As I get more seasoned with travel I am finding that I get random PM’s from people that I didn’t even know were paying attention to my Facebook. I get asked random questions like “How do you plan a trip to a country across the world?” or “How much underwear did you take to China?” or “Where are you going next?”…
I only have one trip planned this year and it is taking me all over the Caribbean but as I start preparation for next year I realized that I do in fact have a bit of a process when I start planning my trips.
Typically my trip inspiration will start with a book, movie or TV show. (Anthony Bordain is 100% responsible for my trip to Chengdu. ) I am pretty sure I am 100% going to St. John Newfoundland next year and it is 100% because of Republic of Doyle on Netflix.
Side note- As far the other places next year? I am still working on those plans. Now that I have a remote job, I really don’t have to stay in one place for long anymore and I plan on taking advantage.
Then will come my skyscanner search for flights so I get an idea when I can go… or if the flights are crazy expensive how long will it take me to get there…
Currently I can go to Germany for $383.00!!!!!!! Skyscanner is a great place to check out cheap flights. I always use them for an idea of cheap places to go 🙂 just choose everywhere as your destination… make your time flexible and choose cheapest month. YOU might be shocked at how cheap some places are 🙂
Then comes the quite shameful stalking of my three favorite bloggers and sometimes other bloggers if I know they have been somewhere.
Seriously almost a stalker… but bloggers are fantastic resource.
Then I check out travel guides at the library to get a more detailed idea of budget, where to stay and a basic history.
I don’t buy travel guides, I buy plane tickets. I use the library, you should too!
Then comes many hours of internet searches… and shamelessly watching YouTube videos.
I just search my country of choice and get to watching. OMG YouTube is a new obsession.
I also google books set in (insert country or place here) and check out and read as many books as I can during this entire process.
I have been reviewing books set in certain places for years so this is more than just a random hobby 🙂