Well, I’ve just made a reservation for a trip to Italy this spring. Now that the excitement of knowing that I’m going there has settled, it’s time to start the planning process. This will involve some research so I can get the information I need before I start the trip.
The first place I go to do research is the public library. I always find lots of books about travel, including travel guides (for Italy, in this case). These books provide information such as the best times to travel, how much things cost, and public transportation in major cities. I can also browse through atlases and other specialized books about cities and countries.
In addition, the library has foreign language learning resources to check out so I can learn words and phrases that will be useful when visiting Italy. It really helps to be able to communicate in another language, and practicing aloud helps. I’m also going to look for conversational Italian classes being offered at the local community college.
Another good resource for travel information is a local book store. There are so many comfortable places to sit with my stack of books that hours go by before I know it! Sometimes I feel like I’ve already been to a place when I take the opportunity to sit and read about it. At the same time I get information about other places I’d like to go in the future.
I also check online resources for travel information. In fact, I like reading travel blogs to find out what other people did while they were traveling. I really enjoy the commentaries and observations bloggers record about their trips.
So now I’m ready to start planning. This is how I know that I’ll be prepared when the big day comes and I leave for Italy!