I'm pretty sure I got this trait from my Mom, who was always pouring over guide books and reading for ideas of where to go and what to do on our family vacations. For you young kids, this was the early 1980's until the mid 1990's. Library trips and 300 page guide books were the norm. Not 250 words on trip advisor or yelp.
With the amazing trips I've taken, and amazing places I've shown my friends and family have made me so glad she passed this down to me.
While pouring over my Harrison's maps with friends, I couldn't help but think back to those days as a kid when my Dad would call me over and show me a map of someplace I'd never dreamed of visiting (they always seemed to show up with a National Geographic too).
So, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who's helped, inspired, pushed and told me to shut up about my trip already. 4 weeks from today I fly to California.