Where You Want To Go

Practical Tips
To Plan The RIGHT Trip For You

COVID slowed us down for a couple of years, and now a few health issues challenge us.  We're still traveling if not writing about it quite so much. Our goal in 2022 was get to all seven continents in one year... and we did it.

Going forward health issues may not allow us to travel.  No one can take away those memories though.  We hope all of you are well and staying safe... and that you find some inspiration here for YOUR future travels. 

When we're talking about where you want to go I think you should always dream big...

Think about what have you always wanted to see or do...


I want you to be sure.

Trip planning is as much figuring out what you DON'T want as what you DO want.

A vacation you've been dreaming about might sound romantic and adventurous...

Now you need to look at the realities and make sure it's the right destination for you.

So let's look at some practical tips for trip planning once you THINK you're done choosing your destination.

What will the accommodations really be like where you want to go?

If where you want to go is exotic or adventurous... you need to see what your accommodations are like.

Our camping tents in Kruger National Park South Africa

I've told you that African tented camps are pretty luxurious, but we also took a really affordable safari recently where the tents were more basic.

To keep costs down, we camped in Kruger National Park.

This was a nice little tent, but it wasn't the luxurious tented camp experience...

We slept on cots and walked up the hill to the ablution blocks (that's what they call the central showers and toilets in Africa).

We knew that... and chose that for this trip... but you need to know things like this before you book your trip.

Are you in shape to handle the hiking or biking?

Will that jungle trek be too much?

Jungle hike Amazonian Rainforest Peru - When you're planning a trip, think.. will I be able to handle ALL the obstacles?

I have a friend who always takes her family on great exotic trips. Last year they went to the rainforest in Ecuador's Amazon area...

As their guide was using a machete to carve a path through the jungle for them, her kids said...

"Mom, can we ever take a NORMAL vacation?"

They will probably remember that fondly forever, but would you?

Make sure you're prepared... Make sure the kids are prepared if you're taking kids!

What if there are snakes and bugs where you want to go?

When I talk about a jungle trip or a safari, I tell my sister there are no snakes or bugs - but of course there are.

African Tented Camps Are Fun, But Remember You're In The Wild

You don't see them often, but yea... there are snakes... and some are dangerous.

We were on safari in Tanzania with some friends... and he doesn't like snakes.

We never told him about the Green Mamba we spotted slithering under the bushes near his very nice tent in that African tented camp.

I can't show you the snake, but I CAN show you where we spotted it... it's just off the path in that photo up there.

There are spiders too...

Jumping spider in Manu National Park Peru

Some of them are dangerous too, and they're big and hairy and they're called jumping spiders for a reason.

I did just fine with our night jungle walk in Peru where we found the jumping spider, but one time we went for a night hike in the jungles of Borneo... even I gave up on that night walk because of all the leeches.

I hate leeches!

If where you want to go is the jungle, but you can't put up with some creepy crawly things... maybe you need to re-think where you want to go.

Can your budget handle that exotic location?

Where you WANT to go may be different from where you SHOULD go for your budget. Safaris and exotic locations that seem like they should be cheap are often, in reality, quite expensive.

If you KNOW that dream destination is what you want... try to make it fit your budget. We sometimes have to make compromises on accommodations and the length of our trip to make it happen... you can do the same.

And if you're just not sure... you can always try a smaller or local trial trip. You can usually find a local alternative to see if you like it... and if you do.... THEN you can save up and go for it!

  • You might want to cruise, but you never have...
    ...Take a short cruise first, see if you like cruising.

  • You want to go on safari...
    ...Go to a safari park close to home... you can stay in some for a safari type experience.

  • You've always wanted to go to cooking school in France or Italy....
    ...Go to a weekend cooking school close to home.

  • You want to go hiking in the Himalayas or the Andes...
    ......Do you like camping?
    ......Are you OK with exercise at high altitudes?
    Try hiking for a week in the Rockies or the Sierra or the Alps.

Having said all this - if you have your heart set on a destination.... go for it. Ultimately you should always go where you want to go.

