I often recommend to readers on my family hotel guide to flip a coin when making travel decisions. Assuming you’ve already done some research and you’re deciding between two reasonable options there is good reason (and some evidence) to believe you’ll be happier having taken yourself out of the decision-making process.
In it’s simplest form, the coin-flip is used to decide between two different travel options. Should we spend 3 nights on Santorini or 4? Heads it’s 3. Tails it’s 4. Flip a coin and a decision is made. Don’t go back or reconsider.
• Quick. Easy.
• Stop thinking about decision, and do something more productive/enjoyable.
• Just as likely to produce a good outcome as 2 weeks of thought and worry.
• Fun, in its own way.
• Good story, if only to yourself. “I went to Bali and coin-flipped pretty much every major decision. It was great.”
• Increases randomness which likely will make your trip more adventurous (though this depends on how you setup your coin-flip options).
• Planning a trip is a good portion of the fun. Coin-flipping could reduce the time spent planning, and thus reduce the amount of fun. But, I doubt this is how it would work out. If you coin-flipped one or two pesky uncertainties it’s not going to take away from the bulk of your planning/dreaming/wishing time. And if you coin-flipped many or most travel decisions the reward in serendipity and adventure would counter the loss in the daydreaming/planning phase.
So, if you asked me: “Should I stay at Grace or Katikies?” – and I replied, “flip a coin!” and sent you this link, I’m not saying, what a dumb question, it doesn’t matter, it won’t make any difference. It will make a difference, just not in any way you can predict. Flip a coin, it’ll all work out.