One frequent question we get asked about our travels is how we decide on a destination. This question is one I am kind of embarrassed to answer, but decided to finally post about it on our blog. The evolution of one of our trips is going on right now, so I will share how it has been going thus far.
WD: Where should we plan to go this year?
WS: Wherever we plan, I want it to be in the United States. You always try to get overseas, and there are plenty of cool places in our backyard.
WD: Agreed. Maybe we could do a bunch of small trips this year.
Then……we watch the fireworks display in London for 2014 with some friends.
WD: Oh my gosh, that looks amazing!!! It would be so cool to see that someday!!
WD: I am going to check for hotels near Big Ben, just to see what is out there.
Then…..google helps me find a bunch of cool hotels near Big Ben. I check dates. I check flights. I inform WS of my research.
WS: It sounds fun in theory, but we have been to London a number of times. Isn’t there another place you want to go to?
WD: For New Year’s fireworks? Sydney?
WS: Too far. I like to be home on New Year’s to plan for the upcoming year.
WD: Okay. Maybe we could travel before New Year’s. Christmas?
WS: Flights will be more expensive then.
WD: We could go before Christmas? Maybe check out some European Christmas markets?
WS: I don’t know about that.
Then……google helps me find some lists of the best Christmas markets in Europe. But how can I see a few of them within a reasonable amount of time? London? No, we just discussed that. Paris? Munich? What about Brussels? We have never been there!
WD: How about Brussels?
WS: BRUSSELS? What??
Then…..I hit him where it counts. I bring up food and beer.
WD: Home of beer, chocolate, and waffles! What could be better?
Then……I provide all of my research. We can visit the Christmas markets in Bruges, Lille, and Ghent in less than an hour from Brussels. I can get a reasonable apartment on AirBnB for our home base. I can get us there between Thanksgiving and Christmas without traveling directly on holidays. Oh, and did I mention we could get to Amsterdam or Paris in two hours or less?
WS: I thought we were going local this year?
And that, my friends, is how a Wandering Why trip gets planned. Stay tuned, we could end up somewhere totally different. It is way too early to tell!