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Question: How Do You Pick the Countries That You Travel To?


Where you go, and how you go, largely depends on the type of experience you're looking for.

Interested in beach time? Norway probably isn't the best option for you.

Decide what type of experience you want to have - languages you want to learn, culture/food you want to try, weather and climate you're up for - and that will help to narrow down the choices of where to go in this big beautiful world.

Here's some of the principles we follow when deciding where to go:

  1. What do we want to experience? What don't we want to experience? Is there a language we want to learn?
  2. What kind of climate? What time of year will we be there?
  3. Ask advice and recommendations from people who have actually gone.
  4. Soon, it will start to feel right. That's how we know when we're on the right track.

How have you picked where to travel?



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9 Responses

  1. stephanie teague

    How many days have you gone without hitting a city (even a small one)? ..and I’ve gotta ask…how did you get 5 kids to stay away from the camera long enough to film these videos? 🙂

    • Rachel

      I think we usually hit small towns fairly often.

      All the kids stayed inside the house. They’re not always very quite, but it works 🙂

  2. Lana

    again, you guys are awesome and funny. I live in Thailand, am mostly fluent in Thai now, and have traveled around Asia a whole lot. Next going to Europe — for the same reason. It just feels right. My spirit wants to experience the history and culture of Europe.

    I also want to see the whole world, so its not like its a problem to find a country to go to, lol. I have wanted to go Costa Rica for a long time, and I want to learn Spanish. But I never, ever thought of living in the dominican republic until I saw your pictures!!! Though I have a good friend doing missions work there and have thought of visiting.

    *woot* *woot* For the Thai food and Muay Thai. Thai is really easy to learn to speak, too! BTW, I have met Mormon missionaries in Thailand.

    • Rachel

      Very cool. We can’t wait for Thailand. My sister is actually there now, somewhere outside of Bangkok I think.

      The Dominican Republic was awesome!

  3. Lana

    Awesome! So you come from a traveling family?!! I live in the far north; Bangkok is too hot for me, but the beaches have the nice cool breeze.

  4. Roxanne

    Hi, I’m the sister traveler. Greg, Thailand’s creeping up the list. . . . hmmmmm wish you were coming to visit me this year. I wonder where we’ll meet up in the world?!


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