how do you choose your next trip?

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1. Posted by Hoonat (Budding Member 14 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Hi,

I'm Nat from France. I just wanted to introduce myself as a newcomer on this site. I love traveling, If it could be a job it would totally suit me!
Could you tell me what makes you choose a country or a city compared to another? What are you actually looking for in your trips?

Have a nice evening

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1405 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

For me, this is a complicated answer because I don't always look for the same thing in my trips. Actually it would be easier to tell you want I don't look for. I don't care about night life or shopping. I don't want A/I. I don't care about fancy hotels. I don't want to spend a lot of money.

When I was a kid, my travels were controlled by my parents. I didn't have much say. Fortunately my parents were travelers, so by the time I was 13, I had been to most States in the USA and also to 10 countries in Europe. Some of my trips are dictated by circumstance - a job transfer, job training, or family occasions (weddings, funerals). These trips also did not involve much choice either in the timing or the places we went.

After I was married with children, we took lots of day trips because I found that if I didn't do that right away after we moved to a new place (and I moved 14 times in 20 years), that I would be one of those people who had never been to the wonderful places near to where I lived. It would be like living in California and never visiting San Francisco or Yosemite.

Around 1995, we started going on a trip for a week at the US Thanksgiving (November), and in January or February. We went to Caribbean islands where it was warm, or to Central America (Costa Rica, Belize) or Mexico (Cozumel) where I could SCUBA dive and/or see animals in their native habitats.

After we retired, we started traveling on our boat, up and down the east coast of the US. Each night, I would decide where to go the next day within a 50 mile radius of where we were - based mostly on the weather forecast and the availability of a marina with good amenities.

Then we started traveling by cruise ship. We based the trips on whether they were going to new places and on the cost of the fare. And we also started driving south for the winter, staying for a week at a time in each place. I picked the places based on whether we could stay there cheaply in a condo apartment. We often visited places where we had previously been on our boat. And I sequenced the trips for 6 months at a time so as to visit children and grandchildren.

Most of the time I pick a place to go because it is a place I have wanted to visit, or a place I've been in the past that I want to re-visit. This summer, I revisited France, where I haven't been since 1964, and Bermuda (for the 8th time). I am hoping that my next trip will be to the Galapagos as I have always wanted to go there ever since I read the Voyage of the Beagle My son and daughter-in-law were going to go with me, but my son has just changed jobs and they are moving, so I'm not sure they will still be free. I'd also love to go to Iceland, and I would love to go back to northern California - haven't been there since 1966. Also the Grand Canyon.

And if a trip possibility presents itself, I figure out what it is that I want to see and do there, even if it wasn't on my list.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Oct-2019, 20:32 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1066 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

>What are you actually looking for in your trips?

Obviously budget and feasible access is a major factor.

And I want some or all of: historical and/or archaeological sites and sights, interesting museums, interesting architecture, interesting landscape and good walking (city or countryside, doesn't matter) plus at least some public transport to get me where I want to go.

4. Posted by Cottonwood (Full Member 121 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

All in the moment. Was planning a trip to Hawaii for my 50th birthday, but now my mother is suffering with cancer, so now it's celebrating with my parents in Arizona for a week.

Next year, it might be a trip to Micronesia because of a friend who might be working on one of the islands there.

It's all in who I know where and what's happening in my life at the moment. Budget means a lot. Cheaper in a sense, the better.

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1301 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

We love to visit places in books we've read and since we both like European history, we go there often. We also both paint so we look for interesting scenery. Our latest books often dictate our choices. We also both love to visit art museums.

6. Posted by rickmartin (Inactive 1 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

For what I have done?

I have made a wish list. And what I do? I travel according to the countries I have listed in the wish list.

People have different priorities, some people wants to travel for beautiful landscape and some for total nature. Visit country accordance to which place you prefer to go.

7. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1084 posts) 13w 1 Star this if you like it!

Like you I have a wish list and some trips are planned to visit one or more places on that. Others are the result of opportunity - for instance my next trip will be to Karlsruhe in Germany because a friend from a previous travel website, Virtual Tourist, is hosting a small meeting there. Others will be places my husband is keen to visit - it's only fair that he gets to choose now and then lol Or I may see a place on TV, watch a film set there, read a blog or a magazine article - any of these can prompt me to put my wish-list to one side to visit somewhere I hadn't previously considered. Thus my list is always getting longer, not shorter

8. Posted by Hoonat (Budding Member 14 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

I agree with all of you, there are such ways to choose a trip. It can be the landscape, the weather, the price and so many reasons!
I recently spent nearly 3 months in London, Wales and Edimbourg, it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. I miss so much being there. I met lots of people from different nationality and it was funny to notice very often conversation strayed about food.
Food is also one of my great pleasures during a trip. discovering different tastes, how wonderful to see it's possible to cook different dishes with the same ingredients we use at home.
have you ever tasted something special, curious or really disgusting? Please share it, it's so exciting!

9. Posted by Gave1864 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

I like to travel to the extreme places of our world. Relatively recently, cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic have begun. And more and more people want to visit extreme climatic conditions and look at exotic animals, such as penguins.

There are also exotic tours such as a trip to Chernobyl or a trip through the jungle.

For obvious reasons, there are not many who want to go to Chernobyl. After all, after two decades, the environmental situation in this area is far from optimal. Of course, thrill-seekers in special suits are sent there, accompanied by specialists with dosimeters.

10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1832 posts) 13w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Gave1864

For obvious reasons, there are not many who want to go to Chernobyl. After all, after two decades, the environmental situation in this area is far from optimal. Of course, thrill-seekers in special suits are sent there, accompanied by specialists with dosimeters.

There are many busloads of visitors to Chernobyl each day.
Rather than "thrill-seekers" these tours tend to focus on the sobering story of the disaster and its impact on the residents.
Visitors don't wear special suits.
We don't carry dosimeters or get accompanied by specialists.
Some tours offer digital geiger counters to allow you to see the difference in radiation in different places - usually the Red Forest and a hot fragment which landed in one of the seats of the funfair ferris wheel.

The only special arrangements for people visiting are radiation scanners when entering the canteen and when leaving the zone, to check you've not picked up anything on your clothes or shoes. A day visit there is typically less exposure than a long haul flight.

It's very interesting and I've twice taken groups of friends there. Your description of it doesn't sound like you've been.