it depends. i either pick a random location hoping to find something beautiful/interesting or i pick a place that i know is spectacular and then i look for the perfect frame.
i started google maps trips when i realized i can’t afford a real trip to Alaska. so if there is any place you want to “visit” just go to maps.google.com, set the map to the satellite mode, zoom in a little bit and drag the street view icon (it’s this yellow guy on the left) anywhere on the map where you like it.
not a lot. i’d love to travel more but it’s an expensive hobby. i am from poland