From that document, I then search all precise locations on googlemaps.
This usually can take quite a lot of time, especially here in Thailand, because the alphabet is different, and most of photographers don’t indicate the precise location where they took the pic. If you ask, some will tell you, but most of the time they won’t. So it needs a lot of search on google, travel blogs, tripadvisor etc… to find the exact name of the location (for example the name of the temple or the village), and then to find the exact location on googlemaps.
For example if I see a nice photo of a rice terrace in Chiang Mai, that would be very difficult to find the exact location, because Chiang Mai is a very big province, and there are many different places to see different rice terraces. But it’s not impossible ! So for this example, I’ll check google “most beautiful rice terraces in Chiang Mai”, I’ll check all travel blogs and collect again all images and locations. Once I find several pictures of the exact same place, I’ll check 2 things on googlemaps : satellite view and street view.
Satelitte view will show me if this is the right place, especially for drone views. And it will also show me the different places around where I could launch my drone safely. I usually search for empty space a bit away from the touristic place, so I do not bother anyone when taking off and landing.
Street view (if available) will show me if this is the exact place I’m looking for and it will give me details for other things : if the road is ok, if there are places to park, places to eat around, etc…
At the end, I put all these exact locations in googlemaps and it gives me an itinerary (using the direction button + add new stop). I’ll then change the order of the places to visit to shorten the most the itinerary. I cut then each itinerary into 6-9 stops, which is equivalent to 1 day. Normally not more than 200-300km per day or 4-5 hours of driving. That’s my limit. Here it’s up to everyone : some people will prefer to chill and relax and do just 2 or 3 stops in 1 day, some will do more. For me 6 to 8 stops in 1 day is my limit. And at the end of the itinerary, depending on where is my last stop, I’ll search for an hotel around there.
I also change the order of the stops depending on sunrise and sunset : if there are very beautiful places to visit, it’s usually best to shoot around the golden hour (1 hour after sunrise or 1 hour before sunset).
And some places require some exact hour to visit, for example a cave which have a beam of light only for 1 or 2 hours in the morning, then I’d have to arrange that as well.