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If you've stumbled onto this article before reading "Where Should I Travel? 5 Inspirational Sources to Pick Perfect Travel Destinations!", be sure to check it out before reading this bonus content.

 

Now, as promised, I'm going to lead by example, pour through some of the inspirational sources I mentioned in the aforementioned article and am going to pick out some awesome travel destinations.
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I checked out some travel-focused Instagram and Twitter accounts, thumbed through The World: A Traveler's Guide to the Planet, and also Googled, “incredible places to see before I die” since I felt my research wasn't morbid enough.

Via those inspirational sources, here are the places that caught my eye -

  1. Machu Pichu
  2. Rio De Janerio
  3. Vietnam
  4. Cambodia
  5. Thailand
  6. Santorini
  7. Paris
  8. Dublin
  9. Barcelona
  10. San Sebastian

For your list of destinations, push yourself to come up with at least eight places you might like to see. Once you’re done, here are three qualifying questions you can ask yourself about each of the picks you're considering to narrow your list down (or discover more destinations).

1. What Is There to See and Do

An elephant at the Berlin Zoo | fckitybye.com | photo by Ryan Somohano
Making an Elephant friend at the Zoo in Berlin was an awesome and unexpected activity that the city had to offer!


When traveling somewhere, you want to make sure that you’re going to get a good return on your investment. So ask yourself, what are you going to experience in your proposed destination? Are there museums with incredible art? Beautiful beaches? Awesome festivals?

You can figure this out by going through a travel guide like Lonely Planet or by leaning on good ol' Google. If you're using Google, you can start by asking “what is there to do in [insert your destination]”.

Read through the top few results which will probably be an assortment of forums discussing experiences, suggesting itineraries and describing key attractions. If you read something that catches your eye, Google it (ex: someone mentions that there's an incredible castle called Hogwarts where you're going so Google "Hogwarts" to learn more about it and determine if it's worth your while).

Keep digging deeper into your destination until you feel you have a good idea of what it has to offer and if it's a good fit for what you’re looking for.

2. What Destinations Are Around My Destination?

Bike rack in Amsterdam | fckitybye.com | photo by Ryan Somohano
A horrifying bike rack in Amsterdam...


Sometimes there’s an awesome place you want to see but its prime attractions only make the visit worth 2-3 days of your time.

For example, let's say you fly to Amsterdam because you desperately want to see the Anne Frank House and would also enjoy nervously glancing at prostitutes. Unfortunately though,  Amsterdam's weed culture doesn't appeal to you and you also get boat sick (so no canal rides)... OH, and cyclists scare you.

Since you're not interested in a lot of what the area has to offer, chances are you're going to get bored quickly. When you do, is that it?

NOPE!

Given that you’ve already broken all the neighborhood kid’s piggy banks to get yourself to Europe, it pays to know that many of the world’s most sought-after destinations are only a $20-$40 flight away from Amsterdam (London, Paris, Rome, etc.). The best way to figure out which key destinations are around your target location is by pulling out a map.

I don’t mean the dusty old kind your grandpa keeps in his glove compartment on the off chance that the DMV gives him his license back. I mean the map on Google!

Head over to Google Maps, type in your destination, then zoom out with the minus arrow in the bottom right corner of your screen. That should give you the aerial view you need to get an idea of what’s close by and help you brainstorm ways to create a cost-effective multi-destination trip that allows you to get the most value out of your intercontinental flight.

3. Is My Destination Safe?

Aleppo, Syria
Aleppo, Syria


YOU MUST consult your country’s travel advisories prior to going somewhere. Click here if you're from The United States for our travel advisories. If you’re from elsewhere, a Google search of “[your country] travel advisory” should get you to the right place.

I’ll usually take a combination of what government travel advisories, up-to-date online forums, and my common sense have to say when determining if it’s okay to go somewhere. If you’re finding that a place you’ve always wanted to visit is presenting itself as a potentially serious threat to your well-being, postpone your traveling there until conditions improve.

Narrowing Your List

After you’ve run your proposed destinations through the above questions, put an asterisk next to half of your list items that you'd still like to see the most (ex: If you have 16 proposed destinations, put asterisk next to 8 of them you want to see the most, if you have 10, put asterisk next to 5, etc.).

Here's my revised list -

  1. *Machu Pichu
  2. Rio De Janerio
  3. *Vietnam
  4. Cambodia
  5. Thailand
  6. *Santorini
  7. *Paris
  8. Dublin
  9. Barcelona
  10. *San Sebastian

Looking For Patterns

Finding patterns within the places we want to see can give us the opportunity to string together a multi-destination trip as opposed to just visiting a single spot. With my list, I'm seeing a pattern. Three of the five destinations I’ve picked are in Europe (Santorini, Paris, San Sebastián) while the other two are isolated (Machu Pichu is in South America, Vietnam is in South East Asia). Given that result, I’m deciding that a trip through Europe is going to suit me the best.

I'm also seeing a couple other European cities that were on my initial list but didn't get an asterisk, Dublin and Barcelona.

These cities are in pretty close proximity to the three cities I’ve already decided I’m traveling to. Since I’ll be in the area and I’m already making the investment to fly to Europe, I’ll try and build those cities into my trip as well.

Just like that, here is the dream itinerary I've created for my next big trip:

  1. Dublin, Ireland
  2. Paris, France
  3. San Sebastián, Spain
  4. Barcelona, Spain
  5. Santorini, Greece

Wrapping Things Up

How does your itinerary look? Are any of your cities close enough that you can string them into a single trip affordably? Does your itinerary look like it would make for a dream adventure?

Picking destinations to travel to can be difficult but if you haven’t already, I encourage you to try and draft your destinations up in a format similar to what I have highlighted above.
I cannot understate how important it is to get your ideas out of your head and onto a piece of paper if you seriously want to make a run at visiting the places of your dreams!

If you're finished with this post and want to start learning how to take your dream itinerary and actually start planning your trip, click here!

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