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Deciding where to take your vacation may be the most important decision you can make about your trip. If the destination is not compatible with your travel preferences, your dream vacation can go bust very quickly.

That's why it's so important to be honest with yourself about what you like and do not like, and then plan accordingly.

To choose the right destination, ask yourself some key questions:

  • Would I rather relax or be on the go constantly?
  • What do I hope to gain from this trip?
  • What type of climate do I prefer?
  • Would I rather be surrounded by people or secluded?
  • Would I rather be on a schedule or do things spontaneously?

Once you can answer these questions honestly, spend some time reading travel books and researching destinations on the Internet to find two or three that that meet your objectives. To narrow your decision even further, take into account factors like safety in the region you are considering, language, and any physical demands your trip may entail.

Do not make the mistake of choosing a location because your friends loved it or it's the most popular vacation spot on the top Internet travel site. If it doesn't meet your needs, you will be wasting both time and money.