It's always interesting to find new travel destinations. There are many places to visit. The question is how do you find new exciting places to go? Other than TripAdvisor and Travel Explosion how does one discover interesting travel destinations?
I do like to go via airports. So i look at my local airport and the airlines that fly out of there and where i could get to directly...or now with kids i look at one extra flight after that (previously it would have been many).
I look at future sporting events... like the Aust tour of the WIndies in 2014 is on the agenda (but yes, a lot more than 2 flights to get there for Perth!!!). This is the easiest way to get my hubby to agree to trips 😊
Or just watch travel shows, magazines, read travelblog blogs and i have a drawer with ripped out articles from our local paper's travel section.
For us there is never a shortage of places that we would LIKE to visit. The problem always lies in which place should we go to first. A lot depends on how we feel as well. If we need some time off just to relax we choose a destination with great beaches near the sea as we find we relax more when we have a beach holiday. we then incorporate a bit of sightseeing as well. If we feel we need some adventure and exploration we will choose a country we would love to see and tour through it. Another option is to take a map of the world, blindfold yourself and put a pin on the map - problem solved!
National Geographic showing Jacques Cousteau documentaries is the main culprit for ending up in the middle of nowhere usually.
Generally where I travel to at this point in my life is governed by diving, looking for fewer and fewer people, more and more remote diving destinations - I have been sitting on the sofa watching nat geo and found myself jumping online and booking first available flight to where I am watching Cousteau diving. Also now a lot of word of mouth from other divers (Ali, Pierre and more thank you), always ask dive guides there absolute favourite spot and head there.
I once did that fold a map up close my eyes and stick a pin on the map.....and the destination was....marble bar.
I like to hike and white water raft, so I usually pick some place I've never done that and structure the trip around it. I get ideas from specialty websites like American Whitewater.
I also attend conferences on occasion; if it's in an interesting city I'll take a few days of vacation afterward and see the area.
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One of our top priorities with travel is to go where the food is known to be delicious...obviously this isn't our only criteria, but it helps with the short listing process. Travel/food shows influence us - Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations has introduced us to many potential destinations, but most travel shows tend to leave some sort of impression. Reading blogs can also give a realistic understanding of a new place, keeping in mind that everyone travels differently...
Its always best to talk to people. Ask workers at different resorts. All of resort workers are in fact seasonal workers. I know this, because for a year and a half that's what I was. They will know places better than any tourist. So on your next vacation ask one of their workers their story and see if they've been traveling. If they have, ask a few follow up questions.