The Panhandle, Paris, Costa Rica and Barbados have all been added to the top lists of where to go in 2015 but what gets these and dozens of other cities, countries and regions added to these lists? Island Trader Vacations invites you on a review of what makes a destination one of the best in terms of travel.
Accommodations and Amenities
While there are more than a few travelers who find themselves in search of out-of-the-way and remote destinations for travel, the vast majority of travelers want at least the basic modern conveniences and amenities. From a place to get food to a place to swim or sleep, having our basic needs and a bit more met when we travel are often key to choosing a top destination.
For many travelers, convenience is a key when choosing a top destination. While many won’t limit their top destinations to areas which don’t require a passport, they may choose to avoid destinations which have other more stringent requirements. Areas which are difficult to enter, require proof of accommodations, additional licensing, permits or vaccinations will generally not make it onto the mainstream “best of the best” lists.
The majority of travelers will choose destinations which offer more than just a single attraction. Having options in terms of attractions generally helps draw visitors. Washington DC for example, is home to the Smithsonian Institute. Not only are these museums free but there are over 20 of them making planning what to see and do for the entire family quite simple.
What do the Grand Canyon and the Grand Ole Opry have in common? There is only one of each of them. While many of us like the comfort of “chains” when it comes to food and general shopping, unqiue appeal makes a destination special. If a destination has something unique that you can’t see somewhere else, it sets itself apart from others and becomes more appealing.
Diversity is also a key to a top destination. If all an area offers is water related activities for example, those who don’t enjoy water won’t visit. By offering a variety of attractions, activities and destinations, you gain more appeal to the masses and make yourself stand out as a top destination for travel.
Events and Trending
Last on our list of what makes a destination one of the best is what is going on in the world. A special event or a celebration of a past event can make a destination more popular one year than the next. In addition, trends in society also play a role in top destinations year after year. Vino tourism for example, is a trend growing in popularity in the U.S. and around the globe while celebrations and commemorations honoring those who served in WWI and the Civil War are also trending right now as important anniversaries approach.
Like everything in life, the best and worst of everything depends solely on the individual. You can be sure however that if a destination makes a top list, it is likely one worth considering.