If you are anything like me, then you will have a million and one places on your bucket list that you want to visit and deciding where you want to go next can be a headache. So Today, I’m going to show you how to the decision a little bit easier. (Because let’s face it, its ALWAYS going to be hard to decide where you to go!)
The three things that I consider when deciding where to go are;
Well, duh, of course, location is obviously going to be on the list because that where I am deciding to go! I hear you!! However, by knowing where your destinations are located and grouping them together, you can see which ones are easier to tick off and which ones will require a bit more planning and saving.
The easiest way to sort your bucket list is to grab a notebook, open Evernote or Google Doc (whatever you like to use!) and ask yourself these 4 questions which are;
Is the destination local to where you are?
These destination will be the ones you can get to within 1 to 3 hours of where you live via car, aeroplane or any other public transport. So me, this means that cities like Cambridge, Norwich and London would be placed in this category as both Cambridge and Norwich are about 1 hour away and London is about 1½ to 2 hours away, from where I live in Suffolk.
Is the destination is the same country as you?
These destinations will be the ones that are a bit further away, so they could be on the other side of the country to where you live. So for me, this means that destinations like Manchester, Liverpool, Wales, Scotland and Cornwall would be placed into this category as they all range from 5 -7 hours from where I live.
Is the destination under 4 hours flying time?
These destinations will be the ones that are located under 4 hours or better known as shout-haul destinations. For me, this means most destinations across Europe, like France, Spain, Italy, will be included in this section for me as it takes me from 2-4 hours from the UK.
Is the destination on the other side of the world?
These destinations will be the rest of the destinations that doesn’t fit into the other categories. This generally means that these destinations are going t require more money and fair amount of advance planning as well jet leg trying to screw you over!
For me, these destinations will be like of the US, Canada, Thailand, China, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.
Time, it’s a funny thing, everyone has the same amount of time. However, by the time you have added in work, sleep, working out and all the other day-to-day activities, your properly wondering how are going to make the time to travel.
How often? How Far?
To answer this, you are going to need to figure out how often you are going to travel and how far your willing tot travel throughout the year.
Are going to use your annual holiday from work to tick of some of these destinations?
Are you going to take advantage of national holiday weekends?
Are you going to use a bit of both?
What I Would do...
My advice and what I would personally do is;
If I planed to stay close to home, I would totally make use of the weekend. So I would leave after work on Friday or early Saturday morning and plan to come back home on Sunday night to be back at work for Monday Morning.
If I was feeling a little more adventurous, I would take advantage of the long weekend, so either booking Friday and Monday from work or use the national holiday weekend, to take full advantage to travel to cities across the country or even take a cheeky flight to a top city destinations across Europe.
I would save the more ‘long haul’ trips across the world to my annual holiday leave as I can easily take a couple of weeks off to do some serious exploring and maybe tick some of the other destination while I’m in the area.
Once you have organised your bucket list and figured out how much time you are willing to travel, you’ll need to figure out how far your money can go. To do this, you’ll need to ask yourself this one very important question, which is;
How Much Money Are You Willing to Spend?
Depending on how much you are planning to travel, you are going to need to figure out how money you have to be able to fulfil and enjoy your travels. As the last thing you want to do is to spend all your money on accommodation, flights but don’t have any money to spend on all the other things want to do when you are there.
Lucky for you, there are ways to help you make the most of your money to help you go travelling to the places that you have always dreamed off! They are;
Track Your Money
By tracking the money that you have coming in and also, more importantly, the money that is going out. By doing this you can see where your spending your money, such as getting your coffee fixes and buying lunch out. This also helps you find ways that you can save money.
Create a Travel Budget
Once you have a better idea of where your money is going, you are going to need to create a budget which will allow you to save the additional money to travel more frequently. You can also come up with creative ways to earn and save extra cash if needed.
Use Travel Comparison Websites
By using travel comparison sites like Skyscanner, Kayak, Trivago, Hotels.com and Expedia you can find out when the best time to travel to your destinations and get fantastic deals on your flights and accommodation which can easily be most expensive part of the trip.
It is also worth mention, that if you can get hold of any attractions/sights tickets in advance, such as a city pass, it will be worth getting before you travel as it could save you time and money once you are there!
If you need more help on creating a travel budget that will work for you, I have a created a post on this very subject which you can check out below.
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Putting it Together
Okay, now that we’ve talked about 3 considerations that you should consider when choosing where to go next. So your next action steps for how to choose what destinations to travel to next are;
1.|| Grab a notebook or a bit of paper with your favourite pen, or if you are more digitally minded, open Evernote or a Google Doc and sort your bucket into 4 categories ( Local, National Short-Haul and Rest of the World)
2.|| Grab a Calendar, paper or digitally, and start figuring out when you are going to these destinations. Are you going to use your annual holiday? Weekends? Or just a mixture of all them?
3.|| Next, track your money, use either mint.com or pen and paper, and record any money that is going in and out. Ask yourself, is there any unnecessary spending which can be used towards your travel fund instead.
4.|| Create a Travel Budget that will work for you, if you need more help with this, you can check out this highly detailed post here.
5.|| Get on the travel comparison site and start searching and book for deals that fit with your budget and satrt ticking off those bucket list destinations!
Over to You...
How to do YOU decide what destinations to travel to next, even you want to go everywhere?
Let me know in the comments!