My wife and I want to tour some of the Grecian Islands, but I don't even know where to begin with this. My current plan is just to check with one of the major web travel providers (Travelocity, Orbitz, etc) and see which islands in Greece have higher reviews from the people that stayed there, but that will only tell me which places were popular with tourists. I could look up events and festivals and try to hit those, but then I'll only go to places that have popular festivals. I don't just want to say:
I have this much money, what can I get for it?
I want to go the other direction with the perspective of:
Where do I want to be and how can I make that happen?
I want to plan a really great trip full of places that I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on in this life. How do the travelers here go about finding those places? What are some unique ways to find destinations, once you've settled in on a locale?