Sitting in front of the TV is no way to get excited about travel.
Even if you happen to enjoy absorbing documentary after documentary about giant turtles in the Galapagos, or whale watching off the coast of Greenland, or the daily tribulations facing the cute and fury treetop animals residing in the uncharted valleys of the Bornean rainforest, there’s no greater nor more direct route to thoughts of travel than a good old Monday morning traffic jam.
Choosing where to go is like deciding between desserts in a restaurant. You can only have one. Maybe two. Certainly, no more than three. That would be greedy. So, where to begin?
This is where I feel a little like a member of the cabin crew pointing out the fire exits, but we should always begin with a reminder to take out travel insurance – accidents can lead to higher premiums if handled badly (if you’ve been affected, ask yourself how much does your car insurance go up after an accident in Ontario, and be sure to take travel insurance seriously).
Money and time will play their part
What kind of travel destination most attracts your attention? Do sun-kissed beaches beckon? Does the city skyline summon you? Does the rural countryside speak out? Now, get serious about the budget – both in terms of your financial budget and your time budget.
Realizing what is realistically within your reach and what is going to have to remain on your bucket list until either your bank balance or available free time (or both) improves is necessarily always going to be step one.
Can you get to Cancun and back on your budget inside your six-day availability? Yes? Great. If not, planning this thing out is going to take some real honesty about your situation.
Adventure time? Or the quest for inner peace?
Getting away should have a purpose. If you simply travel as far away as possible with the money and time you have available, only to arrive, touch the furthest away wall at the back of the hotel, and begin heading back home again, that is a wasted journey.
Narrow down your objective by choosing right away between one of two primary purposes for your trip – are you searching for adventure or relaxation?
Is a spa just what the doctor ordered? Or do you need the thrill of an African safari to zap your batteries back to life? When you manage to match up money, time, and a choice between adventure and relaxation, you’ll be in a much stronger position to choose a destination.