The Best Places To Travel

The best places to travel

There is no single answer to the question of where it is best to travel on vacation. The first question to ask is not where to go but instead what type of traveler are you?

What kind of traveler are you?

* Are you Phileas Fogg? Are you a world traveler who measures success by the number of countries visited?

* Are you Robinson Kurosu? Do you enjoy getting off the road and off the trails?

Are you Geoffrey Chaucer? Is the journey more about the people you’re traveling with than the destination?

Are you Henry David Thoreau? Is your ideal vacation just a quiet place close to home?

There are many different styles of travel or different goals of travel.

* You can travel to get away from it all.

* You can travel to learn about a new culture.

* You can travel to the party.

* You can travel to reconnect with family and friends.

* You can travel for adventure.

What is your travel style/budget?

Some people would rather stay home than stay anywhere that doesn’t have 5 stars. Others can’t imagine staying anywhere more luxurious than a youth hostel. Some who love to stay in the luxury resort can’t afford it.

Before you travel, you need to know your travel budget and style. What type of style you prefer will help you decide where you can afford to travel and for how long. My wife and I planned a trip to Hawaii before our first child was born. After looking at our budget, we had to decide a road trip to San Diego would be a better option.

One if by land, two if by sea… three if by air?

Do you like road trips? If so, what about the local itinerary. If you love the outdoors or history, you can visit the national parks. If you love sports, consider touring major or minor league stadiums. If you love big city lights, would a trip to New York, Chicago or Las Vegas be within your scope?

Do you like cruises? Consider packing and unpacking only once and letting the hotel (ship) travel from port to port. From the east coast of the United States, Bermuda and the Caribbean are easily accessible. From the West Coast, Mexico or Alaska offer very different vacations.

If you love and can afford to fly, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America will be alluring.

Europe offers American visitors familiarity but with a lot of history. Europe offers destinations from the familiar London and Paris to lesser known destinations such as Croatia, Slovenia and Estonia. You must be willing to deal with another language or drive on the other side of the road.

Africa offers unforgettable wildlife experiences or the wonders of ancient Egypt. It also offers ancient churches carved into the rocks of Ethiopia or destinations as far away as Timbuktu. It will take many trips to get beyond their comfort zone.

Asia offers ancient cultures and new economic powers. Your trip could be to overwhelming places like New Delhi that will challenge even the seasoned traveler, or safer familiar destinations like Singapore.

South America offers better exchange rates than Europe but less political stability. It offers European-style cities like Buenos Aires or ancient Inca cities like Machu Picchu.

One thing I learned hosting the amateur traveler for over three years is that there are many more places to travel than I originally considered. It never occurred to me that:

* Go to Tonga and swim with whales.

* See the stone churches in Ethiopia.

* Take a night tour of Petra in Jordan.

* Watch wild horses in Mongolia.

The more I learn about travel, the more places I want to go. Where is the best place to travel to? For me it is always next place.