember if it’s been labelled the place to be, there will be a lot of other people ticking it off their bucket list. For complete relaxation, a place you know well or an all included holiday can often be the best option. If you feel like an adventure, but without any stress, a package deal like a bus tour or cruise can be the perfect option too.
For the adventure of a lifetime, a little more research might be needed. Going off the beaten track can be an amazing quest, but be careful you have researched the locations, laws, concerns and the pitfalls. Always check smartraveller.gov.au to be prepared.
Travelling as a family? Do you want some child-free time – need a kids club? Or are you looking to immerse the children (and yourself) into the culture of the destination? Pacific Islands have wonderful kids club options, as do cruises. Asia is a wonderful kid-friendly adventure with reasonable flight time.
Senior travellers may need to consider any pre-existing conditions and look for a country with good medical care or you may be looking for an adventure holiday with parasailing or voluntary work with animals. Look where your heart desires and your budget can stretch.
Sometimes a mix of a tour group and some free travel in between can be a great option for travellers. Enjoy smaller destinations with some guidance but take time to roam the big cities on your own and follow your dream path.
With online booking options readily available and review websites easily accessible researching your destination or your need for a holiday can often help you narrow down the field. Or perhaps just spin the globe and point, you might be off on an amazing adventure!
For some more helpful suggestions in choosing your next travel destination, visit our blog article: Top 10 travel destinations for Aussie’s