1. Books still rock! My favorite publishers are Rick Steves, Fodors, Frommers, Moon and Lonely Planet. They write in a clear, honest and common sense style. I carry one travel sized version and buy the others electronically. They're excellent for doing your research and planning your trip. 2. Pamphlets. Once you get where you're going, grab a couple of pamphlets and brochures at the hotel or airport. Keep your options open so that you can be spontaneous.
3. Maps. Street by street maps are invaluable. They can be bought in bookstores or ordered online. Get print maps because some online maps require the internet (although there are off-line versions). Study it before you walk around foreign countries, it's safer. In fact, you might want to map out directions in the note feature of your phone. My favorites: Borsch, Rick Steves, Streetwise, StreetSmart , the VanDam Pop Ups, MapEasy's Guidemaps, and Insight. When I arrive, I pick up a public transit map. Many maps also have many sightseeing tips, which take the place of carrying travel books.
4. Friends and Family. People who live or who have traveled to a destination are excellent resources. Locals often know off the beaten path. Also, talk to the concierges and hotel reps. Of course, they will promote certain businesses, but they have good ideas.
5. TV Shows. Travel shows, food shows, those "Top 10..." shows, such as the 10 best roller coasters, best beaches, etc. They give you ideas of places to go or what to do when you get to your destination. Even real estate shows: buying a beach house, etc.
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