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When it comes to travel, there are a lot of things to consider. What do you need to pack? How long are going for? Are you going to need to learn another language? These kinds of questions are all incredibly important, but they should always come after one, all-important question: where do you want to go? Now, this question might seem very simple, but in reality, it’s a lot more complicated than you might expect. You might have an idea of the kind of place that you want to visit, but that doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily the right place for you. To help make that decision a little bit easier, here are some of the most important factors that you need to consider when choosing a travel destination.

Distance

How far you’re going to travel is something that you might not initially think you’d need to consider but in reality, it can have a big impact on your decision. After all, the further away you are from home the more difficult it is to get back in case of an emergency. Think about how likely it is that you’ll be called back home for any reason, which can help you figure out how far away you can afford to be.

Cost

That brings up one of the most important things when it comes to choosing the right travel destination: money. As much as you might want to ignore it, your budget is going to have a big impact on where you can go. Longer flights are obviously going to be more expensive, and certain countries are simply going to cost more when it comes to things like accommodation.

Safety

The level of security in the countries that you visit is going to have a big impact on the kinds of places that you go. Like it or not, certain countries are just going to be less safe to visit than others. There are plenty of ways to figure out which ones are safer but a lot of the time you can find that out based on how secure their borders are. Certain countries use pre-approved visa programs to maintain security at their borders. You can find more info on these kinds of systems here. America, Canada, and Australia have all been using these systems for many years, and others, including Europe, are now following suit.

Activities

What do you actually want to get out of your trip? The answer to that question is going to have a big impact on the kind of place that you want to visit. If you’re a thrill seeker, then you’re not going to want to spend your days exploring historic architecture and if you’re on vacation to relax then a day spent cliff diving probably isn’t going to be your cup of tea. Figure out what you really want to do and do some research so that you can find the best possible destination for you.

Language

Are you one for learning new languages? If not then you might want to think about how easy it’s going to be to communicate wherever you’re going. If the idea of walking around with a phrase book all day doesn’t appeal then why not just take a trip to a place where you already speak the language?