So you're ready to travel the world, you've got your PTO waiting to be used up before the year ends, and now all you need to do is book your flight. But where to? A beautiful tropical country in South America? A wintery wonderland in Scandinavia? A breathtaking desert in Africa?
Though choosing where to travel to can seem like an overwhelming decision to make (and it actually can be for both novice and experienced travelers alike), there are some simple ways to narrow down your search to pick the best place for you on your next getaway.
Read on for 5 ways to decide where to travel to next.
1. Check Out Flight Costs
Check out flight costs on a third-party website like Kayak or Expedia to help you find what the cheapest flights are during the season that you want to travel. This might immediately narrow down your search to a handful of countries because some flights will cost way more than others depending on the time of year and popularity of the destination.
2. Do a Quick Search for "Points of Interest"
Google will populate a list of popular sites and attractions for any given country when you search "Points of Interest" for your desired country. This will help you get a feel for what you can expect to see do and do while you're there. Hikes? Beach days? Museums?
3. Consider the Weather
Another easy way to narrow down your search is by considering what type of climate you want to be in. A tropical getaway in South America? A snowy escape to Scandinavia? If you know what type of climate you want to be in, you can eliminate countries from your list or put others on your radar.
4. Think Culture, Food and Geography
Take a moment to think about what cultures, cuisines or landscapes you might want to be immersed into. Perhaps you love Asian cuisine... or you love learning about Greek mythology... or you love desert photography... Take those interests into consideration and you're likely going to be able to decide what region of the world you want to travel to next.
5. Establish Your Budget
If you can establish your budget and decide how much you want to invest into your trip, you'll be able to decide which countries match that budget. For example, some places in Europe can get expensive very quickly, while regions of South America can be quite affordable on the U.S. dollar.
Hopefully these tips will help you narrow your search as you decide where to go for your next vacation! For ideas on where to travel to and new travel adventures to join in on, check out FTLO's upcoming trips and sign up today!