I don't know...where do you want to go this year?

Similar to the "I don't care, where do you want to eat?" exchange, the question of where to vacation each year can be just as frustrating.   As a professional travel planner, I have plenty of great ideas for your vacation but when it comes to my own...I need my own travel planner!  Just like most people, the multitude of options can be daunting to even the most seasoned travel professional when it comes to their own vacation.  I will just chalk that up to one of life's little mysteries, be thankful that I can keep my head on straight for client's vacations and move on now.

When May rolls around you begin to realize that the clock is ticking for planning an epic summer vacation instead of doing the same thing again this year.  Don't get me wrong, it's nice to have a familiar "go to" vacation spot when you need it but sometimes you need to shake things up.  I like to ask my clients a few questions to help me narrow down the field and these will work for you as well.  

  1. Where did you go and what did you do on your favorite vacation?
  2. What did you like most about your last vacation?
  3. What did you like least about your last vacation?
  4. How long would do you like to be gone and how many people will be joining you?
  5. How much money have you allocated for the TOTAL vacation?
  6. Does anyone in your group have health, mobility or legal issues that need to be considered?

Ok, so the first 5 are pretty self explanatory but number 6 is the one most people forget to consider, especially the legal aspect.  There are many countries that will not allow travelers to enter if they have outstanding or prior legal issues in the United States.  Canada is one of those countries so that wild cousin of yours that got a DUI 5 years ago may get left at the border if you haven't taken the appropriate steps prior to arrival.  In addition, the US has limitations on who can obtain passports due to outstanding tax and legal issues.  The good news is that most situations can be remedied with a little planning and communication with the country you are visiting.

Over the next few weeks, you will want to follow along as I explore each of these questions more in depth and provide suggestions of unique vacation experiences that will make this summer memorable!

I hope these questions will get you thinking and help you feel more in control when you dip your toe into the sea of travel information across the web or find yourself bombarded by travel advice from friends and family.  

Next up....Where did you go and what did you do on your favorite vacation?