Travel, I confess, it’s become an obsession. As soon as I return from one trip, I’m already planning the next. I don’t know why it took so long for the light bulb to go on, but I decided to start a travel blog. It will get me through the months between trips and I can share the things I’ve discovered, learned and love about the places I’ve visited.
Before I go anywhere, I buy a travel book and check out websites for my destination. Choose the most current travel book with pull-out maps (invaluable). Thank your friend for the loan of her book from 5 years ago, but pass. You want the most up-to-date info. I bring the book with me, but, leave it in the hotel room (I’m not lugging a 2 pound book around!). But I do make notes in notebook that I carry in my handbag. I don’t want to forget a restaurant or shop.
Websites have up-to-the-minute details on times, entry costs and how to get there. They always paint a positive and pretty picture of the location, but also provides details on what’s happening during the week you’re visiting.
I always talk to friends who’ve been there. I especially want restaurant recommendations and hear about those secret, off-the-beaten track places to visit. Be sure to ask everyone you know if they have a friend or relative who live the city or country. Making a connection with a local is my ultimate travel goal.
I plan to share the highlights and low-lights from my travels. My favorites places, those I would skip and yummy food we’ve sampled. Now that I’m becoming a foodie, never again will I settle for the tourist restaurant next door to the hotel! If you don’t enjoy the regional food, you’re missing a big part of your travel experience.
I can’t wait to get started! Bon voyage!