1. Set a budget
Although it may seem obvious, before getting excited about any destination, you should know how much money you have to spend on the trip. It is necessary to set the total amount you are willing to spend, so as not to exceed that limit when using credit cards and, thus, not to damage your personal finances.
Once the amount is clear, the selection will be limited to the options that are within the budget. It is a good idea to segment the amount in different items, such as: transportation, lodging, food, souvenirs, entertainment, general expenses, among others.
2. Define the purpose of the trip
People have different tastes and therefore different expectations about traveling. Some people want to party, others are very interested in learning about the culture or gastronomy of the place and others just want to rest. Defining the travel plan will allow you to better choose the destination.
3. Get information
Many national and international tourist sites are famous, so you know what to expect when you visit them. However, researching about the place will always be the best thing to do, since the more information you have, the better your choice will be. Researching will also allow you to know if the destination is within your budget.
It is about researching some relevant information about the destination, from its climate, places of interest, historical sites, activities, tourist infrastructure, among others. It is also important to read comments from other travelers, although it is important to keep in mind that each person will speak according to the experience they have had.