Sometimes this works out great.
Often, though, I end up spending a lovely time with friends and wishing I hadn't blown my travel budget on a location I really didn't care to see the first time.
I'm trying to get better about saying, "No, thanks," and being ok with the fact that I will probably be doing most of my travel alone, as a result.
But if you are interested in going to any of the places on my current list, let me know :)
Riad in Fez