One of the questions we are often asked is how we decide where we will go next. We don’t plan very far in advance so we can seldom say where it might be.
One determining factor is traveling inexpensively. There’s a Google app for that. Google Flights delivers a map view of the least expensive destinations from where we are right now. There’s also Sky Scanner. Putting ‘Everywhere’ in the destination field in www.SkyScanner.com is like throwing a dart at the globe blindfolded. Sky Scanner will present you with a list of possible exotic destinations, the least expensive flight being at the top.
Our next stop may be based on an invite by someone. We’ve had invites from friends we’ve only just met and with whom we’ve developed a close rapport. We’ve received invites from those whose culture is far from our own. Paying guests at our AirBnB (when we had a home) have also offered to have us stay with them. One amazing artist even offered to teach us the art for which he has a passion. Others just want to show us as good a time as we’ve shown them.
Either as an afterthought when we have a travel plan or as a possible destination, we research the not-to-be-missed festivals and cultural events of the world. We easily keep track of on them on www. Joobli.com. It highlights mostly European events.1
We check house-sitting opportunities especially in exotic locations. We were offered a 1-month house-sitting job that would have been great but it conflicted with a booked cruise. Living somewhere for a few months while house-sitting, allows us to integrate into the local scene. An organized and equipped kitchen allows us to buy local food and cook for ourselves. Some jobs include bicycles, vehicles, a nearby gym or cultural center. Long assignments are a good way to pick up or brush up on our languages.
While I write this, for instance, we are on a 25-day cruise to Japan on Princess because it was highly discounted. We intend to stay in Japan and perhaps visit some of Japan’s neighbors. This is one of the perks of having an active travel agency under the umbrella of a large travel company. We also love that we can get the best travel deals for our friends and readers.
At some point we’ll try to stay in the really odd places we’ve heard about like a monastery, cave, Bedouin tent, ice-hotel, Yurt, undersea hotel, Japanese capsule, forest hut, canopy tree house or Chinese underground village.
We may try to visit destinations whose very existence is challenged because of politics or adverse environmental conditions.
We often surf the web to discover places to go and things to do that are off the charts, not just off the beaten path. We know there are absolutely surprising and exotic possibilities. Do you have any on your list?
We are enjoying the current journey wherever our next destination is. Oft times, we mention our nomadic lifestyle, we’ll receive endless recommendations of travel destinations. Our travel bucket list is so large that it doesn’t quite matter where we go, it’s all going to be new to us.