We have many friends who plan their trips on the fly. They book their first night’s accommodation and then get the advice of locals on the best side trips and places to stay and eat. They return with stories of many pleasant surprises from their random walk.
Spice tends to be a bit more (okay, a lot more!) structured in her planning. I follow her lead and as Magellan, try to plot the possibilities. On her bucket list was hiking in the Picos de Europa in northwestern Spain, an area I’d never heard of. Let me share our process in how we started with that kernel and built a road map for our trip to Portugal and Spain last fall.