Even though we all to love travel, and often the point of vacationing is to have fun, relax, and enjoy ourselves, the actual planning stage can sometimes be quite stressful. And right at the beginning, you have to make the potentially dreaded decision of where you actually want to go!
It may seem like there are so many options, that you run the risk of choosing the wrong thing, and then everyone will blame you because they believe somewhere else would have been better. Well, for a few options to reduce that destination anxiety, consider scanning YouTube channels, searching for shows and exhibits, finding off-seasons deals, picking randomly, or talking to friends about their favorite places.
Scan YouTube Channels
YouTube is the great unsung hero for a lot of information. And when it comes to travel options, there are great ways for you to collect data on possibilities. There are YouTube channels for companies like Park West Gallery, where you can get information about art galleries at your potential destination. Or channels for airlines, companies, brands, hotels – you name it, there’s a channel for it!
Search For Shows and Exhibits
And in addition to searching for self-promotional channels or websites, you can also do general searches for shows and exhibits in areas. If there’s going to be a really cool art show popping up in a certain area, you can aim to travel plans to hit it up at peak time. This makes your vacation more event-based rather than location-based, and many people appreciate that active focus rather than the passive style of just ‘being’ somewhere.
Find Off-Season Deals
If money is one of your primary concerns, consider finding off-season vacation packages. You can save potentially hundreds or even thousands of dollars on visiting certain places just because it isn’t peak tourist season. And this way, you’ll be able to experience some of the most interesting places in the world without the crush of other people as well.
Roll the Dice and Pick Randomly
And if the decision process is making you miserable, there’s nothing wrong with just picking randomly and moving out of your comfort zone! This might not be something that you want to do if you have kids on the trip, but for a solo journey, or perhaps one with you and a few adventures friends, it can be the trip of a lifetime!
Talk To Friends About Their Favorite Memories
And finally, if you’re out of ideas on your own, crowdsource the decision! Find out the best places that your friends have gone, and see if any of them are applicable to your next vacation destination decision. This method, in particular, takes some of the uncertainty out of the equation.