Want to get away this year, but aren’t sure where you should go? After all, there are so many places that could be calling you – the beaches of Martinique, the bells and whistles in Las Vegas, the zebras in Africa or even the waters of a long, relaxing cruise. How can you possibly make this decision?  Here are five ways to decide where you should travel to this year:

Show me the money: Unless you have a rich uncle or a money tree growing in your backyard, budget is a factor in any trip. Whether it’s a small budget or quite a substantial one, you should know what it is before you begin toplan. Have only a few hundred dollars to spend? Perhaps an upgraded staycation is best suited for you or you might be able to find a package deal to someplace in the distance. A much bigger budget can open doors to more exotic locations or less exotic locations for a longer period of time. A travel budget includes airfare, hotel, food, sightseeing and incidental money for souvenirs and unexpected items that creep into your wallet.

What’s your makeup? Put away the eyeliner, what we are talking about here is your personality. Are you the adventurous type? Do you prefer something alone and secluded? Do you want to meet new people? Do you want to stay by yourself? Plan your trip around your own personality because, unless you want to step out-of-the-box on this trip and do something completely unlike you, you won’t be happy if the trip doesn’t match your personality.

Bucket list: Have you always dreamed of going to Italy? Perhaps you’ve wanted to ski the Swiss Alps or just lay on the beaches of Bora Bora. Maybe you want to sky dive, snorkel, or swim with the sharks. What’s on your list of things to do in your life? Pick a destination where you can do one of these things.

Buck the trends: Want to go where you’ve never been before? Or do you want to go back to a place you thoroughly enjoyed and would see again? River cruising is picking up in popularity and Cuba’s open doors have now interested many travelers. Does that excite you while planning or would you prefer to go off-the-beaten path? Popular places can often be congested and overpriced. Don’t base your decision on what everyone else is doing. Base it on what you want to do.

When do you plan to travel? Summertime or spring break at Disney can be a congested time to visit, but if you want to travel while the kids are in school, it’s ever-so-slightly less crowded. Check any destination for major events that could derail your desire for some peace and quiet.

That’s a great start to help you figure out where to travel to in 2017. Of course, if you’re still stymied, you could speak to a travel professional who might have some great ideas that fit perfectly with your budget and what you want to do.

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