Lonely Planet Research

So, it’s just 3 sleeps till we are leaving on a jet plane for Ireland.  I shared how we are so blessed to be going to Ireland for Spring Break.  Now I’m down to the crunch and have so many things on my to do list.  Slowly but surely I’m checking them off.

One thing that we really like to do before we visit a new country, is do a little research.  We think the best way to do that is with a guide book.  Lonely Planet guide books are our favorite.  They seem to be the easiest to read and follow and have a lot of great maps.  There are of course other great ones out there, this is just our personal preference.  But definitely check the publication date on any guide book you purchase.  You don’t want one that is so old that certain restaurants and hotels no longer exist.  That won’t be any help to you at all.

If you are the kind of traveller that likes your vacations to be about relaxing by the pool and having time to read a good novel, then you shouldn’t travel with us.  We are the kind of travellers that like to pack in as much of the culture, sights, and food as possible.  We believe you can rest on the flight or when you get home.  In order to get the most out of a country, you need to plan ahead and do research.  We like to read through most of the guide book about the spots we are visiting and take a highlighter and mark up things that seem interesting or need farther research.  I’ve been doing this in the evenings and eating Hershey Creme de Menthe Kisses.  They are so yummy.  And luckily they are a seasonal treat for St. Patrick’s Day (the green wrapper), because I could get addicted to these pretty fast.

We have a pretty good selection of Lonely Planets on our book shelf.  And they are fun to look through even after your trip and remember some of the sights you saw.

How do you prepare for a trip?  Do you research where you are going long before the trip?  Are you a “see everything” traveller or are you a “relax as much as possible” traveller?

4 thoughts on “Lonely Planet Research

  1. Anonymous

    I am the same way. Once I know where we are going I love to research. (Mark calls it obsessing, I call it being prepared!) Who wants to pay all that money to get there then waste your time wondering what to do? I love checking off things/locations in my book, "1000 places to visit before you die" book! Julia

  2. Kristina Gulino

    I've honestly never really traveled. Most of my trips to Mexico or Africa were church planned, so everything was group based and pre-organized. But my husband and are hoping we can squeeze in some alone time before kids pop up somewhere in there!

    Nook & Sea

  3. Amy_Hab

    The Lonely Planet guides are the best! It's like my bible here in Australia!
    Hope you enjoy your trip to Ireland! It is a beautiful country and according to my family at home getting great weather at the moment! Now that is lucky!!!

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