So many sights, so little time

Overwhelmed by all the information out there?  How do you research in an efficient manner?

Here are a few steps that you can take to start your travel research.

1.  How much time do you have to travel?  This will dictate how far you can go.

Length of travel:  If you have less than 5 days, try for areas with travel time of less than 6 hours. If you have between 5-14 days, locations with travel time less than 16 hours is doable. If you have more than 14 days, travel times greater than 20 hours is feasible. Travel time and change of time zones could take away much needed days of relaxation.

2.  Pull out a world map and pick your location. 

3.  Go to a bookstore/library and visit the travel section.  Look at the pictures and see what sites/restaurants/hotels are recommended.  Sometimes travel guides provide sample itineraries.  In addition, you can check on-line travel forums for recommendations. See what you like and jot them down.

4.  For each city/town you visit, you should pick 2-3 sites/experiences.  Leave extra time to relax and explore the city/town without an agenda.

5.  When you arrive to the destination, visit the tourist office at the airport or in the city center.  Often times tourist offices will provide free maps and give you advice on various topics.

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About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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3 Responses to So many sights, so little time

  1. Shu says:

    Hi Jan,
    I think your site is wonderful! The pictures are awesome. My next job will be to film you around the world on your travels=)

  2. Benita says:

    Again – very useful info, thoroughly written. Do you have recommendations on travel guides to use? In the past, I’ve used Lonely Planet and Frommer’s – do you have additional suggestions?

    • Jan says:

      I use Lonely Planet and Frommer’s a lot. I also use Tripadvisor and the Lonely Planet online forum. In addition, if I am going to a specific city, I use Timeout City guides.

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