What to Do Next?

If you don't know what to do next, travel can be difficult. I can help. In fact the whole world can help with tons and tons of information on how to travel the world and have a great time.

Use a guidebook when you don't know what to do next.



The first source
you should look at on "What to do next?" is, of course, the Internet.

  • Simply get on and start Googling everything you can think about. Google the name of the country, city or region you wish to travel to.

  • Add any activity you wished to do in that country to the Google search, such as bicycling, hiking, sightseeing, and pub crawling.

  • Google the name of the museum, sporting event, theater play, shopping district, palace, or whatever comes to mind.

  • Within minutes you can have many options on the things you can do while you're traveling.

  • The limit is only your imagination and stamina at the keyboard.

  • The Internet also provides access to travel industry sites that provide airline tickets, car rentals, tour packages, hotel rooms, restaurant tips, public transportation, and the like. Click on any of these links to get to my web pages for further details.

  • Amazon.com can be a great source of inexpensive travel book and DVDs.

  • If you have medical problems on the road, the internet can be a welcome source of information on diarrhea, motion sickness, and other medical problems related to travel health.


The next source
of information available is the mighty guidebook. Its main purpose is to get you started, when you don't know what to do next.

  • If you don't know where to stay for the night, look around, and ask around. If you can't find a place, then check the guide.

  • If you want to reserve a hotel in the next city, and you can't get a recommendation from the place you're staying today, check the guide.

  • If you don't know what restaurant to eat at and can't get a recommendation from a local, check the guide.

  • If you don't know which museums or tourist sites to go to, check the guide. Be sure to rent an Audio Tour if they have one at the museum. Their great!

  • If you don't want to miss any of the places you wanted to visit, check your notes and your guidebook.

  • Need medical attention, access to the internet, the train station location, to get the bus/subway number to the airport or a map to the city - check your guide book. That's what a guidebook is for, to get you started when you don't know what to do next.

  • You get the idea...


A third source of information is the travel sections of the local library, bookstores and Tourist Information Booths while on the road.

  • Use the Library Travel Section to do your basic research on traveling.

    Most libraries have plenty of travel books and DVDs.

  • Libraries contain items from all the major travel magazines, guidebook publishers and many other travel books.

  • Everything in the library is free for the price of a library card.

  • Barnes & Noble have a fantastic travel section.


Finally,
a great source of travel information is the Travel Shows on TV or DVD.

  • I regularly record many shows off the Travel Channel, PBS, and cable/satellite networks.

  • I never purchase any TV shows or DVDs, I prefer to go the library and check them out for free.

  • Many libraries have large collections of old and new programs.

  • Travel information doesn't change much over the years. Almost all the information on the older DVDs is still valid.

  • Things that do change are mainly prices and addresses. You need to validate these anyway before you start your trip. The Internet is a good place to do this.



So if you're wondering what to do next, the Internet, travel guidebooks and DVDs as well the travel sections in bookstores and libraries are there to help you.


Remember to tap into friends and relatives who travel. They're a great source of stories and information.

Learn to ask the Open Question on What to Do Next.

As Uncle Dan, I get loads of travel questions all the time.


Seek and ye shall find...



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