Don’t Compromise: Substitute Locations

Do you sometimes regret choosing a substitute location for vacation? There is no doubt that choosing a substitute travel destination can be extremely disappointing, but maybe it’s in your best interest? 

While choosing a substitute destination can be a good thing, there’s also a possibility that these backup vacation spots may not be as exciting. After all, you want to visit your dream travel destination for a reason.  

Here is a short guide to help you determine if choosing a substitute travel spot is worth it.  

Create A List Of Your Wants 
If you frequently choose a substitute location, ask yourself what you actually want in a travel destination.  

Grab a pen and paper and create a list of everything that would make your vacation amazing. Maybe you’re seeking a five-star resort with beautiful white beaches. Or, perhaps you want to explore several museums.  

Once you establish your wants, you can determine if these things can be found in countries where the cost and itinerary is more attractive.  

For example, do you have to travel to Bali to view beautiful beaches or can you get the same experience in the Bahamas? 

Similarly, maybe it’s not essential to visit Costa Rica for exciting outdoor adventures. A fun and invigorating outdoor experience may be available in Mexico.  

Depending on your specific wants and needs, giving up your dream vacation spot may not be a terribly bad idea.  

Create A List Of Your Needs 
Although this activity may not be as fun, you’ll need to figure out what you absolutely need from a trip. By doing so, you’ll be able to determine if your dream travel destination is worth giving up.  

If you need to have a rental car, your dream destination may be worth going to if the country offers affordable rates that can’t be found elsewhere.  

Do you plan on traveling with children? Some travel destinations are extremely kid-friendly, which is a big plus if these spots are on your bucket list.  

With your needs list in hand, you may realize that you shouldn’t choose another travel destination just because your dream country is more expensive or harder to access during certain times of the year. 


Gerald Taylor

I am a lifelong explorer and travel enthusiast. I've never been a certified travel agent, but I have multiple family members who were. I'm not necessarily plugged in to the latest travel vendors and exclusive packages, and I've never cared for the label "life coach," but I do think I have some wisdom to offer about how people can get the most of your their vacation time.