Where should I travel to next?

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When it comes to deciding where to travel next, it can be a daunting task for many. With so many options and possibilities, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. As someone who frequently travels thanks to miles and points, I often get asked about how I plan my trips. In this article, I will share my approach and tips for deciding where to go next.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, global travel has come to a halt. However, this has provided a unique opportunity to sit back and plan future travels. The break also allowed me to prioritize my trips and think about where I really want to go.

In the miles and points community, there is often a tendency to let the deals and promotions dictate our travel plans. We get excited about a 30% bonus on Amex transfers or a great deal on flights to a specific destination. While these promotions can be tempting, it’s important to remember that the ultimate goal should be to travel where YOU want to go.

With that in mind, I follow a clear order of steps when planning my trips:

Step 1: Where do I want to travel to next?
Step 2: Once I have decided on a destination, I determine which miles and points I need to make that trip a reality.
Step 3: After identifying the necessary miles and points, I apply for credit cards that offer those currencies to earn the required rewards.

It’s important to note that while it’s great to get a high value in terms of cents per mile or point, this shouldn’t be the sole determining factor in selecting a travel destination. For example, if I find an amazing deal to fly in business class to a city I have already visited multiple times, I might decide to pass on it. Instead, I would prefer to use my miles to explore new parts of the US or visit another city in North America.

On the other hand, I have also used my points to book a trip to a destination that may not have been the best value in terms of cents per point, but it was a place I had always wanted to visit. In this case, the experience and fulfillment of a bucket list item outweighed the cost in points.

In conclusion, deciding on a travel destination can be a challenging task. However, by following a clear plan and prioritizing your personal travel goals, you can make informed decisions and ensure that the “tail is not wagging the dog.” Remember to focus on where you want to go, rather than getting caught up in the excitement of deals and promotions. Happy travels!

How do you plan your travel? Do you often find yourself getting caught up in deals and promotions? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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