How do you determine where you're going to travel?

@ilyzium (1206)
Canada
August 24, 2009 7:48pm CST
I would say for myself I always Google and read up on a lot of countries before I decide to actually go there. I'll also go out and buy books on the countries, maps and pore over everything there is. I'll even ask around for other people's experiences in those destinations, I'll even consider how is our currency compared to their currency, etc. Also, am I due for a vacation anytime soon? I always consider the time of year I'm traveling too. If you're wanting some sun and relaxation, you're not going to travel to Paris in November, you're better off in an island of some kind.
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@nenuphar (117)
• France
25 Aug 09
Perhaps it's easier for me as I was a home-based travel consultant. What I did was, I would choose an exciting country like Egypt where I combined relaxing River Nile Cruise along with the many wonderful historical sites and naturally those memorable pyramids, Sphinx, and the museum in Cairo. It's kind of fun and educative. I then proposed to my clients and built up a group of minimum 25 paying adults in order to qualify for a 10% discount. I usually travel along with them just to make sure that everything went smoothly and on schedule. Needless to say, I always make sure to suppprovide travel tips to my travelers prior to their trips. I organized and planned many trips in this way, for example: Safari in Kenya; Corfou and a few Greek islands, an unforgettable trip to South Africa and Victoria Falls, and a few cruises in the Mediterranean Sea. Cities like Prague, Budapest, Moscow, St. Petersburg and many others were also included. I didn't make it to China because that's when the Bird flu broke out, a real disappointment!
@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
26 Aug 09
Hi nenuphar, That would have been a very interesting job, I'm sure you enjoyed all your perks didn't you? :) Well, good thing you didn't make it to China at that time. I've always wanted to go on one of those Nile River Cruises- ooh would just love that! I'm sure you probably saw the pyramids too. I was reading somewhere that because of increased terrorism risks that they no longer allow people to tour them inside? That's so disappointing because going to Egypt is one of my dreams and I would say the closest I've been to there is going to the Metroplitan Museum of Art in NY & admiring the Egyptian exhibits, they are fascinating, but no not quite the same. :)
@nenuphar (117)
• France
30 Aug 09
Hi, Indeed I enjoyed it very much, it was my dream job and rewarding as well. It is unfortunate that the bombs are going off every so often. As a matter of fact, that's the real reason I stopped working because I can't imagine myself confronted with this problem if my clients were to be involved in the bombings. To much stress even if there's nothing I can do to help! I don't think this bombing business would go on forever, I hope you will make it there one day! Meanwhile, enjoy the Egyptian exhibitions wherever you are, you'll appreciate it more when you are actually visiting the site :)
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
25 Aug 09
For me the main things to consider are the language, I have to admit that I am only fluent in one language English so that would be an important factor when travelling, that the country I am going to has English as the first or second language. Second to consider is the weather. I am very sensitive to the heat so I wouldn't want to go to countries which are too hot and I would have to make sure that I go out of season, for example I always want to go to New Zealand and know their seasons are opposite ours, so the best time to go would be August when they have Winter. I would also seek advice and information from Mylot, because what better than to find someone who lives in the country you want to visit and get first hand experience from them and where best to visit etc.... There is also a wealth of knowledge on the internet etc... But I have already made up my mind where I want to travel, the only thing that puts me off is the length of the flight 24 hours YIKES! The longest I have flown is 4!
@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
26 Aug 09
Hi wolfie34, Well, yeah I mean New Zealand is on the other side of the world, so if you don't mind traveling that long it would be interesting to visit, but I wouldn't let that deter you from traveling there, think of it as a little adventure. You know I think I actually prefer traveling to non English speaking countries, because I think I like the challenge of navigating my way around the country & forcing myself to interact with locals. I find whenever I travel somewhere I tend to avoid tourists, because I'd rather converse and meet the natives. Oh you're not good with heat...I am the exact opposite and love extreme heat, even if it's 43Celsius, I'll still be sightseeing somewhere...
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
25 Aug 09
I've always wanted to go to Europe and Egypt. I used to watch National geography and those are the places that interest me unfortunately they are not cheap destinations so I have to save for years for it we make it a point to travel in our anniversary I certainly won't go to Europe in fall or winter I've had enough of those here and I won't go to Egypt in summer I probably can live with the heat but my hubby will be BBQed and he is going to complain his a s s off it's going to ruin our trip
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@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
26 Aug 09
Hi LittleMel, Yeah I really don't like Europe so much in the Fall because like everywhere it gets old, rainy, windy but on the other hand it can sometimes surprise you and be hot. I know last year when I traveled to Europe in September, I had to pack both garments for warm and cold weather, which really made my suitcases overstuffed. You could even go on one of those Mediterranean cruises where you're not stuck in one country for long, esp with the heat and all, and gives you the option of seeing a little bit here and there. Egypt would be much better in the springtime or fall than Summer. I know I'm really dying to go there myself. Oh your husband turns into one of those lobsters does he?
