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.
Gustavo was incredible. He was very patient with my wife and I as we did the challenging hike to Huchuy Qosqo. The driver, Ronal was great, too, our friend couldn't do the hike so he took her into town where they visited a market, saw a parade and had a great meal - a true cultural experience that she enjoyed. Couldn't have worked out any better.
Gustavo also guided us through Mapi and you could tell he enjoyed his job, very knowledgeable and had a great plan to avoid the crowds and get multiple views of the site. Couldn't say enough good things about him.
Rob, Hiking in Peru
First, I just wanted to thank our travel specialist again! His help was invaluable and made the trip so memorable and easy. Everything for the Peru leg was flawless from the time we landed in Cusco. On the trail, Lobo, our guide was a walking Inca/Peru encyclopedia. He answered every question we threw at him regarding plants, animals, history, astronomy and anthropology and everything else. Everything in Ecuador was nearly as equally perfect. We filled the days between the trek and the Galapagos cruise with sightseeing in Cuenca and Quito on our own. Thanks again for planning out this amazing trip! Look forward to our next Global Basecamps vacation!