How To Choose Your Destination In 10 Steps

I do not know about you, but when it comes time to choose my next destination I still have a lot of trouble making a choice. It is true that a lot of places interest me and I intend to visit all over the years. But the questioning always remains the same, where am I going this time?

How to choose your destination

I share here a few factors to consider, in order to be able to choose a destination suited to your needs.

1.Make a list of the destinations you are interested in

Knowing what interests us at the moment is a good starting point for making a choice. Choose a continent, a list of countries that attract us or that are adapted to the type of trip or activitieswe want to do.

For example, for my trip to next autumn, I would like to walk through the landscapes and villages of a European country. Some destinations come to me so head after a search on different blogs travel and forums (trip forum, lonely planet) travel.

How to choose your destination Ireland

Hiking in a small Irish village

 If you do not have a preference, this step can be skipped and you can start directly in the second step.

2. Define your budget for your trip

As I mention regularly, it is not necessary to be rich to travel. Some types of travel and several destinations are tailored to the budget. For example, you can see my article on the cheapest destinations by continent .

Defining your budget is an important step in choosing your destination. The price of the airline ticket alone covers a large part of the expenses of a trip.

You can view Google Flight prices for flight prices for the period you want to leave

If you do not favor any particular country, maybe you will make your list based on the prices of airline tickets. The Yulair website can help you find the right deals. I sometimes choose my destination according to this criterion.

In addition to the price of airfare, daily expenses can greatly influence your ability to travel to a country.

Compare the daily expense amounts according to the type of traveler you are (small, medium or big budget) in the travel guides of each destination or on travel forums or blogs. Sites such as Le Routard or Lonely Planet have a daily budget section associated with each destination. This can be a good indicator.

3. Define the length of your stay and the time difference

The length of stay can be an influential factor. For short stays, you may find it preferable to go to a destination closer to your home.

For example, when I have only 10 days of vacation, I take advantage of it to go to Central America rather than Asia where I take a minimum of 3 weeks. The shorter my vacation time, the less I want to lose in transport to get there and the more the jet lag factor becomes an important criterion. Allow about 1 day of adaptation to your body per hour of lag . Do the calculations and set your own limits.

time zones

Map of time zones

4. Verify Flight Information

The flight time discourages many a traveler. Some people are unable to make more than 6 hours in a row to get to a destination. So I suggest you look at flight-specific information. The time of each of them, the number of stopovers , the total number of hours before arriving at the final destination, the departure and arrival times . These are several factors that can influence your choice depending on whether or not they suit you.

5. Look at the country of destination warnings

Without getting into paranoia, it is essential to know the news about the countries we want to visit. Natural disasters sometimes arise and political, social and economic situations change rapidly. It is therefore important to have access to reliable and regularly updated sources on the state of security in the countries.

The website of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Canada provides information on each country. Alternatively, you can always reach the nearest embassy of the country you want to go to in order to collect the information. But beware, the site of the ministry is always too cautious and can easily engender fear among travelers. Trust your own judgment, without taking unnecessary risks.

Destination guatemala

Military in Antigua Guatemala

6. Check the weather at departure and tourist season

Each country has a climate of its own with more favorable periods and others less. Traveling in monsoon season may not be the type of trip you are hoping for. For some, the lure of a luxuriant flora makes it an ideal time.

Learn about the best times to visit a country. What is a good time at home, is not necessarily in the country of destination. The site when to leave is a good starting point for your research.

Example: Where and when to go to Laos

When to go


Remember that south of the equator line, the seasons are reversed. While we are in summer in Quebec, Argentina is in the middle of winter.

But do not hesitate to travel also during the low season , the flow of tourists is often less and prices softer. You will see the country in another day.

7. Check the special events of the selected countries

Festivals and festivals are interesting moments to discover the culture of a country . I was in Laos during the festival of lights and during the great event of the boats race. I loved my experience, it was a highlight of my trip.

Perhaps there is one or more special events in your selected countries. This could influence your choice. Or maybe it’s the opposite. If you prefer the tranquility of a place better to avoid those times when prices swell and where it is difficult to find accommodation.

8. Check the entry formalities and the time required to obtain

Knowing the formalities of entry into a country is imperative. The need or not a visa, its complexity and the time of preparation, its cost and the time you are granted by the government to remain in their territory might make you choose one destination over another. Bhutan, for example, where a huge daily tax is required and where it is compulsory to go through an agency may discourage more than one.

9. Check the pre-departure vaccinations and the health component of the destinations

The travel health is one aspect not to be overlooked. Consult your travel health clinic for the risks in each country and your vaccine and medication needs . For some places, several vaccines are needed. In addition to the cost which is very high, the time between the different doses can be a few weeks. Then it is a part to be envisaged according to your chosen destination.

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