I'd be the last person to try to talk you out of almost any trip.... BUT

Make sure you're going because YOU want to, not because someone else told you that you just have to try a cruise or a tour to Europe when you'd really rather just go to a local beach or resort.

OK... enough with the lectures. You probably have friends and family saying "You shouldn't go THERE."

We have that happen all the time... but you can do what we do...

  • Do your research
  • Make sure it's safe
  • Make sure it's something you really want to do and
  • Make sure you can handle physically...

... Then we go... and so should you....

Go where you want to go!

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

Curious about what else we've written about?  Search our site for a destination or travel tip.

But... We'd love to have you share this page or comment on it…
Thanks, Judy and Mark

Return to International Travel Tips l Europe Travel Tips
Hotel and B&B Tips l Packing Lists
Go from Where You Want to Go to MouseToursTravels Home Page
Privacy and Legal Policy

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Did it help with your travel planning and preparation? Eager to leave on that next vacation? Please leave your tips or comments in the box below.

Timely Tips

Summer Vacation
Travel is fun in the Northern summer... but don't neglect the Southern Hemisphere at this time of year.
Yes, it's winter in South Africa, but that's their dry season. It's a good time to travel there.

Lions stop traffic in Kruger NP South Africa

Sometimes you need to watch rain patterns instead of just seasons to figure the best time to travel...

Whether you're taking a road trip close to home or traveling abroad...

Whether it's summer or winter in your part of the world...
the way you pack can make it all more pleasurable.

Check out all our Packing Lists and Tips.

Need travel ideas?
Things to See in Europe
Africa Calls!
Travel In America

Don't just dream about it...
Start making plans!

Custom Tour Planning List
International Travel Planning Tips
Foreign Is Fun - Not Scary!
Get Your Passports and Visas

And Expect Good Things
There Are Tourist Angels


Search MouseToursTravels
Travel questions or destination info?
Find our answers faster..


We want you to feel comfortable out in the world and on our pages - so surf away in your own language...

Updated Tips & New Travel Stories

  1. 2022 Travels To All Seven Continents

    After COVID, all seven continents in one year was a worthy goal for our 2022 travels..

    Read More

  2. 2021 Travels - Another COVID Year?

    Our 2021 travels were only domestic. COVID kept us close home. Road trips and a cautious flights but still fun.

    Read More

  3. 2020 Travels - What Travels?

    Our 2020 travels were slim. COVID kept us home too. One trip to the Three Guyanas, but dreaming of travel next year.

    Read More

Navigate Our Site

Related Pages
Trip Planning

Guide Books
Why Travel With A Guidebook

How to Choose A Travel Guidebook

Travel Agents
A Travel Agent - Do You Need One?

Choosing Destinations
Best Time To Go

What Kind Of Trip Do You Want
More Than Throwing Darts

Some of Our Ideas
Stories About Europe
Why Not Africa?
North America
International Travel Tips

What Kind of Vacation?
Group Tour

Independent Travel
Driving Vacations
Adventure Travel
Active Travel - OK, How Active?
Multigenerational Vacations

Eco-Travel and Volunteering
Green Travel Tips
Sustainable Tourism
Volunteer Vacations - Are They For You?

Plan For Safety
Travel Advisories - Plan A Safe Trip

Don't Let Travel Worries Get To You
Keep Traveling

Planning Itineraries
A Custom Tour?
Custom Tour Planning List
Custom Tour Ideas
Top Ten Lists - Helpful, But…
Balance Your Itinerary - Mix It Up
Avoid Museum Sensory Overload
Hobbies for Trip Ideas
Where To Get Trip Ideas

Get Passports and Visas

Travel Documents
Vaccinations and Meds 
Travel Preparation

Checklists So You Don't Forget
Travel Document Checklist

Travel Preparation Checklist
Home Departure Checklist
Pre-Departure Checklist

Two Ways To Like Us!

Like Our Site Top Left
Like Our Fanpage Below
Thank You!

Ready For A New Adventure?

We escape by traveling…
But there are more ways to escape. 
Work on something you LOVE…
With A Website
SBI Teaches You Everything

First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life