The start of any trip plans must be answering the question of where to go. We have a “bucket list” of places we want to go. Our list is not in a specific order. Rather we constantly are on the lookout for two or three at a time. That way we are able to look for the best deals or take an opportunity to travel with others at times.
The “stars need to align” to help decide which we will do first. However there are some things that may put one ahead of the others. For instance a few years ago we went to Alaska, it came in higher on the list due to changing climate and our desire to see certain sites before there was much more changes. Other trips we have planned we have decided to delay, for example a few years ago we wanted to do a trip that included Egypt. The year we had hoped to go they had a lot of civil unrest so we made the decision to postpone that one for the time being.
Only you know what is most important to you and your travelling companions…….I suggest you make a list of all the places then look at each individually and see if any are higher on your priority list.
Once you have your list of where to go….the next thing is to take a good look at each place and research things like the best time of year to visit them. Put all of that together either in a file, a notebook, or on computer (like the pinterest sample shown above) whatever works for you. Now you have a starting point. So for instance if you always wanted to go to Mardi Gras…..you must go during the time it is on…….if for instance you want to experience 24 hours of daylight then June in Alaska or Yukon for instance may be what you are looking for.
Consider who is going with you, ages, fitness levels, and any special considerations to help you chose the perfect place and time……..kind of hard to hike up a mountain with an infant or to plan an extended trip during school time when you have teenagers. If you have some of these considerations you may need to adjust your plans to see what fits best with your limitations.
Do not forget to look up things like average weather conditions for the time frame you are considering…… for instance, you may not want to go to the North Pole in the middle of the deep winter.
Once you have a couple of places in mind you are ready to start looking for the best trip for you. It is easier if you are open to a couple of things and not necessarily stuck on one thing but if you are looking for something specific then you will need to do your research. Either way now you have your list done and can begin to look at options.