CIA of USA publishes a WORLD Fact book that contains information of all the countries in the world. It is updated frequently and is good source of information for preparing a travel
Since we retired, we had ample time to plan, execute and enjoy travel. Most of those trips has been selected for warm weather, sports (golf) and as a culture experiance. Half of the enjoyment of the travel is the planning of a trip. The second enjoyment is the execution and the third is to relive with pictures and memories. The Photo Album Section will give you examples of the later.
Planning tools are for your use in case you want to start planning.