It’s time for more of Eevee’s essential travel tips. This week, James Willis gives us his guide to choosing the perfect holiday destination…
I realise that picking a standard holiday destination is a relatively easy task, but for those who want a slightly more adventurous trip, things can get a little bit more complicated. However, there ARE a number steps you can take to make this decision easier.
1) Pick a continent
The first way of narrowing down your potential destinations is by picking a general area. Every continent is different – so if you aren’t able to pick one that appeals to you then, frankly, NO ONE can help you find a holiday. Africa has some of the best wildlife and nature in the world, whilst Antarctica is one of the most unique destination choices available. Looking for something a little more dynamic? You could always try South America (unique and lively flavour), or North America (renowned for the experiences it offers). Other options include Europe (which is filled to the brim with culture and history), or Asia (atmosphere and style). If absolutely none of those places appeal, there’s still Australasia – a continent which has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
2) Check the season
Having narrowed down your destination to at least a continent, the next step is checking the season. Maybe you’ve decided to go for a pacific island holiday. If so, there’s absolutely no point in following that through if you plan to travel during their typhoon season. Or perhaps you’ve booked a nice summer holiday to Australia, but failed to remember that our summer is their winter. While there is nothing stopping you from travelling to destinations outside of the tourist season, you should be fully aware of this when you are there – not least so you can pack the right things.
3) Pick a style
So you’ve picked your continent and it’s in peak season. Now it’s time to narrow things down even further by deciding what sort of activities you want to do. If you enjoy spending the entire week at the hotel pool, then why spend a fortune travelling to a far-away, exotic destination? If you want a mixture of sandy beaches and culture, then ensure you find a destination that offers both. Whilst many countries in Africa will offer a safari (of sorts), maybe the animals you’re most interested in are only in certain countries. Narrow down what you want so you know which countries remain options.
4) Check the area’s status
So by now you’ve picked some potential countries, or if you’re lucky, narrowed it down to one in particular. One of the final things to do is to check the nation’s status. While there is potential for danger in any country, you should be aware of any political tension (or similar) in a holiday destination. Be wary of booking your perfect Greek holiday if they’re in the middle of economic riots, or planning an exotic Egyptian getaway if they’re overthrowing the government. If you search long enough, you will find potential issues in any country. However, it makes sense to be aware of any immediate danger that could seriously hinder your holiday. If you check before you book, then you can quite easily change your plans.
4) Take the plunge
If you’ve picked some countries and there’s no immediate danger, then really, it’s time to take the plunge and book. You’ve put enough thought into your destination, now it’s time to sit back and enjoy everything that’s thrown your way. If you can’t choose between more than one place, either book a holiday that involves travelling between destinations, or just wait until the following year. These countries aren’t going anywhere (well, most of them aren’t). Just dive in and enjoy.