I believe the most important parts of trip planning after a place to stay would be dinner plans once you're there, and good reading material and a custom playlist for the trains, planes and automobiles "getting there" bit. When deciding on a vacation destination I have a hard time choosing between old favorites and the most exotic locale I can think of, but I usually end up picking the new adventure. My most recent trip was to Cape Town, South Africa. Favorite places that I've visited are Kyoto and Istanbul, both totally different and totally amazing. Next on my travel wish list are Vietnam and Bhutan.