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Where to go on vacation; How To Chose Vacation Destination

where to go on vacation

Deciding where to go on vacation should be a pleasant task. However, with so many beautiful places out there and so little vacation time most people have, it might become a bit overwhelming. Let's see how to make this easier!

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Where to go on vacation

How To Choose Vacation Destination

"Walk" on Google maps

  • How to walk on Google Maps

  • Don't forget to look around!

  • Walking on Google map is the best for choosing a vacations destination.

  • Save every spot from you future travel list on Google map.

  • Create a custom route and walk.

  • Get travel guidebooks from a library.

  • DK Eyewitness guides

  • Rick Steve's guidebooks

When Is The Best Time To Visit

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How To Choose Vacation Destination

So, how do you go about choosing your next vacation destination? What do you need to take into the consideration?

Tentatively decide where you want to go

First, tentatively decide where you want to go. Trust your gut instinct! You KNOW what you like.

What kind of places do you want to visit?

Do you like exploring some remote mountain areas for a nice hiking adventure? Or, perhaps you like spending lots of time relaxing at the sea. Or would you rather go to a bustling city?

Or, maybe you are like me, and prefer to visit some medieval town with narrow streets?

Choose a country to go to and don't worry about the details yet.

Chose the country, the city. Don’t worry about HOW you’ll get there yet. There are always affordable ways. Right now you are just narrowing down your choices.

check Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest for destination ideas.      

If you are still not sure about your future destination location, you can check Instagram, YouTube or Pinterest for the ideas.

Use of instagram for destination ideas.

There are many million of posts on Instagram, so it will give you some idea. Search for hashtags: #travel, #traveling, #instatravel, #instatraveling, #traveldeeper, #instago, #travelphotos,  #holiday.  

As an example, my last 8 posts on Instagram is feed are below, and you can subscribe to it here 

My Instagram feed.

Watch YouTube videos to get FAMILIAR with DIFFERENT destinations

Peoples’ recommendations, while useful, are subjective. It is much better to see the visual images of different destinations, which you can do watching different videos there.

For example, Here is a video of one of my own destinations - Split, Croatia. I highly recommend going there!

go to  http://youtube.com to get your own feeling about your future destination.   And then make a list of your possible destinations. Now, let's go to the next step.

"Walk" on Google maps

Do you know that Google Maps is not only great for getting the directions, but it has even a better use? You can "walk" on Goggle Maps virtually and get almost the same impression from the surroundings as if you were walking in real time!

Let me show you how.

How to walk on Google Maps

Go to Google maps.

Check out every city and every attraction from your new YouTube list on Google Maps.

Type the destination city in. Grub the yellow dude in the lower right corner by left clicking on him and drop him on the city or a street you want to check out. You can only drop him on a street or place marked blue.  Once you’re on the street, start  “walking” by clicking on the arrows.

Don't forget to look around!

Don’t forget to look around and up.  You will feel as if you are walking on the street for real! :) You can zoom in on different details.

BTW, If you landed in a blue circle, it’s a 360 degree picture. You can’t walk there, but turn around to get a better look of the area.

Walking on Google map is the best for choosing a vacations destination.

This step is the most informative for me. I can ALWAYS predict if I will like the place or the city, by “walking it” on google maps. How did we live before Google maps?! ;)

Save every spot from you future travel list on Google map.

BTW, while you are finding all those great places to visit on Google map, why don't you bookmark every spot you like? You can do this by pression the "save" button.

This way you will have all the cool places already on the map for you! And once you are on the location, you can find the direction to it; it's already on your map!

And the more you "walk" the map, the more you looks around and admire, the more bookmarks you have. This is how I keep track of places to visit. You can create differently colored bookmarks for places, favorites, food, whatever else, you can add any list you want!

Create a custom route and walk.

You can even create a custom route, connecting all your bookmarked locations! This is the easiest way for you to plan your entire itinerary for the city!

Get travel guidebooks from a library. 

You should buy the right guidebook eventually, but first why don't you get 5 or maybe 10?;) guidebooks from your local library to try out?  Then, if you have really narrowed down on the  desired country/city you can just buy one for your own marks. 

DK Eyewitness guides

I used to LOVE DK Eyewitness travel guides.  I had so many of them! They had so many pretty pictures that were keeping me warm during cold winter months in my hometown. They had tons of useful information, though, with all honesty I never really used that information for anything other than getting a general idea of where I would love to go next.  However,  new editions DK books are very shallow, and it's not only my opinion.  You can still buy used DK Eyewitness series  from the Internet. 

Rick Steve's guidebooks

Some people, build their entire trip preparation around travel guidebooks. They go through every word in the guidebook religiously, make lists, write down all the names.  Especially it seems to be true for Rick Steve's guidebooks fans. 

I completely understand where they are coming from, and admire you, if you're one of his fans!:). Just planning the trip can be a very exciting part of the trip!  I just could never bring myself to write down all the names.  I get bored fast if I do. But I had more than enough patience to pin all the precise locations on the map!:) I guess people just operate differently and there is no right or wrong way, just whatever works for you and makes you happy!   And if you don't know what it is, why not try it all and chose for yourself?;)

But let's go to another step. Once you’ve narrowed down on the city, there is something else to think about. 

When Is The Best Time To Visit

Now it’s time to research when is the best time to visit your destination. For example, it might be not the best time to visit Rome in August, when it’s 106 F every day. Also you might reconsider going somewhere north in winter.  It might matter to you that there are masons and hurricane seasons at your destination. Find out when.

If you realize that the travel dates you can go are not great for your destination you're considering, save it for another time and go somewhere else. 

I will write a post about when is the best time to travel in Europe soon. For now, you can check out this website for the average weather at your destination during each month.  https://weatherspark.com/

Now that you have a pretty good idea where you want to go and when, let me show you how to get plane tickets for cheap. 

I hope you are all energized to plan a trip now! :) For more information, read other sections of my blog, subscribe to my periodic emails and let's connect on social media!

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