When I was a kid, I loved those Choose Your Own Adventure books. I would read each one multiple times, changing up the choices to get a new story each time. Planning travel is a lot like those books for me. So many options to choose from, and so many different experiences depending on a few tweaks to those choices. For me, this is totally thrilling, and planning each new adventure never gets boring.
Where do you start when you want to choose your next adventure? Here are some questions to ask yourself.
What does your soul need right now? We all need different types of trips at different times in life. What do you need right now? To connect with nature, or get lost in a museum? To lounge with a fruity drink or eat your way through a market? There’s no wrong answer, just think about what you’re needing and let that lead you in the right direction.
How much time do you have? Each place you go to has a bazillion things you want to experience. You’ll never be able to cram everything in, and you don’t want to spend your whole trip racing from place to place. A trip to Hawaii could be spent entirely at the beach learning to surf, or hiking through rainforests and over volcanos. Think about what you want to experience and how much time you have, and let that dictate what you fill your itinerary with, aiming for quality over quantity.
Who gets to join you? Friends, boyfriend, husband, family? Whoever it is (or they are) be sure you are on the same page and equally participating in the planning. Also, no one said you can’t go alone. Traveling solo can be one of the most rewarding experiences you could have.
What can you afford? I’m a big fan of not spending money you don’t have, instead figure out a realistic budget you can afford and plan around that. Don’t tack money stress onto what should be an escape from your regular routine.
Who can plan this for me? Not everyone is a geek who takes pleasure in researching tons of options and figuring out the most efficient travel routes, so get help if you need it. Once you know what you want, research a travel company that will help you plan the perfect adventure, whether it’s as a group or solo travel. Ask around, do some research and let someone else take care of the details or guide you through options.
Where are you going on your next adventure? I’d love to hear!