How to Pick a Destination for Holiday Travel

Winter Market in Vienna, Austria
Winter Market in Vienna, Austria. Image by Julius Silver from Pixabay

The holidays will be here in just a matter of weeks, and many of us are looking forward to taking a break from work and enjoying time away with family and friends. One of our favorite ways to spend our time off is by traveling, of course, but the question of where exactly to go is not always so straightforward. If you’re looking to plan a trip this holiday season but aren’t sure how to decide on a destination, here are some of the most important points to consider. 


Tropical destinations tend to be some of the most popular when the temperature drops, though colder locations can have plenty to offer as well. If you’re traveling alone, the decision may be relatively straightforward, but if you’re traveling in a group, you may need to discuss the pros and cons of each with your companions in order to settle on a place that satisfies everyone’s wishes. For example, those looking to relax might prefer a resort stay in the Bahamas, while a ski trip may be more in line for outdoor enthusiasts.


Once you’ve decided what type of location you’d like to visit, go over your finances and set a realistic travel budget that includes accommodation, transportation, meals, and activities. Search for destinations that fit within your budget constraints, taking into consideration that rates may be higher or lower depending on whether it’s peak or off-season in your destination.


One of the best parts of holiday travel is getting to spend time with the people we love. After you’ve chosen a general location for your trip, take some time to discuss as a group how you’d each like to spend your time. This is especially important when traveling with children, who, unlike adults, don’t have the option to go off on their own should they not want to participate in any particular plan. Keep things inclusive by allowing each member of your group to choose at least one excursion or activity.