I love to plan trips. The anticipation gets the vacation started for me months before the actual departure date.
I have my go-to sources to check out a new city ahead of time.
Friends often ask me for ideas on destinations they’re headed to. Even if it’s a place I’ve never been to, I have a two-minute travel planning process to get the ball rolling. Just the other day my colleague asked me for recommendations for Stockholm. I have never been but in two minutes, I had three links to share with her.
Start with the NY Times feature, 36 Hours in….I inserted Stockholm. It is a great place to start.
Then I head to Travel & Leisure or Conde Nast and type in the city. In this case, I found an article on new bakeries in Stockholm which totally appealed to my colleague!
Most cities have a walking tour so I find a few online and read the reviews to see if it sounds worth it. I have done tours in Oxford, Washington DC, Portland OR & Chicago and really enjoyed the perspective. Another option is to download a podcast for a self-guided tour.
And all that takes me about two minutes and gives me a great place to start, plenty to read, and lots to anticipate!