4 Tips for Picking the Best Trip

Reilly Tuccinard – Special to EF College Break

When attempting to choose one place to visit, the phrase “small world” loses all meaning. The options appear endless, and it can become a daunting task to choose a singular place when there are so many incredible options to pick from. So to make it a little easier, here are four things to think about when deciding on a location.

Attractions

What sights do you really want to see?
What sights do you really want to see?

No matter where you decide to visit, there will be a ton of attractions available to explore. Just think about it—Paris boasts its Eiffel tower, Ireland its castles, and Australia its beaches. Each place is so different, yet brimming with amazing experiences. Deciding what attractions are most exciting makes it easier to narrow your search and find the most interesting destination for you.

Food

spanish-paella
Spanish Paella with chicken and mussels.

Ok, this one is extremely important because food is so much more than nourishment; your meals must satisfy your inner foodie. It’s pretty simple: think of all the foods you wish you could eat, and see where that takes you. Let your taste buds point you in the right direction, because after all, making a decision based on food—or drink for that matter (hello, Dublin)—is never a bad idea.

Language

Try out your language skills.
Try out your language skills.

One of the great things about going somewhere new is the opportunity to experience the culture, and language is a huge aspect of that. Whether you’re interested in improving upon a general linguistic knowledge, or simply wish to experience it firsthand, language can become a huge factor in your decision.

Location

Australia's Gold Coast.
Australia’s Gold Coast.

At first glance this sounds like a counterproductive suggestion—how can you consider a location if you don’t even know where you’re going? Fear not. Just because you don’t have a specific place in mind doesn’t mean you can’t decide whether you want to be by the ocean or the mountains. Thinking about climate and geography can be a great way to narrow down your search and help you to look for specific places that fit into your preference.

Above all, be open to new experiences and use travel as a way to get out of your comfort zone. Choose somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, or pick a place that is completely new. Either way, be open to all the experiences offered, and if you still have a hard time picking one place, no worries…guess that just means you’ll have to plan another trip (darn).

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