It’s time start making travel plans for the summer! I told you in a previous post that Daniel and I are probably going on a road trip in Europe this summer. We’re not completely sure yet, but at least it's our plan. If you’ve read my blog for a while you probably know that I’m a person who likes planning and organizing. I’m the kind of person who lives and breathes lists. So travel planning is a big part of the traveling experience for me. I don’t like planning every minute of my trips but I like to be prepared and know my destination. But most of all the planning makes me feel inspired and excited about my trip! I'm not an expert on the subject and it's not exactly rocket science but I thought I would share how I do my travel planning.
The first step for me is to get inspired! There's so many different ways to do this. One of the my favorite things to do is to browse through some travel guide books. You can check out my post about my favorite travel guide books over at Blogger's Bookshelf. Then of course I do one of the most obvious things, I use my dear friend Google. I can spend hours reading treads on different travel forums and reading travel related columns (the resources on the world wide web are endless!). One of my favorite travel columns is the The New York Times 36 Hours. I've also found Pinterest to be a great source for travel inspiration. I just search for pins about my destination and when I find a pin I like go to the source of the image to get more information. I wouldn't know about Triglav National Park in Slovenia if it wasn't for Pinterest (I'm probably going there this summer)!
When I have a pretty good idea of where I want to go and what I want to do I start to do more detailed research. This is when Google maps comes in handy! I like to browse the area I'm traveling to on Google maps and when I see something interesting (it could be a park, a beach, a shopping centre, a town or anything like that), I research it. In this stage I also use sites like Yelp so I can read other people's opinions about different sights and attractions. By this time I have a pretty good picture about the place I'm going to and what I want to do and see.
Do you have any recommendations of sites that you use for travel planning or inspiration? I would love to get good travel blog recommendations!