Facebook pages I follow and magazines I buy that are to blame for many of our trip inspirations and the reason we’ll be broke before we’re 40: Conde Nast Traveller, Travel + Leisure, Travel Channel, National Geographic Travel, The World Travel Magazine, 1,000 Places to See Before you Die, Bon Appétit Magazine, Getaway (for African adventures), Wanderlust, Afar, TimeOut, Outside, as well as other small independent publications.
And, lastly, there’s the social aspect of travel planning that involves scouring our group of awesome friends, family, and colleagues for travel advice, which is a method that’s hard to beat.
It’s important to note that while I use all these travel sites as inspiration, I’ll only book directly with the airline or hotel when it comes to game time. Call me old fashioned, but I believe in the direct and loving union between a traveler and their hotel/airline, not those swinger 3rd party agencies the kids are into these days. I have been burned way too many times by the hot potato blame game of booking sites when things go awry.
As I prefaced, the travel planning hobby has become a slight obsession, but a slightly less fattening one than my numero uno hobby of eating (…unless you count the chocolate I eat while planning. I read on the internet that reading and thinking burns calories, so it must be true!).