Tips for choosing a trip for you and your Travel companions
Whether it’s just for a day or two weeks, organized trips are usually in our travel plans at some point. I’ve taken them in the past, and will probably take plenty more in the future. There are many of them and they are often hard to choose. Whether you decide to go solo or accompanied, you will have to sit down once or perhaps many times and ponder on the trip that best suit you travel expectation and those of your traveling companions, if you decide to include them in your plans. Here, I list a few ideas you should consider when choosing a trip you and your traveling companions will remember.
Start by listing your likes and passions [and those of your traveling companion(s)]
What are the activities you enjoy and spend more time doing or reading about. This is a good way to identify your passions and what you would like find more of on the trip you choose. Are you a nature, culture, history, food, art lover? or perhaps a combination of all of the above. Do your travel companion(s) have similar tastes? Or perhaps the trip also includes visit to places or activities that are not necessarily you favorite, but you travel companions enjoy. How much of what you enjoy and what they enjoy are included in the trip. This is the time to go through your list of likes and passions, theirs and importantly, opportunities to compromise. What proportion of the time you will be doing what you love versus compromising to do what other members in your party enjoy, but you have to do by virtue of being in the same group and the same guide. Take time to consider these ideas that will expand your party’s horizons and weave them into your travel plan.
Whether you love the outdoor, small groups, or solo travel, it is essential that you go over likes and passions and project if you will have enough chances to enjoy your likes and passions with you travel companions.
There are regions of the world and sites within them we read and hear about. Generally these are the ones that call our attention and we too want to visit. Being familiar with georgraphic information and how the geography of these sites influence the nature, culture and other attributes adds another dimension to your enjoyment. The more you know about a region and sites within, the more you will understand what you are seeing, ask more specific questions of you guide and enjoy the experience. Begin with a good map or atlas and consider studying the globe. While your list will most certainly change over the years, think about which destinations you hope to visit? This exercise will provide a sense of direction towards choosing a trips.
Reflect your values
The travel choices you make can send a strong message to your travel companions about what matters most to you. Consider the group’s travel bucket list as a thoughtful and deliberate reflection of your own values, hopes and dreams. So before you begin listing desired destinations ask yourself what aspects of the world – geographically, spiritually and culturally – you want and would be appealing to your traveling companions. Remember not everyone will enjoy the same sites and the level of preparation and enjoyment will vary among members in your party. Certain regions and sites will likely be on their radar screens others not.
Values and expectations of you and your companion can make or break the trip. Make sure there is a common ground and room for compromising.
About the time
Time for planning a trip is very important. Whether you plan a 3 in the country or a 13-day trip overseas, there is no time like the present to begin planning your trip. The destination you choose is likely to have a prime time to visit. If possible, take advantage of long weekend holidays or combine you vacation time with long weekends to maximize the time in your destination and still have vacation time for another trip. Consider off-season adventures when fewer crowds and lower prices can enrich your experience, even if it means that you can’t use a long weekend. Do you have a trip in mind? If, so, begin the research now.
Good planing will help meet your goals and enhance your travel experience
About the money
Choosing to make travel a priority is a decision that may require foregoing other experiences. But the quality of experience and lifelong memories are sure to be worth it. Consider creating a travel savings account. Opt for travel related gifts for birthdays, graduations and holidays. Encourage you travel companions to establish their own travel fund. Saving for a specific trip can be an important part of the overall experience.
You’ve planned and prioritized. Now, have fun. Take pictures.
Choosing a trip for you and your travel companions
By David Moran