Nomadic Matt references a psychological phenomenon called analysis paralysis in “Overcoming the Paradox of Choice,” a recent blog post. He describes how variety burdens us and can prevent prompt decision-making. Simply, having too many options leads to double-thinking and procrastination. World travellers experience this often when mapping their next great adventure. It just so happens that the feeling never dissipates—even once landed in a new city.
Well-known vacation spots boast sets of landmarks that you might feel obligated to see. Depending how long you’ve got, travelling to each hotspot might be impossible. So how can you overcome analysis paralysis and pick standout attractions somewhere new?
The “Why” Matters Much More than the “Where”
Sometimes, sightseeing becomes robotic. You grab a map, hit the streets and follow the steps of countless other tourists. Craig from Y Travel recommends unearthing your reasons for travelling to break this mould. “Travel is more than checking things off my list,” he writes. Determine what “more” is to you and cut the must-sees that don’t further your purpose. That said, seeking a few landmarks for pictures is fine! Doing so embraces the spirit of a true tourist.
Who You Travel with Should Influence Your Itinerary
Ideally, your travel companion will have compatible interests. Still, he or she might want to check out different things than you. While splitting up is acceptable, you might want to balance each other’s interests instead. Compromise opens both of you to new experiences.
How Much Money Do You Plan to Spend?
Sadly, a major factor when deciding what to do or what to see comes down to dollars. Most attractions cost money to access—indoor ones at least—so you might not be able to do them all. If so, you’ll need to prioritize and supplement the less important destinations with free activities of like ilk.