What are your travel dreaming tools of choice are…. Tell us about your favorite travel inspiration tools, both places where you find inspiration to travel and places where you can store those travel dreams for when you’re actually planning a trip, and whether those tools have changed the way you travel.
Honestly, I don’t really use travel tools.
I ‘d love to say that I pull that, that, and that article, take notes while watching Bourdain, and create hi-def graphs and spreadsheets…but I don’t. I have a life. I just have images in my head that I want to visit. Its photographs that make me want to visit somewhere; and when I see a photo of somewhere I want to go, I usually just try to remember about it until I have the chance to visit there.
When I’m getting ready to go travel, I read a crazy amount about the area, looking for cool things I want to do. And looking up festivals and rock shows. Then I usually end up throwing all my plans out the window to go to another city, country, continent..
If I actually make it to where I planned to go, most of my ‘plans’ will get tossed aside – instead to follow the local’s recommendation or invitations to things. Or go to a rock concert.
Because as you all know,
I love me some metal and rock music.
I think its good to know some about a place, but I think its even better to just go with the flow and see what happens. That is also probably why I don’t super plan stuff too.
Hell…my last trip, I did 5 1/2 months of research on SE Asia and Indonesia to buy a one way ticket to South America 3 weeks before I left. I’m great at planning. I’m also great at ignoring those plans for potential awesomeness!’
This is part of the Boots’n’All 2012 Indie Travel Challenge. I’m doing this to help make me a more consistent and better writer.
Yea, so how’s this consistency thing working out these last couple weeks. Sorry. It will get better as I get settled back into Vegas.
About Dani Blanchette
I am a freelance travel and music photographer and creator of GoingNomadic.com.
I love music, food, and exploring cities without guidebooks. I’ve flown a helicopter, hitchhiked down the east coast USA, and once snuck into the back of a zoo (in Serbia) and pet a lion.
I am always up for an adventure, and sometimes I videotape them.