Where to next

I have realised over the years that I absolutely love a good spread sheet and I love planning but getting the initial idea and sticking with it, man that’s hard!

First I faced the reality that I want to sort a few things out before I head off on a massive adventure and that I was to fill my spare time with as many holidays in the meantime as possible.

Then the real decisions started… Where to first? And then where to next?

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The only downside to mini adventures while working is that I only get 24 holiday days a year, so I have learnt to be sneaky sneaky when choosing the days I go.

Currently my holiday life style loves Bank Holidays, especially Easter!

I am trying to do at least 1 “big” holiday a year of 10-14 nights duration then 2 foreign city breaks, plus breaks here in the UK.

But how do you decide an order to these?

I currently have a ‘To do’ list of places that is literally getting longer by the day, the world can be so over whelming so I literally have too much choice. It’s like being in a restaurant with a massive desert menu, actually, a massive amazing desert menu.

So I have tried to give myself a list of rules to help me, if one rule fails I move onto the next.

Rule 1 – Instinct
Say the words: “I want to go to…” Does anywhere literally roll off your tongue?

Rule 2 – Who
Who are you travelling with? Alone, family (if so how old are your children), partner, friends or as a group?

Rule 3 – Why
What do you expect from your trip? Great photography? Activities such as water sports, adventure, family entertainment? To relax? To meet new people? Any specific festivals / events you would like to see?

Rule 4 – Recommendations
Have any friends / family been anywhere recently and raved about it?

Rule 5 – Price
Are any destinations standing out as being cheapest flights / sites offering discounts?

Rule 6 – Travel Guides
Sitting on the floor in Waterstones and finding inspiration from the travel guides. I will admit I get drawn in by photographs, if there aint a pretty picture it aint going to the top of the list.

Rule 7 – Priorities
How long can you go for? Is it the best time of year for this destination?

Rule 8 – Flight destination lists
Check out destination lists from your local airport for inspiration.

Rule 9 – Random
If all else fails print out your list close your eyes and see where your finger falls.

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