I'm not a reluctant traveller far from it, I thrive on the planning , the anticipation and arrival of the event , where as Mr T is happier when he's just got there . I think the planning of a holiday adds to the ambiance and overall happiness of a holiday ,planning a holiday really doesn't have to be a stressful affair. If you take simple practical steps then in no time you can be having your own adventures of a life time , now I think I've been to far flung places but when I look at friends and families lectures there are adventures yet to be taken and tales yet to told.
Perhaps I saw one to many adventure films as a child , my adventuring as a child was limited to Europe and anyone going to the U S A back in the 80s at my school was basically a travelling god , think the brat pack 'Breakfast club' and you've got it.
I hasten to add my adventuring I suppose started as a baby flying backwards and forwards to the Outer Hebrides where I'm from ( I'm Scottish with no accent and I don't even have my own tartan)
The trick is to figure out where you want to go first say New York perhaps ?
2. The next question being is how far do you want to travel is long haul for you ? or do you want to start off with short haul and built up ? etc.
3. Don't just rely on a holiday brochure to describe or think about your destination - As such descriptions can short on detail? Research the country before you book! ask friends and family, research , research !
4. Does your chosen country suffer with weather that is extreme , such as hurricanes? Do not rely on the brochure; check out their weather information sites before you book your holiday - will the weather problems exist around the time you want to travel? ( this can be a given in Florida at times but don't let that stop you going )
5.. Check out if the country has political problems ? We have been to Egypt before the troubles erupted again and whilst Mr T was nervous it was an experience I am glad that we took when else am I going to see the pyramids again !? Also does the country have a poor record on human rights how do they treat their citizens that live and work in tourist areas . Check out information sites and local newspapers online! Also is there any festivals etc on , perhaps there is a religious occasion I know that when we went to Dubai it was Ramadan so eating and drinking out in public is frowned upon .
7. Is the hotel what you really want? - check out reviews from other holidaymakers - is there a constant pattern of problems at a hotel or resort? I have down this with every hotel I have ever gone to , so I know what to expect when we get there, I even do this with UK accommodation . The last time we went on holiday and it wasn't me that booked it , I knew that even though the holiday cottage was beautiful , it only had one shower for 4 adults and 3 children. it did however have 3 toilets and a bath so I need that we would have to have the sofa on a rota or escape to the bath and hide from the children !