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How To Choose Your Next Holiday Destination

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When it comes to choosing my next holiday destination, my favourite thing to do is to head to Skyscanner, find the cheapest flights to my desired location and then head over to Booking.com to find an affordable but luxury hotel or apartment.

While this is a great (and very effective) way of choosing your next holiday destination, it can be just a little too generic.

If you’re looking for a more fun, alternative and unique way of choosing your next holiday destination, then take a look at the list below!

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In this post you’ll find a plethora of unique and alternative ways to choose your next holiday destination. From randomised websites, to social media fun, to asking your friends and family, here are some of the most fun ways to find out where to travel to next!

Use the ‘everywhere’ feature on Skyscanner

OK, so while I may have said that using the Skyscanner feature can be a little generic, albeit a great way to find your next holiday destination, one of my favourite “hobbies” is to visit the Skyscanner website and use their ‘everywhere’ feature.

This allows you to search for the best and most affordable flights, in any destination, at any time of the year.

You simply enter your desired departure airport and then choose the option ‘to everywhere’ and it’ll give you a vast range of places all over the world, in order from cheapest to the most expensive.It might not be the most unique or original way to find your next holiday destination but it sure as hell is a great way to find £10 flights to Spain… (hint hint)

Ask someone to choose for you

This is yet another simple but effective way of finding a new place to travel to. Only yesterday, Matt and I were visiting his grandparents and they were telling us some of the most amazing stories from their travels over the years.

Asking friends or family for their advice on where to travel to next can be such a lovely thing to do as you know their recommendations will be trustworthy.

Over the last couple of years, Matt’s mum has travelled to Budapest and Croatia on the back of our recommendations.

Arrive at the airport with the intention of booking a random ticket

This is something that you always see happen on films but never actually hear about in real life.

I think it would be so incredibly liberating to turn up at an airport, slam your passport and credit card on the desk and tell the check-in desk to book you a plane ticket to a random place!

I’m not entirely sure you can even do that anymore but it would be such a cool thing to do!

Look on a map and find a place you’ve never even heard of before

This is another thing that I love to do; looking at a map, or even just on Google Maps, and finding places that I’ve never heard of before.

There are SO many countries, cities and tiny little islands that I never even knew existed before I did this activity and it can be such a fun and unique way to discover a place for your next holiday destination.

Travel somewhere that won’t be around forever

It’s such an awfully sad thought that some of the world’s most stunning places won’t be around forever due to the likes of climate change and pollution.

However, one great way to make sure you see them before they disappear forever is choosing them as your next holiday destination.

Places like Venice, the Great Barrier Reef and the Amazon Rainforest are becoming smaller and more worn out every year, which suggests that they might not last forever.

If you’re looking to visit somewhere that’s truly bucket list worthy, then travelling to a place that could disappear within the next 50 years is a great idea.

Use a site that will randomly decide for you

There are dozens of sites nowadays that will essentially book your holiday for you, without telling you where you’re going to!

WowTrip and srprs.me are just some of the websites that book you a ‘mystery’ holiday and you don’t find out where you’re travelling to until you arrive at the airport.

This is definitely a unique approach to booking your next holiday as you’ll have no idea where you’re going until you’re just moments from stepping onto the plane!

Take to Instagram for inspiration

I think this option is becoming increasingly popular as a way for people to find their next travel destination as the popularity of Instagram just seems to keep on growing (despite the terrible algorithm and the follow/unfollow “trend”, that is).

Instagram definitely has an influence on more and more people’s choice of holiday nowadays, which I certainly don’t think is necessarily a bad thing! I love being able to share my travel adventures with my Instagram followers, only to hear that they’ve gone and booked a holiday to the same place!

Ask your followers for suggestions

Similarly to the point above, you could take to the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and do a poll asking for suggestions of where you should travel to next.

Not only is this a great way to interact with your followers and get them involved in your travels, but it will also give you plenty of inspiration for places you should consider travelling to.

Use the ‘dart on a globe’ technique

This is definitely a cliche and yet another thing that you’re way more likely to see happen in a movie rather than in real life but throwing a dart onto a globe could be a great way to choose your next holiday destination.

You may end up finding yourself wanting to travel to somewhere that you’d never heard of before, or expected to want to travel to.

