It is strange that out of the crazy number of travel websites and guides, there is not a lot of resources out there to actually help you decide where to go. I realise this is probably because most people have a long unticked bucket list of places they want to go to. You don’t really need to add more to it! It was the same for me until recently – I had my list ready. It is only recently that I started trying to look for specific destinations to go to since two places on my list have now finally been ticked off – Greece and Egypt. So when you do have to decide where to go – how do you decide and actullly make your travel plans?
From our holiday in Corfu
Speaking and visiting family and friends:
This is an obvious one. We ended up going to Cinque Terre after a recommendation from a friend – and could not be happier! But I would always say you should do your own research. Everyones travel style and expectations are different so make sure your friend’s suggestion actually overlaps with your expectations of what you want from a holiday. Also some of the best holidays I have had are visiting friends in Greece and Cairo.
Check the new travel rules and regulations:
I’ll admit this isn’t really romantic but its really really convenient. Looking up new travel rules and visa regulations on various Government websites doesn’t sound like a lot of fun but makes so much sense. Doing this might give you some suggestions or mention places you have not thought of or considered before. Also certain places which may have seemed too much of a bother to plan a trip to might now be available.
From our honeymoon in Agra, the Taj Mahal
Travel lists by the Guardian, New York Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Lonely Planet and so on:
Again this isn’t romantic but we have pretty chosen every place for our recent holidays based on these lists. From Ancona to Barcelona, Copenhagen, Mexico, Croatia, Lithuania and Cuba we pretty much decided to tick off these lists one by one. These they mention islands and cities with new airports, new flight routes which make them easier to access and eased political situations which make a country a more realistic travel option.
Travel for specific events:
I took my second trip to London for a U2 concert and pretty much flew to Copenhagen to try out a fantastic restaurant. And I agree – I may not have been that keen to make those trips without those specific events lined up. But travelling to a particular city to see your favourite band or eat at a restaurant you have been looking forward to definitely brings its own joys. So maybe if your favourite band missed your hometown, you can look up their itinerary and make your own travel plans. I admit that I want to travel to New York City to make sure I visit some of these stores!
We bought a random coupon online which was for flights and hotels for a weekend trip. The catch? The trip is for a weekend in Europe but we didn’t know where. We were quite happy to try that out and ended up in Warsaw. We had a great trip with one of the best meals we’ve had, went to a really great museum and loved the city. So yes, my last tip is basically is to wing it. Pick a random city, random country, random place and just go – maybe choose one of the places from the lists above randomly? Of course you might regret it or you might have a fantastic trip.
Also you must read this post. This Diwali, we introduced our first collection of saris – ZARI by Fashion and Frappes. These are now available in our Shop section. Take a look – you can buy them online straight from our website as well.