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1.5. Key advice about choosing destinations

The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World The Practical Nomad Guide to the Online Travel Marketplace

from The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World

and The Practical Nomad Guide to the Online Travel Marketplace

by Edward Hasbrouck


  • The world is big. You can't see it all in a lifetime, much less a few months or years. Narrow your choices. Most people try to do too much in too little time.
  • Contrary to what you might think, the best way to start your planning may be to choose a list of specific destinations, not to draw lines on a map.
  • Make your own choices. Don't go somewhere just because someone else liked it, or tells you to go there.
  • Your daily activities and the people you meet have more influence on the quality of your travel experience than the sites you visit or sights you see.
  • Travel in the present. Learn about contemporary life and current affairs in the places where you are going. (The Internet makes this much easier than ever before.)
  • Think about who is giving you advice and what their knowledge is based on. Many resources for travellers are propaganda, designed to sell travel "products" rather than to inform. Many of the most useful resources for choosing destinations aren't intended primarily for travellers.
  • Look to resources from and by people in the places you are thinking of going for the most accurate picture of what travel in those places will really be like.

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