We think about the tours we want to take and research on the different tours offered, their costs and most importantly, the reviews from past travellers. The hotel must be economical but nice and safety is a must. We look for free internet and warm swimming pools with saunas and steam rooms. A view from the room is a plus but the bed and the bedding must be just right (for me anyway). The vicinity of the hotel should be close to where we want to "hang" out and shop, tour and take pictures. Another important item is what we want to see, why are we there? If it is to laze around and swim, take in the sun and drink wine, it's not such an issue, but it if is a world tour or a special country, we need to know as much in advance as we can on what we want to see. Then comes the camera, boy, I spent more money on batteries than I did the camera so it might be a good idea to upgrade your camera. Don't forget to get enough videa/camera cards for your pictures. Nothing worse than trying to take pictures and it says "memory card full".
Research your tour guides. Have a list of what YOU want to do, not where they want to take you. If you want to stop and shop, then do it, otherwise, you'll be like me and be pulled away and when you get home, you'll realize you didn't shop at all and you didn't buy the things you were looking forward to, like what happened to me in Egypt and some in Izmir Turkey. Take heed, it's your trip, make it happen for you. I missed so many things so if I want to see the rest, I have to make another expensive trip back to the many places.
Enjoy your vacations, they take you to another world, completely! Vacations are what dreams are all about. These pics were taken on our way to Egypt from our balcony on the ship.
Take care folks!