The motivations and drives for visiting a specific destination are very different for every individual and there are many aspects an individual may weigh before choosing a locale. However, whether you consciously know it or not, the following factors likely play a role in your decision. Before you begin planning your next trip, consider what you want out of the following:
Natural Resources and Environment: The environment of the destination is key for many travelers. It includes both the landscape and the climate. For example, for individuals who want to get away and relax, a warm and sunny destination located on a quiet and pristine beach may be the perfect atmosphere. For others, snow-capped mountains and a chill in the air may be their ideal destination for a getaway.
The Built Environment: The built environment of a location are all those things created by humans. This includes hotels, restaurants, casinos, and shopping areas. For example, consider Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This location is flocked to every year by both domestic and international tourists who want to visit the 13-block stretch filled with retail shops, world-class restaurants and amazing, luxurious hotels. Do you want an environment chock-full of options or are you interested in a simpler environment? Both certainly have their advantages.
Operating Sectors of the Destination: The operating sectors are also vital within any destination. The availability of transportation, a wide variety of accommodations, a multitude of food services, different attractions, events and entertainment, and the opportunity for outdoor and adventure recreation can make a or break a destination for any traveler. For a locale like Las Vegas, consider all of these boxes checked. Taxis are readily available, hotels line the strip, buffets are endless, shows and concerts happen every night, and a quick road trip to Red Rock Canyon allows for a day of hiking to get away from the bright lights. Even if Vegas is not your calling, you still want to consider and research a destination's operating sectors before booking to ensure all your needs will be met.
Spirit of Hospitality: For many tourists, there is an expectation they will be greeted warmly and feel welcomed upon their arrival and stay at any destination. Many tourists who visit locations like the Caribbean state that they feel right at home and that everyone is friendly and kind. Regardless of the location, it is always a blessing when those whom you come into contact with are genuine and kind. Remember: the easiest way to receive hospitality is to show respect and appreciation in return! Consider how you want to be treated when arriving to your destination.
Yourself - The Tourist: Your personal drives and motivations are likely the main determinants for choosing a location. When considering different locales, decide what you most hope to get out of a pleasure trip. Are you looking for relaxation or adventure? Would you rather see shows or kayak the rivers? Do you want to party with friends or tour the countryside? Regardless of the motivation or drive, just enjoy yourself! Traveling is supposed to be fun, after all!