The second most important question in the entirety of your travel, is “When do you want to go?” you don’t have to get super specific yet. A general month might work for the general plans for now.
It’s not just a case of when you’re free to go as well. It’s important to take into account school holidays and such as well. If you go to Europe in August hoping to beat the Australian heat you might find you’ve got more to deal with than you bargained for, August being Summer holidays in the Northern Hemisphere.
If you’re doing a tour on a budget you might find, as I have, that March is one of the cheapest months to go, but people are less likely to have holidays then, so you might end up without a tour at all, which is not what you want. I would advise if you’re going that route to have a backup idea in case the tour is cancelled do to poor numbers. You can plan to do it yourself, you could go somewhere else, or you could pick another time. Just make sure that it works with you.
It is, with everything else, important to look at why you want to go at that time. If you want to see the cherry blossom flowers in Japan you might have to be careful that you don’t miss it, they usually only last a short while. If you want to ski be sure to do your homework so you’re not stuck on a brown mountain while you’re there.
No trip’s going to be the most perfect time for you to go. It will always be inconvenient in one way or another, but you need to be prepared for it, and maybe have a few contingencies up your sleeves. The worst thing you can be on a trip is unprepared.
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