Travel Advice - Five questions that will help you plan travel
Planning is an aspect of taking a vacation that most people would rather avoid. Making vacation plans seems to be the start of a process that has no rules and no satisfaction. Many people wonder, “Where do you start?” Others ask, “How do you reach a conclusion?”
You can make vacation planning a lot simpler. Try this: view the process as a funnel that has a series of filters inside of it that trap ill-conceived ideas and let out only the best vacation plans.
Figure 1. The travel funnel
One of the best ways to approach travel planning is to create a “travel funnel” with five filters. You create these filters by asking and answering: who, what, when, where and why. For reasons that will become apparent in a few moments, let’s re-arrange these filters as follows: why, who, what, where, and when.
The "Why" in vacation planning is more important than it seems.
The “why” of a vacation relates to the reason you want to travel. Successful vacations are those that meet a specific set of needs and are optimized though planning to meet the desired objectives.
There are numerous answers to the question “why” and you need to noodle on the answer that describes your vacation related needs.
Sometimes, the answer to the “why” question may help you understand that you should not go on vacation.
"Who" should go on the vacation? Not all vacations are for all family members.
The answer to the “who” question depends largely on whether or not you have a family, spouse, or other significant relationship.
Group travel objectives are often incompatible. Prioritize each person’s needs and rank them in the order of importance. We know this can be a painful experience. However, if you cannot agree on this issue when you are planning your vacation, we can guarantee you that the trip will leave everyone dissatisfied and your vacation will be miserable.
Once you have gathered everybody’s “wants”, share the rankings with your travel mates.
If you cannot come to a mutual decision, perhaps you need to consider separate vacations. Now you know why it is so important to answer the “why” question in a serious and thoughtful manner.
What activities should be included on your vacation? How to keep the entourage happy!
Create a list of vacation activities that you feel meet the vacation needs that resulted from answering the "why" and "who" questions. Set this list without regard to a specific location or time, as “where” and “When” should always be subordinate the “why” and “what”. In general, there are usually a number of activities that can meet a specific vacation goal, as goals generally express a relatively broad category of wants.
Be sure to ask yourself very specific “what” oriented questions.
When should you take your vacation?
The “when” question is usually simple to answer, since it depends on your availability of your group.
In turn, the answer to the “when” question may help to answer the “where” question, since seasonality is a large part of the attractiveness of vacation destinations.
Where should you go on your vacation?
Answering the question “where” is simple in concept and difficult in execution since it is the question that must be based on the answers to “Who, Why, What and When". However, the answers to the previous questions will filter out a large number of places that just won’t work for you. Normally, several destinations will come to mind that can meet your travel needs. Researching these locations is one of the most enjoyable parts of vacation planning.
The “where” question, unfortunately is often the question that must bring us to dealing with the issues of what we can afford and how long we can be away while on vacation. Don’t chicken out at this stage. There are many destinations that can meet your travel needs and they do not need to be either far away or expensive. Focus on the locations and activities that you can afford and save the ones that you can’t for next year when your fortunes have improved.If you need to find information about Destinations or other Things Travelers Need To Know, try Googling ThereArePlaces.