How do I decide where to go?
Before you get started with any planning, have a think about where you really want to go on your adventure. Grab a notebook and a map of the world and make a list of the places you've always wanted to visit.
Now be realistic
When you have your wish list, talk to friends, travel agents, look online, read travel features in newspapers, magazines and books, and watch travel documentaries to narrow down you dream destinations.
Then think about the type of trip you want. Do you want to cram as many places as possible into your trip or do you want to spend some time in each place and get to know each destination a little better? As tempting as it can be to tick as many places off your 'must-visit list' in a short space of time, think carefully about how tired the travelling will make you and whether you want to come back from your holiday relaxed or exhausted.
Now place your short-list of destinations into a timeframe and place a sense of importance against each one to help you decide how many nights to spend in each place.
When thinking about a number of nights in a destination, it is also worth considering any activities/events/attractions you want to take part in and see there that you would like to allow any extra time for.
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