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Get away for the summer – but where?

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Listening to people tell you about their holidays is a double-edged sword. One the one hand, it’s passive conversation and the other person seems happy and, if you think about it, there are worse ways to spend five minutes. On the other hand, however, is the nagging thought of “I want that”. They always sound so certain, don’t they? About having been to the hottest destination this year and about having seen the must-see sights at discount prices. How do they know where to go?

In this short but sweet roundup, we’re going to cover a lot of the basics. For example, let’s begin with making sure that before you go anywhere, you research the travel insurance element. We’ll get to the fun stuff in just a moment, but not knowing how to contact your embassy in the event of lost travel documents, and things like car accidents, can really ruin your trip (personal injury lawyer in and around Toronto are available for you to get in touch).

Old? New? Near? Far?

Depending on your budget, and depending on how much time you have available, the distance you’ll be able to travel will be largely dictated to you. For example, if your starting point is London, England, you might want to consider a short hop over to France if you only have a maximum of three or four days and a limited budget. However, if you’re starting from, let’s say, Los Angeles, and you really have the time and the money, destinations such as Japan, Australia, and even Thailand are not unthinkable. Once you have your logical radius, consider whether you want to see something old, or something new. Is it architecture and history and guided tours that take your fancy? Or would you prefer the buzz and hum of the city lights? Which brings us to our next point…

Make a list, check it twice, then check online reviews …

You could spend the entirety of an afternoon choosing your perfect destination, only to find that the flights on the dates that you need simply don’t exist. That’s why it’s important to pick a few destinations and remain open minded about the possibilities of visiting each place on your list. Next, check the online reviews. There’s an outside chance that you’ve forgotten an important detail about your preferences – when you go online, the reviews will include ratings for things like local cuisine, whether to expect tourism friendly service, and peak travel times.


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