Picking a Destination
Picking a destination doesn't have to be complicated. You could simply throw a dart at a wall map and see where it takes you (the middle of an ocean gets a free re-throw). Of course, if that's a little too random for you, there are some things you can do to help the decision-making process along.
I've put together a few of those things below. These are the same steps I went through when I originally started putting my own RTW trip together. If this seems a little OCD for some of you, feel free to skip parts of it. Keep in mind that you're talking to a process driven kind of guy here. I find solace in walking through things step by step. Nothing says you have to be the same way. ;)
I would suggest you open up a word document or get a piece of paper to make some notes on. As you identify things that you're looking for, you can write them down and then use them later to compare against possible locations. This will help ensure you get the most out of your trips if time and/or money is limited.
Destination Planning 101
- Identify what type of traveler you are - Are you looking for some shoestring budget travel? Adventure travel opportunities? Are you a history and culture buff? Whatever you desire, there's a part of the world that will seem custom built for you.
- Pick some locations - Have a vague idea of where you want to go? It's time to get specific. Have no clue? We can help you there, too.
- Decide when to go - Tourist seasons, weather patterns and other local events need to be taken into account.
- Decide how to get there - Sure, you've thought about flying there, but why limit yourself to just that mode of transportation? Trains, buses, cars, bikes and more. A little imagination can make your travel experience truly unique!