2020 has really been a blessing in disguise when it comes to travel. I've gone from thinking like a tourist in Asia to thinking like a resident in Asia. Luckily there are many residents across Asia who are willing to share their opinions about their countries, neighborhoods, etc. It really helps if you are planning future trips that last 2 weeks or more.
Here are a few things that I've come to search for in travel forums and google maps...
* Best Cities for Living - Every resident in a country has their favorite cities. This question saves you a lot of time. A resident's favorite city will often have everything that a tourist will like. It's great when a resident gives you their Top 3 Best Cities though. This allows you to choose based on your personal interests.
* Best Grocery Stores - Everyone has their favorite grocery store. I personally would recommend Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Costco for those visiting and living in the U.S. Luckily all three deliver as well.
Google maps is handy if you want to check out photos of the grocery store's interior. This helps you to see what foods are offered in each location. Knowing the layout can save you time if you're a list maker. I love searching for gourmet grocery stores on google maps though. Nothing cures boredom more than trying some "fancy" new foods each week. :) Health food stores are also good for both food and supplements.
* Restaurants that Deliver - Some foodies will eat just about anything. I'm a little more picky. Discovering what's available before settling in really helps if you need a healthy variety.
* Feng Shui Compass Directions - You don't have to know much about Feng Shui design to "feel" places out. You can simply get on Google Maps and look at the landscape.
I've found that North (Career Sector) and the NW (Helpful People and Travel) locations to fit me best. The North is associated with water energy as well. Having a lake, river, ocean, etc to the North of a Northern area is ideal if you enjoy more yin energies as you work. This can apply to the North side of accommodations as well.
Islands create their own "North" in the sense that they are not linked to mainlands. Hanging out in the Northern parts of an Island may be ideal for some.
The West (Children & Creativity) is great to visit for creative stimulation. I wouldn't want to live in this compass direction though. I'm just speaking from my own personal travel experiences with kids, teens, and hurricanes aka loud things. lol The random stray animals and quirky architectures in such areas can be stimulating though! :)
* Coworking Spaces - Speaking of the North, Coworker.com has great spaces in many good locations. If you're still adding to your list of requirements, it's something to check out as well. You never know who you'll meet along your travels. Teaming up for a project and/or or having an alternative meeting spot is handy!
Sagittarius Rooster with Over 20 Years Expertise in Metaphysics.