Yes, it's normal to research your destination and come up with some great things to do.
But one of my favorite planning techniques is to ignore the research and just ask.
On my first evening in New Brunswick I was having dinner at the bar of the Pump House Brewery in Moncton. Eating at the bar makes it easier to speak with locals and the bartender as well. My server was Ron and I asked him:
“Say you had a full, free day with no responsibilities and you're not tired from work, what would you do?”
From his words came my plan. I pulled out a map and started charting my route as I ate my dinner.
“Oh no, he said, go this way. You'll pass waterfalls and a fresh water lake and the town of Alma, stop there. And when you go to the Hopewell Rocks ask for Paul Gaudet. He's a friend of mine and will take good care of you.”
He basically planned my itinerary and I did it all with the exception of going to Hopewell Rocks as I had a reservation to go kayaking there later.
So off I went the on day one of my road trip to live a favorite day of a local.
This week-long road trip was supported by Tourism New Brunswick. It was fantastic I have so much to tell you. As always the opinions and experiences are my own.