The art of choosing a destination that fits your pocket, time and efforts is no easy feat. It requires extensive research, a lot of time and a few tablespoons of patience (Okay maybe a whole jar, instead!)
Before we dwell further into how to go about mastering this art, it might be of help to you that I cater to this very problem - Destination Planning. Feel free to check out the 'Travel Planner' section and fill up any of the forms so that I can help you with planning your travels with ease. 🙂
Now, here are 7 Pro-tips to stick by when you find yourself in a rut of finding your ideal destination-
1. Start with the basics
How many days do you have? When are you going? Does it include a weekend or not? Start by answering these questions. It might sound easy, but trust me the key lies in figuring out the obvious first.
After having answered questions like these, make a mental map and checkpoint of all the pointers you have taken a note of. It might look like this when you are done with it -
Number of days - 4
Dates of travel - 1st to 4th August (Friday to Monday)
Total people - 4
Transport - Car
Don't worry, this list of basics can be as long as you want. The more the pointers, the better prepared you are!
2. Write it down
Probably the second most cliched point on this list. But the one that we seldom follow. I can't stress it enough - WRITE IT DOWN.
A piece of paper, your office diary, a laptop, a random word document or even random sticky notes. Transfer the whole idea from a mental map to a physical reality. Start by writing down your basics that we just discussed.
How does it help, you might ask. Well, immensely. You see, travel planning is really erratic in nature; especially when you have peers that you are traveling with. In such cases, it just eases out the entire process and helps you figure things out clearly.
3. Break down your budget and follow it!
The most obvious one, isn't it? But hey, how many times have you found yourself dreaming of places that are so out of your budget, that it's just better to dream instead?
Irrespective of what your budget is, you can travel.
I remember I used to travel to Himachal Pradesh and back for a three-day trip on not more than 2-3 grand!
Traveling has become more and more affordable in India in the recent years and there is so much you can see with the 'tiny' budget you think you have.
Break your budget into fragments- Namely accommodation, conveyance and food. Anything over this is just a bonus for you.
4. Research, research and research
This is sort of a continuation to the third tip. After you have fragmented your budget, RESEARCH.
Hostels / hotels / inns for accommodation, how do you travel to and fro (not just to your destination, but for the entirety of your trip), and look for all the places you can eat at.
The best practice is to find the best combinations of these three that just fit your budget perfectly.