When choosing your destination and travel dates, it is not only necessary to research the weather and climate patterns of your preferred destination, but it is also important to research the variation of climate within the country.
When planning your journey it is important to take into consideration what type of activities you may want to undertake. Such planning is crucial for skiing, trekking, rafting, sailing and in some cases, even sun-bathing.
Holidays and Festivals
Holidays and festivals offer incredible insights into local cultures and traditions. Participation in these festivities can greatly enhance your travel experience. However, they can also cause disruptions due to local travel congestion, closed businesses, etc. So just be sure to do your research and plan accordingly.
Peak and Off-Peak Travel Seasons
In accordance with weather and climate patterns, there are tourism seasons. Although the reasoning behind what constitutes a specific country’s peak and off-peak travel seasons may differ, their potential to impact your travel experience is profound and very real. Therefore it is very important to research your destination’s travel seasons in advance and plan accordingly.
Benefits and Drawbacks: Travel during the off-peak season is usually a much more rewarding experience; offering cheaper prices, less crowds and a more authentic travel experience. However, just as tourism seasons vary per destination, so do their reasoning. For instance, many European countries attract hoards of tourists during the summer holiday months, while the rest of the year is generally much less crowded and usually has even better weather conditions than during the peak season. In places such as India and Thailand, the travel seasons are usually determined by natural occurrences, such as extreme temperatures, floods and monsoons. Although experiencing an Indian monsoon can be quite an awesome experience, it can also put a damper on dreams of a sun-drenched beach vacation.
Creating the Perfect Trip
Visualize yourself traveling (really let your imagination go!)
Decide what your trip priorities are (beach? jungle? Safari?)
Figure out which country (or countries) make the most sense
Consult a Global Basecamps Travel Specialist for expert planning assistance
Pack as little as possible
Explore the world!
The Global Basecamps sales team is made up of intrepid world travelers who have the expertise and knowledge to plan even the most difficult of trips.
This was my third time using the incredible services and unique properties of Global Basecamps. For my most recent trip to South Africa, I wanted a unique Kruger safari experience, but didn't have the budget for the higher-end Kruger safaris. Our travel specialist booked us a walking safari that was so incredibly priced we were able to afford an additional excursion to one of South Africa's smaller game parks. The walking safari was top notch and the accommodations were awesome. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and passionate about the wildlife. Viewing game on foot without twenty other vehicles with tons of gawking tourists and cameras going off is such a special treat. Thank you Global Basecamps for another incredible experience!
John, Custom South African Safari
My trip was awesome! I trekked Mt. Kilimanjaro and what an experience! Everyday it either rained--drops as big as dinner plates--snowed, hailed, ice storm--the night we made it to the summit--the wind blew and generally we had cold weather, but I made it to the summit! That is what my goal was and the weather wasn't going to stop me. The guides were exceptional--Ronald. He told me he would get me to the summit and he did! The support staff were wonderful and the cook--excellent! He even had a cake for me at the end of the trek. It was a perfect trip--memories for a lifetime. Thanks to Meagan for all the planning she did to make my trip exceptional.