I’ve made it no secret on this site that I’m a big fan of travel planning (Shameless plug: I even offer a Travel Planning Service). For me, it’s one of my favorite parts of going on a trip.
Currently, I’m in the process of planning a 3-week trip to the Pacific Northwest that starts next week. While planning the trip, I started thinking about why I love travel planning. What is my favorite part of the planning experience?
As I’ve talked with other bloggers and friends who live or have traveled through the region, I’ve uncovered some great places to visit. I’ve also spent time looking at a variety of travel blogs, tourism sites for the destinations, and Wikitravel.
What makes me happiest about travel planning, though, is when I find a secret gem. There’s nothing more exciting than rolling up to a place that most locals don’t know about, has rarely been written about by other travel writers, and isn’t in any guidebook.
Of course, in this day and age, those sites are becoming less and less common, but it’s still fantastic when it happens.
So, what about you? What’s your favorite part of planning travel? Do you like thinking about your upcoming trip, getting a great deal on flights, finding a hidden gem, or something else entirely? Let me know in the comments section below.