The travel dilemma and decision
¬ Where and when to go, where to stay, how to get there
¬ Destination Travel
Traveling is both exciting and exhilarating. It appeals to the majority of us for various reasons. It all
seems to stem from somewhere deep within our human make-up. We are social and curious beings.
Our earlier nomadic traditions and heritage, urge us to explore and conquer our world, both known
and unknown. It has always been a quest and inspiration to go somewhere we have not been before
and see places unseen until now.
The travel dilemma most of us face is simply when and where to take our next trip or vacation for
leisure purposes. We will look briefly at a couple of money-saving tips that will help us answer a
couple of key questions: How do I pick a travel destination and when can/is it best to take my
annual vacation? or Can I fit in a couple of short trips this year and where would I go?
11Actually making the decision about where to go and when to travel is the easy part. It does not
matter if we are traveling as sun or adventure seekers, to see family or people we know at a certain
location or country, attend a spectacular or special event, visiting an exotic destination or just
simply looking for peace and quiet.
The best time to start planning your trip is when the impulse hits you! Send away for information
right away. Contact the local state and National tourist offices and check online, to learn more about
your destination of choice.
Plan your trip so everyone has fun and budget for it accordingly! Think child-centered activities or a
personal interest indulgence. Save money by deciding early and balance the family interest. Avoid
trying to fit in all the “touristy” must-sees that will add up in the end. Select a few of them you
really cannot bear to miss and enjoy them together.
Ensure the details are taken care of, like how early or late the attraction is open, transportation to
and from the location and be smart by wearing flat shoes and taking water along for in case the wait
is longer than expected. Remember, everyone else will be eager to see what he or she came to see
too. It might take a little longer at popular venues, so plan your itinerary accordingly.
Deciding the duration of your trip, how long and how you will travel, are all-important
considerations. The sooner and earlier you plan and budget, the better prepared and more informed
you would be. “The early bird catches the worm”, we always say, and, “First come, First serve”.
You can save a lot of money by booking early and taking advantages of special offers, seat sales
and more. Scout for good deals. Watch out and avoid deals that sound too good to be true (they
normally are!). Do not get caught by ill-reputed providers and travel-scams. Always read the fine
Beware of other details like, what time of year you choose to travel, what the weather will be like,
the impact of seasonal traveling, public or special holidays and more. Be smart and budget for the
unexpected, delays, unplanned extended stays, inevitable layovers and more. Show some resilience,
positive attitude and utilize your financial resourcefulness to make the most of your trips, regardless
of what life and fate throws at you!
12Early on, while in planning and information gathering mode, consulting with a travel agent,
professional specialist, tap into their expertise and experience. They can easily provide current
information, industry updates, possibilities and pricing, availability, plan and book vacations; find
you big discounts and special deals.
They will also be able to point out details that would otherwise remain hidden and unconsidered
like new resorts, airport construction updates and hang-ups. Some can be extremely resourceful,
patient and imaginative and want to provide you with the best travel and customer service options
and solutions that are right for you.
They mostly work on a commission basis though, so just ensure that this is the best deal for YOU
and not their pocketbook alone! Save money by asking many questions and pose the question about
discounts. If you do not ask, they will not necessarily offer the cheapest option or hunt for better
When deciding to travel as a single individual or a couple, double rooms in a hotel are mostly
cheaper than a single room. Consider sharing, but choose and weigh your travel partner(s) wisely!
Ensure that you are financially independent of one another and that all parties are responsible with
money and will not come running to you expecting to help. Clarify needs and wants and highlight
some mutual respect for these.
Ask the question of whether personal habits are compatible. How would they react in crisis-mode?
These factors are handy to know in advance, in order to prepare you for anything. Save money by
protecting your financial interests. Avoid others taking advantage of you, and you, ending up paying
for mostly everything and sponsoring extravagant spenders. The onus is on you to ensure you take
care of every detail.
This would include who and how you will pay for what. Discuss and stipulate it literally to ensure
all parties are informed. Then clarify and agree on it. Be smart and act early to sort out any
differences and avoid conflict and disagreement. Schedule regular time apart and pool some of your
money into a ‘kitty’ to pay for outings and entertainment.
Guidebook-like informational tools should not dictate your trip. They describe, should not
prescribe! Some might have set itineraries and must sees that do not interest you necessarily and
might be costly if you choose to follow it to a tee. Their pricing options might also be out-of-date,
13 so check their accuracy. They are good and useful for pricing options and ranges that again are
useful in the travel budgeting process and list numerous lodging options across the spectrum. This
highlights choice and empowered decision making.
Another consideration is Ecotourism. Consider carriers and travel providers that advocate and
practice sustainable, safer and environmentally friendly options for travel. It has less impact on the
environment and does not disrupt the local economy. On the contrary, it utilizes supports and
It is all still about making the most of your trip and seeing any and all that you want to, experience
and enjoy your travel and quest. Stroll, walk, take it easy on your first day and do not try to fit
everything into 24 hours! In short: Go somewhere! Go anywhere! BUT DO GO!