How to Choose a Travel Destination

Seven Methods:InterestsVisasVaccinationsSafety IssuesBudgetLanguageTiming

Choosing a travel destination is as unique as the traveler. Even traveling to the same location is a different experience for each person. Planning your travel wisely is one of the best ways to ensure that your destination suits your interest and budget.

Method 1

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    Decide what you would like to do. Do you like adventure and adrenaline pumping activities? Consider a place that has rafting, skydiving, zip-lining, and mountain climbing. If you like history, ancient places like Egypt, China or Rome might be right for you. Beach destinations are popular for relaxation. Consider theme parks or camping when traveling with children.

Method 2

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    Check visa requirements for foreign travel. People traveling within Visa Waiver Program countries aren't required to apply for tourist visas in advance. Their visa is issued upon port of entry as a passport stamp. For travel to or from other countries, you may have to apply well in advance to obtain your visa before travel, so consider this when choosing your destination.

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    Go to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) web site. Search your travel destination to see what medications and vaccinations are recommended, if any. Some vaccinations, like the vaccination for Japanese Encephalitis, require doses spaced out over the period of several months, so be sure to see your travel medical professional early.

Method 4
Safety Issues

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    Check your state department's web site for safety issues and travel warnings on foreign destinations. Do not use domestic news sources or travel guide books as an indication of current events in a country. It's best to check with your embassy in the country of destination. If traveling within your own country, be aware of any safety issues at the location where you want to go.

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    Decide what kind of budget you need for travel. Some places may expensive to get to because they are remote, but relatively cheap once you are there due to the local economy. You may spend a similar amount of money whether you travel in Central Asia or Central Europe. Research the price of airfare, lodging, transportation, activities and food before deciding on a travel destination.

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    Determine how comfortable you are with foreign languages. Most places have at least a few people who speak English in the tourist areas, otherwise you may have to resort to smiles and sign language if you don't know the language of the region. Some countries do not use the Roman alphabet, so don't count on reading the signs and looking up the words in a pocket dictionary. Do a little research on your destination, find your linguistic level of comfort, and choose accordingly.

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    Consider the best time to travel. Check the weather for the months you want to travel. Is it monsoon season? Are blizzards likely? If so, you may want to choose a different date or place. The advantage to traveling during the off-season is you will likely deal with fewer crowds. Research the local festivals and holidays. In some countries, everything closes for a month in August for the summer work break, which might make it hard for you to shop. Other countries have strict fasting laws for religious holidays, which will make dining out a challenge. Know the weather, festivities, and customs of your travel destination before you decide.


  • Get as much information as you can from people who have been to your travel destination. Be sure to get more than one point of view.
  • When going to more remote destinations, be sure you know the visa requirements for each country where you will change planes. Some travel itineraries require changing from an international to domestic airport. If you must leave the international airport to get to a connecting flight or other transportation, you may need a visa for the transit country.

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