To me, this is one of the hardest parts of planning a trip. There a 1,000,000,000 places I want to go all at once and the realization is that I can only go to 10 or 20 of those places.
In this post we are going to take a look at:
- Narrowing Down The Travel Choices
Like I talked about in my last post about Choosing A Travel Style your travel experience is up to you. How and what you do are decided by you ahead of the trip. Either by how hardcore you are about planning your trip or how little you planned it both decide the outcome of what your trip looks like. It is easy to research until you find “all of the answers”. You will always find people who tell you, go here, or go there or travel like this or travel like that. As much as I will emphasize researching for the life of this blog and as much as I will tell you to talk to people and find out the most amazing places on earth. I will also tell you that you are the one who ultimately has to decide.
The problem with deciding is that it feels risky. What if I choose this place and I really don’t like it? What if I make the wrong decision? To be quite frank, there is no getting around that. You can plan and plan and plan but ultimately someone may have loved Athens and you might hate it. Someone may have highly recommended going to The Leaning Tower Of Pisa and you may take them up on it and have a very different experience. You could choose to go to the place you have always wanted to go and get there only to find there are riots that day. As much as you plan you can never plan a trip that goes off without a hitch.
Okay, I am saying all of that for a reason. At some point, YOU just have to choose. There is no easy way about it. Just make a list, check it twice and start scratching off some of the places. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I thought that I would only take one trip in my lifetime. But I can look at a list and slowly scratch off places because I am convinced that I will travel again. I am convinced because Megan and I prioritize traveling. We love it so much that we cannot imagine our lives without travel.
If I can give you a word of practical advice, just look up pictures of the places you want to go and start listing them in order of places you MUST go places you REALLY WANT to go and places you would LIKE to go. That right there can help to narrow it down. Ultimately you have to do the scratching but if you know where you want to go most it helps to knock a few places off.
As much as I would like to give you the magic pill that will solve the angst in choosing where to go I have to be honest. There is no magic pill. Choosing is part of the journey. Only you can make that decision.
Where are some of the places you would like to go on your next trip?
Until next time, I am Joseph Lewin, and enjoy the journey!