August 25, 2013 in Travel Thoughts and Tips
Where Should I Travel? That is the question.
People have always asked me for advice on vacation options as well as instructions on what to do in certain destinations. In the course of my giving answers to such queries, as a habit, I don’t immediately answer the person asking. Rather, I find myself probing about so many things about the person and the intended trip. This includes personalities, likes, dislikes, traveling alone or in a group, budget, and so many other things.
Knowing specific information helps me give better advice to people. When I give advice, I dont offer things based on how I travel. Rather, I make suggestions based on personality and desire. Remember, not all travelers are made to be the same. The reason I travel my be very different from the reason you do.
Heres are Three Questions to Ask on how to get the best vacation suggesions.
Ask Yourself: When I Travel..
1. What activities do I find myself doing?
I love traveling to places where there is evidence of cultural differences. Knowing what I like lets me choose a destination, it also helps me narrow down my travel activities in an area. I also like adventure and activities that gives me a certain adrenalin rush. Surfing grabs my attention. In fact there was a time when Id go to the beach every weekend, 5 hours away, for just a full day of surfing. You will trnd to favor destination where you can do the usual things in a totally new location.
2. What Is My Mood?
There was a time in my travel photography career that I absolutely felt I didnt want to take photos. I felt I had to discover something and wanted to do a solo adventure trip to an island.. without a camera. Because of my mood, I was able to decide to go to places where interacting with locals instead of capturing picturesque sceneries was a better activity choice. And it was my mood that made me decide to do something uncommon.
3. What Do I Want to Achieve When I Travel?
Believe it or not, you should have a goal when you travel. Whether its to eat the best food or climb the highest peak, a goal is necessary for you to determine what type of activities fit your profile. When I visited Singapore with my wife. I had two travel goals for that trip – discover and enjoy Singaporean Cuisine, and get to attend service at a church my wife and I really wanted to see. So our itinerary and destination list were prepared to make sure it fit those important goals into our schedule. We found ourselves dedicating half a day for the service, and plotting best food choices on Hawker places on our iPad. The rest of the activities were incidental and we went home really happy, satisfied, and refreshed.
And so the next time you would like to take a vacation, create a clear picture in your mind on what kind of travel experince you would like to have. Be guided by the three questions. And of course, don’t forget to have fun in the process.