Earlier this year we posted some information with tips on how to choose the right travel destination for you. With so many people currently thinking about their 2011 travel options, we thought we would re-post this information:
When you are planning a trip overseas, it is common to not instantly know where you want to go, the options are endless! It is always important to remember that someone who already knows where they want to travel to was inspired somehow to choose that specific destination.
I have traveled to many parts of the world, so people often ask me ‘What is the most amazing place you have ever been to?’. In all honesty I cannot answer this question because to me, each place is special or memorable for different reasons. When I am planning on traveling to a new destination, the first thing I base my decision on is what I want to see or do while I am away.
Do I want to visit a big city or a small town?
What kind of scenery do I wan to see? I.e. beach scenery or mountainous scenery?
Do I want to see exotic animals?
Do I want to experience a new language?
Do I want to experience new food?
Do I want to go somewhere warm or somewhere cold?
The list of questions could go on, but if you ask yourself some of these base questions, it will help you to narrow down your search. There is aways a destination in the world that will satisfy your specific travel needs, but how do you find them? I find that hearing about someone else’s experiences is the most effective way to be inspired. This might be through talking to a friend that has traveled extensively, or speaking to someone with a passion for a specific destination. I suggest to start by reading the travel section in your local newspaper, online articles or travel blogs. TravAddict.com allows you to read reviews on the trips we feature, which will also be very effective in helping you to decide where to go, and how to travel there. Ask all the questions to YOURSELF before you travel, and you will be sure to decide on a destination that will not disappoint. Simply searching Travaddict.com for trips in a continent you are curious about is a great way to start your search for the perfect destination for YOU!
TravAddict’s trip of the week is Turkish Delights with Intrepid Travel. Turkey is one of the top 12 travel destinations in the world with more than 17 million visitors every year, and Turkish Delights is a great 15 day adventure that travels to the main sights of Turkey. Turkey is a perfect year-round destination, and we have chosen this particular trip by Intrepid Travel because it showcases Turkey perfectly, and has many departures throughout the year.
Turkish Delights includes:
– Accommdoation in: guesthouses/hotels (11 nts), village pension (1 nt), multishare boat with shared facilities (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt)
– Transportation: Train, dolmus (mini bus), public and private bus, ferry, caique (Turkish boat), tram, taxi, walking
– A qualified Intrepid Travel tour guide
Turkish Delights offers you the opportuinity to explore the mysterious land of the Ottomans Intrepid-style. Marvel at Mehmet Aga's masterpiece, the Blue Mosque, and bargain for trinkets in the Grand Bazaar. Try delicious Turkish delight, be mesmerised by the Whirling Dervishes and discover the underwater treasures of the Mediterranean. From the laneways of ancient Ephesus to the bizarre landscapes of Cappadocia – take the plunge and discover the amazing adventure that is Turkey.
The trip is priced from $1625USD per person. TravAddict posts up to date Intrepid Travel Reviews from past travelers to help you learn more about what other travelers thought.
If you ever visit Barcelona, it is well worth considering taking a day trip to Figueres. The town is famous for being the birthplace of the eccentric artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989). Salvador Dali designed an entire museum, both inside and out from the remains of the former Municipal Theater which was destroyed in 1939 from the Spanish Civil War. The museum is bizarre , interesting, fascinating, and mind-boggling all at once.
Dali was known as a surreal artist. He had a personal style that was unique and indescribable which made him very well known. He described the inspiration of his art as ‘the world of the unconscious that is recalled during dreaming'. Dali was born exactly 9 months and 10 days after the first Salvador Dali died at only 21 months. His parents believed that their second son was a reincarnation of the first. Dali used to say that he was born twice, a double self, someone who did not exist because he was only half a person. It was this unique way of thinking about life and all of its aspects that made him such a memorable artist.
Dali studied art at the Royal Academy of Art in Madrid, but he was expelled twice and never took his final exams. He is the only known artist who had two museums dedicated exclusively to his works while he was alive. Dali was considered to be a genius by some and insane by others. The museum in Figueres definitely reflects both theories. Dali’s designs will have you looking and contemplating the art for hours. It is a very interactive museum, so even if you are not an art lover, this is a museum you can appreciate. It will keep you guessing!
If you are interested in traveling to Spain, visit TravAddict for some great options!
Last week we ran a poll asking people what was the first international city they visited? There were definitely a number of different answers, but most of the answers were cities in Europe. We had 97 people from all over the world participate in our poll.
When most people venture overseas for the first time no matter where they are from, Europe seems to be a popular choice. Is it the attraction of being able to experience so many different cultures and countries in such a short space of time? Is it the convenience of being an easy destination to get to? Does it have something to do with the price? In order to answer these questions we would need to expand out poll, but for now we would like to conclude that Europe is a popular destination for first-time overseas travelers, and at TravAddict we agree that it is a great choice.
Much of the world’s history is linked to Europe in some way or another, and experiencing it first hand can mean a lot to people from almost anywhere in the world. Based on our poll results a lot of people first went to London or to Paris. These are great cities to experience a new country for the first time. They are very accommodating to tourists, and there are plenty of sights to see. If you haven’t yet taken your first overseas trip and you are not sure where you should go, Europe is a great destination to consider. You can do Europe one of two ways. Take is slow and just see a few cities or countries to first get a feel for Europe, or you can see many countries all at once with an ease of getting from one country to the next. When most people come home from their first trip to Europe, they already have plans for what they want to do when they go back…….because there is so much to see!