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Do You Buy Travel Books Before Taking Big Trips?

Spontaneity is something to cherish on vacations. Without adhering to a schedule, the days are yours to do whatever you want. Travel books are an additional expense that some travelers feel cramps their carefree style, while others rely on them for reviews and directions to places it would be a shame to miss. Do you tend to hit the bookstore before the day of your departure?

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kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
I definitely do. My trips are usually on the shorter side and I loathe the feeling of wasting time trying to decide what to do or where to go. I like to have a game plan going in and then I try to remain flexible if something comes up that seems interesting.
mek123 mek123 7 years
If I'm going to a new country, I'll buy a book in addition to online research.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
if i'm going to a place that i've never been before then yes. i'll also do a lot of research online too to make sure that i have a plan of attack when i get somewhere.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
Yes I do, usually a Lonely Planet - I also work for two of LP's rival travel guide publishers, so I get those free from work. Very helpful! I find the maps useful for city breaks and some of the restaurant suggestions helpful as well.
syako syako 7 years
I checked out a few from our library before our UK trip. I was amazed at how helpful and interesting they were (Rick Steves!). I loved reading about the history, finding neat off-the-beaten-path places, and just getting an overview of what to expect. I think for our future foreign travels I will definitely at least borrow travel books from the library, or maybe buy them.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 7 years
I buy maps and sometimes small, practical books. For the bigger books, I borrow them from the library ahead of time and take notes or make photocopies. I also do a lot of research online.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I do! I especially love the Eyewitness Travel books. They make you want to see everything! hehe
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
I got London for dummies and it came with little post-it flags and it helped me with my trip :)
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
I love buying travel books! I think they're great for practical, useful info, like how to use public transit to get from the airport to the city center. They aren't the best for recommending food or nightlife, but for major attraction, the info comes in handy.
pearsbeary pearsbeary 7 years
i usually do my research online for events and things to see...
Lavinie Lavinie 7 years
in june I went to cusco, peru - and i had all intentions of buying a book to help explore the city.. but it didn't happen. and i'm so glad i didn't. i had a great time wandering through the streets finding things on my own and trying restaurants on my own... so much fun..
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Oops, I didn't finish that thought. For shorter trips, especially weekend getaways, I generally just try to get an outline of the trip online and then figure more out when I get there. Even on longer trips, though, I'm not a big planner. (Sadly, on most of my trips, long and short, a lot of what I do is centered around eating!)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
For long trips, yes. With foreign travel, they're really helpful as far as customs, etiquette, etc. goes.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Before I went to Central America, I got a couple of books about some national landmarks and info about the local wildlife. They were kind of neat, but I ended up finding a lot more fun things to do that weren't in the books when I got down there.
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