My parents raised me up in 5 countries and 3 continents before the age of 10 so I have inherited a bit of experience with traveling. They traveled to see the world but as a kid my favorite part of traveling was to see family and friends. When I became an adult I always made vacation plans to spend time with my mother, my aunt and cousins and all my friends growing up. I continue to do the same thing even with our nomadic life to include all the same people plus now my kids, grandkids, siblings and our 100 nieces and nephews in our family.
Most people plan a destination they want to explore and we do that as well but it is the secondary goal of our travels. I wanted to visit Niagra Falls so my niece and nephew planned it all and took us. Perfect! My youngest daughter wanted to join us in Europe so we visited our usual places in Portugal and Spain but also visited Paris for her birthday. Most of the beautiful places we venture out to see are because we plan with family and friends who join us or because someone we are visiting wants to show us something spectacular in their area. It's better than getting a tour guide!
That is how we discovered Letchworth State Park in Upstate New York! I planned a trip to visit one of my dearest friends since I was 21 years old. She and her husband live in a small town outside of Rochester and they took us to this beautiful place for a day outing. We fell in love with the area and made that one of our stops to camp each time we are in the area. The places that we have enjoyed the most since we have been traveling has happened just like that - the locals definitely know all the BEST places to see!