@maximax8 (28925)
• United Kingdom
25 Aug 09
When I planned my trip around the world I knew that I wouldn't be able to have the best weather everywhere that I went. By best weather I mean hot weather and not a rainy time of the year. I knew it would be cool in California but I would have good weather in Hawaii, Fiji and Australia or so I had thought. By the time I flew on to Darwin it was the wet season. I borrow travel books from my local library. I read about places like the Philippines which is high up on my travel wish list. I have read about many of the South American countries that I would love to visit too. Next year I am planning to visit Canada so I have purchased some books about it already. Nearer the time I will plan in greater detail. Rather than think up where I am going to. I already have lots of destinations in mind. I have a toddler son and a baby daughter so at the moment I need to visit attractive looking cities. I miss visiting tropical islands but when they are a bit older I will take them to the Philippines for some island hopping. I know I will take them to South America when I have improved my Spanish somewhat.
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@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
25 Aug 09
Hi maximax8, It sounds like you do a lot of traveling! Good for you! Well, we go on one trip a year, though last year we went on two which was nice. I admire the fact that you want to do lots of traveling with your small children, because my parents always took us traveling when we were little and they never had any problems. Of course my parents were always really strict so we'd never dare "mouth off" or be problem children. How many trips do you take per year?
• United States
25 Aug 09
It's a combination of things for me. First and foremost it's my own desires. For example, I've traveled to Europe as part of a history trip when I was completing my history degree in college to be a teacher. We went to Italy, Greece, and Turkey. All that made me want to do is return on my own to get a full experience, which I did. A lot of times I have places that I already want to go, so they remain on my list until I can say that I've been there. Places like India, Brazil, and the United Kingdom are still on my list. Word-of-mouth also works wonders for me. When I hear someone I know, or even someone who I don't know but has basic sensibilities I can relate to, says they had a good time in this place, it makes me want to go visit the same place. To see what they experienced, but at the same time make new experiences for myself, too. I do watch TV like Travel Channel or read travel websites which also are good resources for me to figure out where I want to go. They are incredibly helpful when it comes to making a decision for me; they can provide tips like good times to travel, where to go, etc! I take all of those into consideration.
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@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
25 Aug 09
Hello, Oh yes I really want to see India (Goa, Kashmir), Brazil (everywhere) and hopefully will one day soon. Always wanted to see Carnival there as well. I also watch those travel channels from any one of those guides from: Rick Steeves, to just about anyone. I also really like going to places off the beaten track, that are less populated by tourists. You're right about the word-of-mouth because I think you always remember the good and bad of people's travel stories so you keep that in mind. Another interesting place I want to go see next is Iceland, don't know anyone personally that's gone there but it just seems a fascinating place to visit.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
25 Aug 09
It's a very simple process for me. Do I need to go to this place? If so, I look for a hotel/motel that is close to where I need to be and I reserve a room for the time I need it. Otherwise, I do not go, as I am quite happy here in the desert where I live
@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
25 Aug 09
Hi fwidman, Nice to hear from you again. :) I wish I were that practical in deciding where to go on vacation but I'm not. I'm very indecisive and it takes me forever to decide on something. Did I hear desert? You must be from Arizona, right? Well at the moment we're trying to decide if we'll be going to Cyprus because we've been invited to a friend's wedding. Ok the wedding is not 100% on, because it will be a last minute affair organized entirely by the groom. I know it's a bit off, but our friend is on holiday and will join her fiancee the following week and I guess then they'll know for sure if they'll be having a wedding within the week. Hopefully we'll be going...
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
25 Aug 09
Not Arizona but you are close. I'm actually in the desert above Los Angeles. yes, there are still some places that L.A. hasn't put buildings Cypress sounds like a nice place to visit. I never go on vacations anymore as they cost money and I don't have any.
@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
25 Aug 09
Oh you're from LA? I can imagine you must have really dry, scorching weather... Yes, the recession had hit us all unfortunately...Now when I'm planning a trip I really have to consider the currency of my destination country, so it's feasible to go.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
26 Aug 09
I have often talked with my family as to where we would like to travel. When it comes to planning the vacation we look at the money and time availabel and make our decision.
@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
26 Aug 09
hey bobmnu, That's true some families make the group decision about their travel plans. That's probably one of the more practical ways to make a decision, based on money and time available and we all factor that in. Also it depends if you have small children too, I mean it would be kind of hard to go treking in the Andes, with a small child on your back...
@prinzcy (5055)
• Malaysia
26 Aug 09
When I need to travel, even within this state, I'll look for the information on the place that I need to go, the hotels - which has the best offers and quality, then how to get there - via car, bus, etc and other stuffs that suddenly pop to my head. By doing that, I feel more secure and relieve that I'll have a good trip. Things might be different from what I plan but it's better than not thinking anything.
@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
26 Aug 09
Hey prinzcy, Oh ok. It's funny but I tend to do the exact opposite when I'm in a country. I'll show up in a country, with no accomodation but feel certain that I'll find something and that's always what happens to me. Even last time when we arrived in Rovinj, Croatia at 11:00at night, had nowhere to stay. I found a tourist agency and told them we'd accept whatever just for the night. I figured that way if we didn't like it in the morning, we could drive around or look online for something better.