What is your next travel destination? When we are home, that is probably the number one thing we are asked. There is a basic process we go through to choose our next travel destination, which we outline below, along with highlights of 18 of our favourite cities or road trips. Prepare to be inspired.
Often, it is the city that picks us (family, friends, key events). However, even when a portion of our travel is determined by the universe, we usually tack on an additional adventure on either end. It’s a big world, and, so far, we have explored portions of 65 countries and countless cities. Yet, there is still so much more to see.
Where will your next travel destination be?
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The questions we ask before we choose our next travel destination
- Are there any family events around the world that we want to attend?
- When can we travel? Are there events at home that we can’t miss?
- If we have to clear with an employer, when can we go?
- Which hemisphere will match the season I prefer?
- Are there any major holidays that will affect my travel plans, either that I want to attend, or to avoid?
- Who am I travelling with, and where do they want to go?
- What is my budget?
- Do I want to travel on my own, go on a tour, or get a guide? (See our travel resources page for the list of the companies we use.)
- What are the travel restrictions for my next travel destination choice (visa or immunization requirements)?
Visas and entry
Entry requirements vary by both your nationality and the destination. If you hold a passport from either Japan or Singapore, you can access most countries without a visa. Check the full Henley Passport Index to see how your country’s passport ranks.
If you want to know if you need a visa for your next destination, you will need to check with your state department.
General advantages of each season
Northern Hemisphere: Jun-Aug
Southern Hemisphere: Dec-Feb
Hot temperatures with extreme heat in some areas.
Often peak season crowds.
Requires booking ahead.
Northern Hemisphere: Sep-Nov
Southern Hemisphere: Mar-May
Generally my favourite time to travel.
Often Swing season.
Less planning required.
Northern Hemisphere: Dec-Feb
Southern Hemisphere: Jun-Aug
Chilly, often cold temperatures.
Often less crowded (Unless a ski destination)
Requires less planning
Northern Hemisphere: Mar-May
Southern Hemisphere: Sep-Nov
Often more rain.
New growth can trigger allergies.
Often swing season.
Less planning required.
Things to know about your next travel destination before you go
- Emergency number
- Official language
- Credit cards accepted
- ATM machine availability
- Electricity and connectors used
- Telephone country code
- Water: Is the tap water is safe to drink?
Albom Adventures has travel guides for many countries. Use the search box in the upper corner to find the country you are considering. They include the information above, as well as the best time to visit, key holidays, visas and entry requirements, safety, and more. Here’s a sample: New Zealand Travel Guide.
Travel safety tips
We practice common sense around safety issues when we travel. If we wouldn’t do it at home, it isn’t suddenly safe to do it overseas. And for us, living in one of the safest countries in the world, we often need to take more precautions when we travel.
Too often we see travellers being careless, and then not happy with the result. We have written these safety guidelines for travelling in South America that included both our general guidelines, as well as some specific to various regions.
What to bring to your next destination
We always travel light and include clothes and light jackets that can be layered as needed. Therefore, our basic kit doesn’t change much. Typically, we wear sporty for the daytime and smart casual for evenings with a good pair of walking shoes. You can get a free copy of our packing list when you sign up for our newsletter.
Booking tips for your next travel destination
Flights: We use flight search engines (either Skyscanner or Momondo) to find all the available flight options at the best prices.
Accommodations: Our hotel search starts on Booking.com. We love their maps feature to see where their accommodation options are located. We generally stay in 4-star accommodations.
Rental Cars: We have rented cars in all six continents that we have visited (but not all countries). Since we found them, we have been successfully getting cars from RentalCars.com. Easy to use, they are like a rental car search engine, with the added benefits of English-speaking customer service and auto insurance options.
Travel Insurance: We don’t leave New Zealand without travel insurance that will cover us for medical emergencies, lost luggage, theft, or missed or cancelled flights. It’s a personal choice that has paid off well for us as we have ended up in hospitals on four continents and had a wallet stolen in the USA, resulting in a missed flight. We always start with World Nomads.
**Check out our Travel Resources page for a complete listing of the companies we use to save money on our travels.
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Disclaimer: We are frequently provided with complimentary entrances, tour, or sample items to aid in the writing of Albom Adventures. However, the opinions expressed here are strictly our own.