When was the last time you took a trip to somewhere really unique? For me, it was years ago, and I’m itching for it. And initially, I didn’t know where to start. Most brochures feel so samey, if only for the reason that I’ve probably seen them a dozen times. So if you want to find that one inspiring travel destination that will give you unforgettable memories, you’re in the right place!
In this article, I’ve prepared five clever tips to make this easier for everyone – from the shy but curious newbie traveler to the seasoned globetrotter. With the suggestions below, you’ll be able to find something truly unique and special – from off-the-beaten-track destinations that almost no one has laid eyes on, to places that offer one-of-a-kind activities.
Even better? These tips can also help you stay safe and comfortable no matter where you decide to go. So jump on board and let’s explore the world with a mission: to uncover those hidden gems and help you have a truly unforgettable travel experience!
Research Different Locations
Research? I can almost see the look on your face and the thoughts behind it. “But everyone does research, what do you mean? We’ve all seen the offers by the travel agencies and the ads and the brochures! You must be joking!”
Well, hold up! I didn’t mean that kind of research. But a more unique research, or rather, more like an exercise in brainstorming and inspiration. For example, how about reaching for a random book from your bookshelf, and seeing where it takes place? Chances are there will be a flash of inspiration in your mind as you imagine the book’s story and its locale.
But hey, it’s 2023, and who reads books anymore? Well, for those of you who aren’t very keen on the bookworm life, here’s another tip for researching unique travel destinations: switch the TV channels. Chances are some of them will be showing some kind of documentary or a movie that’s set in a unique location that most travel brochures neglect to put on offer.
Or, you could also consider checking out some travel blogs, travel photography books, or webpages. Historical pages, books, TV shows, and even video games can give you a good idea of a travel destination you haven’t explored before. (For me, the James Bond movies are inspiring me to travel!)
Finally, the good old method of looking at a map, or spinning a globe can also be helpful and intensely inspiring. Just what is there, at this very spot, where you’ve put your finger? Hmmm? Time to learn more about it and see if you feel like going there!
So, do your research – but spontaneously and unconventionally! Once your imagination is running wild, you’ll have a much easier time deciding where you want to travel next.
Talk to Friends or Family About It
This one is big. Personal recommendations are highly valuable when it comes to travel because they bring the benefit of someone’s actual, concrete experience of visiting a certain place. And maybe someone’s recent holiday photos will create that spark and desire in you to visit that place as well – in which case, your friend or relative can tell you everything you need to know, from how to get there, to planning out your budget and the specific dishes you could try.
Regardless of whether a friend or family member has been to a destination you have set your sights on, quizzing them about it can be very informative, and will probably give you ideas you’d never consider on your own.
Consider Comfort Factors Like Climate, Transportation, and Accommodations
Once you have a good idea of where, in particular, you’d like to go, it’s also important to explore various things about the destination that will impact your experience. By this, we mean figuring out if you like the climate, whether you’d be good with the transportation options, and if you’ll be able to find good accommodations for yourself.
These things may seem simple or taken for granted at first, but a little consideration beforehand goes a long way. For example, an otherwise beautiful destination may also come with super hot, uncomfortably humid weather that could sour your stay there.
Additionally, some people are afraid of flying or taking boats, so consider if the ways to get there are compatible with your personal needs and requirements.
Finally, be mindful about selecting the right accommodation for you. While almost all destinations on Earth now offer anything from a cheap hostel to a luxurious resort or even a private island villa, consider the relative location and amenities you’ll be receiving for the price. Sometimes luxury can feel like a prison if your accommodation is located in a remote area with nothing to do. And other times, a fairly decent but affordable place may turn out intolerable due to loud traffic noises, and so on.
So, while the allure of visiting a unique destination may be irresistible, it’s important to consider these more down-to-earth aspects before making your final call.
Look for Activities That Are off the Beaten Path
Let’s say you’ve arrived there. Then what? Surely, the location is brimming with interesting and amusing things to see and experience, but if you’re not aware of them even existing, you’ll be scratching your head once you’re there.
Here’s the thing. To truly immerse yourself in a unique travel experience and rake in those precious memories, you’ll need to do some dreaded research again. Lucky for you, once you’re set on a destination, this is a fairly easy task. Just google the location and the recommended things to do once there, or open your preferred Maps app, and see what’s highlighted nearby on the map.
This way, you can see truly unique places, and immerse yourself in the tastes and moods of the place you’re visiting. From locally famous restaurants to interesting festivals, charming local markets, and lesser-known landmarks, every location on Earth can offer something unique and unforgettable. Dare to leave your comfort zone and immerse yourself in the local culture, and the memories will stay with you for a lifetime.
Search Online Reviews
But what if you’re, say, in Palma de Mallorca, and the internet blogs and Maps apps are flooding you with hundreds of places to see and things to do? Well then.
The internet is an absolute treasure trove of information, and this can sometimes be overwhelming. But worry not – just check each place for several minutes and see what the user reviews are saying.
This way, you can learn that someplace is currently closed, or another has gotten down in the quality of its dishes. Or, you’ll learn that another place has a happy hour – that seems to be right about now – and that their desserts are divine!
In short, harness the power of the internet and technology. They can prove to be invaluable travel buddies, helping you find exactly what you need in a pinch.
See? It wasn’t that hard. While finding a truly unique travel destination can feel daunting, and even impossible at first, that’s not the case. Follow our tips, take one step at a time, and I promise you – you’ll be booking those tickets in no time. Happy travels – and send us pictures!