Okay, here it is! The Obsessive Compulsive Extreme Road Trip Planning Method!
First thing to do: Figure out where you want to go.
Sometimes, I’ve heard about something that sounds really interesting. Sometimes it’s just a name. Somewhere I had heard the name, the Outer Banks. I thought “the Outer Banks” sounded like a really cool place. I had no idea where it was or what it was or why it was called that, but I wanted to know. I wanted to see these Outer Banks. So I researched it and became even more intrigued. We visited the Outer Banks in 2006, and that place was just as cool as I had thought it would be. Wild horses, pirates, lighthouses, and more!
One day I was looking in to Venus flytraps and was stunned to find that they are only endemic to a tiny area around Wilmington, North Carolina (yeah, North Carolina has a lot of neat stuff). So we went in search of them, a journey that took us into the wilds of North Carolina.
Sometimes the place is more obvious, like when I decided I wanted to see New York City or the Hollywood sign or the Smithsonian or the St. Louis Arch or the Alamo or the Space Needle.
Once you know where you want to go, you can figure out what you can see (and do) on the way. This initial destination will no longer be the actual trip destination. It’s really just to set a distance.
Step two gets really fun!