This is definitely not something to stress out about (hello first world problems), but with vacations costing as much as they do, it’s understandable to want to make sure you’re getting exactly what you want out of your next trip. From the tropics to mountain tops to busy metros, there are all kinds of vacations out there—some focused on relaxation, some all about exploring and being active. Hopefully after following these four steps you’ll have an idea of where you’re headed next!
Step 1: International or Domestic
This is a big one—for your wallet and for the amount of time you want to take off work. Domestic trips tend to be a little cheaper and don’t require more than a week off of work to make it “worth it.” People can get really wrapped up in the idea of heading to another country, but there are so many amazing places in their own backyard—especially in a huge country like the U.S.! Once you decide what your budget is and establish a timeline, answering this question should be easy.
Step 2: Family or Alone
Taking along the kids, your parents, siblings or friends is definitely something to consider. Family and friends are great, but it’s not for everyone or every vacation. Take a minute to think about whether you’d like some alone time, romantic time or quality time with the fam. You also have to remember that if youngsters are included, that opens the door to amusement parks and other kid-friendly activities you may not necessarily want to do.
Step 3: Relaxing or Active
Some trips aren’t just “vacations”—they’re adventures of a lifetime! There’s a massive difference between wanting to hang out on an all-inclusive beach for week and hiking the highlands of Scotland. If you can at least eliminate half of that equation it will be much easier to narrow down which corner of the world you’d like to disappear to.
Step 4: Urban or Country
A lot of people dream of spending their off time in some of the world’s most glamorous cities like New York, London, or Paris, while others prefer to rent out a backwood cabin and enjoy being reclusive in an unfamiliar place. This is a big one and will significantly sway the direction you decide to go in.