How to Spot a Winning Vacation Destination
In today’s edition we are going to be talking about how to spot a winning vacation destination. There’s no easy answer to this is it depends on your priorities for your trip. However we believe we have pinpointed a few definite topics that you will want to look for to determine whether or not you will find it worth the trip.
- Consider the distance you must travel to get there. One of the stresses involved in taking a vacation, no matter how much you think you will enjoy it, is the amount of travel involved. This is especially true for older travelers who might have health concerns, get tired easily, are diabetic, or who have other health issues. Even younger people will want to consider whether or not they want to spend a great deal of time on the road during their vacation trip. Because that is what you will be doing if you choose a place that is a thousand miles or more away, for example. So consider this carefully before booking.
- Consider the cost. This sounds simplistic enough and you would think everyone would think of this but they often don’t. Booking hotels, finding the appropriate accommodations and lodging, dining and eating out, shopping, and other activities often Require a lot more money than you think it will. So remember one of our earlier posts about 5 vacation tips to save you time and money, especially if the trip is going to cost you a pretty penny.
- Consider tourist factors. By this we mean you want to ask yourself whether or not a lot of people travel to that area or not. For example Panama City Beach is a beautiful place where you can see the ocean from any angle, shop in cool beachwear souvenir shops, and take part in all kinds of water sports. But one bad thing about to rest areas as they are inherently crowded. So think before you pack if you plan to go to a heavily visited area. If you are looking for a private vacation, the beach crowded destinations may not be for you.
- Read reviews. Though some reviews can be biased due to different factors or experiences, in general they provide a good way to see what the general consensus is on how appealing a specific area is. You can read travel reviews of vacation spots, as well as reviews on hotels, restaurants, and hot spots. This will help you determine whether you think it is somewhere you will want to go.
- Talk to friends. The best source of reference regarding whether you may want to try a certain vacation destination is your own friends. Friends will also be more likely to be honest with you regarding certain places and experiences and more accurately advise you on whether to go or not, what hotels to stay in, and other options. So if you know someone who recently traveled to Alaska, but you’ve never been, call them up and ask how they loved their trip to the “frozen tundra.” No, football fans, we are not talking about Lambeau Field! People are usually all too happy to share their experiences. One day, a friend of my parents invited my parents and I over for supper and afterwards, proceeded to show over 800 pictures of Alaska, where he had recently been. Granted, 800 is definite overkill, but we did get a true “picture” of the place! Over a thousand of them, actually.
Well, there you have it. We hope these tips will help you in making your decision on where to go on your next vacation. John Steinbeck said, “People go on vacation more to tell than to enjoy,” referring to the idea that people love to tell vacation stories. And he’s right. So call up a friend and ask their opinion. I’m sure they’ll have a lot to say!