I get asked a lot how Nick and I choose the destinations we travel to. With a never ending list of possibilities around the world and even in our own home country of the US, let me tell you, it’s often a daunting task. We each have so many places on our “lists” that we want to see and experience and sometimes they line up and sometimes they don’t. We spend quite a bit of time, over a span of a few months brainstorming where we should head next and the process really does entail a lot of research and gathering information. So today, here is the process we go through of choosing a destination and all that it entails.
We start brainstorming for trips about a year in advance. For example, right now we’re in the process of discussing options for our Spring trip for next year (2015) and while that may seem like a long time in advance, that’s one reason we can travel so much because we plan ahead and can work it into our schedules. We won’t book anything for a while, but it’s important to give yourselves a few months of brainstorming ideas for locations. For us, we talk and see where the other person would like to go and try to meet in the middle or match up locations that might be close to each other.
Often times we start off with totally different locations than we end up going with too, so keep your options open.