There are many, many resources out in the world that will help in the planning of a trip.
Standards are usually considered to be physical travel books and guides, such as those from Lonely Planet, Fodor's, and Rick Steves, all of which have accompanying sites. There are also recommendation-based sites, such as TripAdvisor, and sites for off-the-beaten-path ideas, such as Atlas Obscura. There are also dozens and dozens of personal travel blogs on the internet, which are easily found by doing a Google search, if you are interested in a more personal touch in recommendations.
There are also resources that will go a step beyond recommendations; these will provide various amounts of help in the actual planning. These include Google's My Maps, the TripIt smartphone app, and the comprehensive Roadtrippers website and app. We've provided a brief introduction on how to use Roadtrippers's desktop trip planning tool below.
Leisure travel is a hard nut to crack when it comes to understanding how a visit to a place, even just for fun, can still impact that destination. Let's break it down to see what a traveler should be aware of when deciding how to explore a new destination.
There are ways to be an ethical tourist while still having a fun and relaxed vacation, even in places that are popular among travelers. Do research before traveling to your destination and check out these suggestions on ethical traveling from the Washington Post.