It’ll also be fun to spin a globe and throw a dart on it, even if it’s just for fun!

Go somewhere off the beaten track

Contrary to taking to social media to find where you should travel to next, another fun way of choosing your next destination is to go somewhere that’s off the beaten track and much less popular than conventional holiday destinations.

The world really is so incredibly vast, and is home to an array of unbelievable places that it would be a shame to just travel to the places that everyone else goes to.

Instead of visiting the most popular cities of a country such as Sydney, Paris and Amsterdam, for example, why not visit a city in those countries that’s not considered to be a typical tourist destination?

You may find yourself discovering a hidden gem within a particular country, that you can keep to yourself to cherish forever.

How To Choose Your Next Holiday Destination

Do you have any unique methods of booking holidays? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. 10th January 2019 / 9:39 am

    Oh man, I remember going to a few flight sites and just choosing my vacations based on the cheapest flights, haha. I love the idea of letting someone else pick for you – I don’t know why I never thought of that before! I have a few places I’d love to cross off my bucket list but wouldn’t mind putting them on hold for a more adventurous way of travelling.

    • 10th January 2019 / 10:16 am

      It’s such a simple but great thing to do when you ask for someone else to choose for you! Thanks for reading lovely x

  2. 10th January 2019 / 5:20 pm

    Very often Instagram is my source of inspo for travels. Like I see a photo and I become obsessed ahah! That’s how we got to go to Copenhagen. I should try the go everywhere feature on skyscanner though!

  3. 10th January 2019 / 5:23 pm

    I’m going to Iceland in March and I booked it because I got really cheap flights haha. I love the idea of using a website to choose for me. I can be very indecisive so I might try this for my next holiday. Thanks for the tips.

    Eve | http://www.evemorganinteriors.com

    • 10th January 2019 / 10:57 pm

      Ooh Iceland will be fab! Have the best time lovely xx

  4. 10th January 2019 / 6:14 pm

    I love this post- I always struggle with where to go because there’s just too much choice! I’ve not heard of Skyscanner so thank you for the recommendation, I’ll definitely be checking that out. It’s also such a great tip to visit places that may not last forever, I remember hearing a few years ago that the Great Barrier Reef corals were all being bleached by pollution and it really saddened me and left me with a desire to see it before it deteriorates any more. I haven’t yet though so its still on the list!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • 10th January 2019 / 10:22 pm

      The Great Barrier Reef is definitely something I’d love to see! X

  5. 10th January 2019 / 7:19 pm

    I never knew there were sites that could book you a mystery holiday, you would have to be pretty brave to do that, he he. It sounds really fun and exciting though! I always feel inspired when I see a pretty place on Instagram and am forever getting new ideas for my travel bucket list. Skyscanner sounds like a great website for cheap flights, I’ll have to have a look when I’m planning my next getaway. Thanks for sharing your tips and suggestions Chloe <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • 10th January 2019 / 10:19 pm

      Yeah they’re so cool how they do it for you! Xx

  6. 10th January 2019 / 9:17 pm

    I always struggle to pick my next destination so this post is super helpful!
    Emma | emmadrury.com

  7. 11th January 2019 / 9:35 am

    These are such great ideas for the more ambitious traveler! How amazing would it be to just show up at an airport and decide there and then. With my anxiety, I don’t think I could do it (though wish I could!) as I like to really plan things far ahead and make sure everything is in order. I also don’t like hot places but there’s definitely a list of places I would love to go xxx

    • 11th January 2019 / 10:00 am

      Thank you! They definitely are for the more ambitious traveller I think! Xxx

  8. 12th January 2019 / 5:59 pm

    Instagram for choosing a destination is such a great idea. Bestie and I often do the point on map thing before going on a trip.

  9. 16th January 2019 / 2:27 pm

    A few years ago, I actually did the ‘Arrive at the airport with the intention of booking a random ticket’ one with three friends! We just asked them what the available flights were and then picked the one we felt most drawn too (and also the one that was cheapest, probably, haha). I can honestly say that it is still one of my favourite holidays ever. We got to swim with dolphins (as just one of the highlights), and even though we weren’t at our destination that long, it really changed me and I feel like I grew as a person just for going on an adventure like that. I would honestly recommend doing it to anyone, and I’m actually considering doing it again with my boyfriend in the (near) future!


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