It’s decided: your holidays, you’ll spend them in a more exotic place than ever! The question is where and how to do it.
1. Know what you want!
Your interests: this is what is essential to define at the base (yours and those of the people accompanying you) and this is what will dictate the journey. Are you going alone or with your family? Do you like climbing in the mountains or relaxing on the beach? Historical visits are really your thing or would you prefer to explore the jungle like Tarzan? You prefer to walk around in a t-shirt in hot weather or wrap yourself in three anoraks with temperatures dropping well below zero degrees? Are you the type of person who can’t stay in place and constantly look for sports activities? By answering all these questions, you should have a fairly accurate idea of the ideal destinations for you. For the final choice, your budget and the embassy’s advice will take care of a natural sweep. In fact, check before you leave to find out if there are any outbreak or security alerts issued for that country. You should also know that just because the destination is far away does not mean it is necessarily expensive! Indeed, airline ticket prices have fallen sharply in recent years and life in an exotic country may be cheaper than in some of our neighbouring countries. It’s up to you to do the math!
2. You prepare yourself
The destination is finally determined, all you have to do is prepare! This can start with a series of vaccines that will need to be made in good time. Also find out whether or not you need a visa, the validity of the passport(s)… Last but not least, and this is not the least bad, find out about the various languages spoken in the country. Try to learn some basics, such as “hello”, “thank you”, “how much it costs”, as well as the numbers from one to ten for on-site payments.
3. When to leave?
Is everything in order? All you have to do is make a reservation. The question is when! If you have children at school, the choice will probably be smaller… But in any case, find out if there is a rainy season or a risk of a storm, when to avoid the massive flow of tourists, what are the most pleasant months… External factors can also influence your decision: if you leave too late in the season, you will probably avoid tourists, but you may find yourself facing deserted cities, with no open settlement! Also consider local customs, whether to attend local celebrations or to avoid being in a country where Ramadan is practiced everywhere when you want to eat a little something on the terrace.