how to plan a trip

Trying to pick what destination to visit next is challenging to say the least. It’s challenging if you’re an avid traveler because you want to go everywhere, and it’s challenging if you’re a once-every-five-years traveler because you need to make it count. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, you’ll want to do your research carefully. With that said, here’s how we evaluate destinations and try to get the lay of the land before we book a ticket.

View tours around the world on Maupintour for inspiration

Read Travel Magazine

travel magazine

Okay, obviously we had to slip this in. Our team of travel experts have been all over the world, we know a thing or two, and we’ve written about it. We follow the late poet Mary Oliver’s advice here at Travel Magazine:

Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”

Watch Some Videos on YouTube

youtube videos for travel

There are different channels to checkout depending on where you want to go, but you can’t go wrong with the following:

Rick Steeve’s channel for traveling Europe.

Africa Travel Channel for traveling Africa.

High On Life for extreme wanderlust.

Lost LeBlanc for traveling Asia.

Vaga Brothers for going pretty much anywhere else.

All of these channels are great resources and can show you what to expect, where to stay, and how to get there. We’d highly recommend browsing them all for inspiration.

Search for the New York Times 36 Hours Guides

new york times travel 36 hours

These are some of the best travel guides in the world, in particular if you’re looking for great places to eat. The New York Times has made 36 hour guides on most major cities in the world, and they give you a great rundown of what to see, eat, drink and do if you’re in a city for 36 hours. We’ve used their guides in a multitude of cities and have never been disappointed.

Whenever you’re planning a trip or thinking of going somewhere new, do a quick “36 hours in [insert city]” search on Google and give the article a read through.

Use Reddit as a resource

travel subreddit

The r/travel subreddit is a fantastic place to learn about potential destinations. They feature a new destination every week at the top of the subreddit, and the community can answer any specific questions you may have. There’s also plenty of photos and travel stories to wet your beak. Join the community and participate in conversations.

Listen to Podcasts

travel podcasts

We love the Zero to Travel podcast, hosted by Jason Moore. Here’s a quick description of the show:

“Listen to conversations with adventurous people living life on the road so you can discover new ways to travel endlessly. Jason and his guests share insanely actionable advice and key resources, getting down and dirty on topics like; starting and running an online business from anywhere, travel and work opportunities, gutsy budget travel strategies, surprising ways to earn free travel, the digital nomad life, unconventional travel based lifestyles, fun travel jobs, how to plan epic adventures, backpacking, 4 hour work week inspired topics, and everything in between.