See the World (or just read about it)
I recently traveled to Barcelona, Spain. I am lucky enough to have a brother who lives there and also runs a study abroad organization, so he is well-versed in all things touristy. He is a terrific travel guide, so I did not need to do much research before I left. Being a librarian, however, I did sneak a peek at some travel guides.
Even if you do not have a built-in travel guide, there are plenty of sources of information readily available!
The Watertown Free Public Library has a great collection of travel guides in print, from publishers like Fodor’s, Frommer’s and Lonely Planet. You can find these in the non-fiction section starting at about 910 for the whole world, then from 914-919 for specific locations.
WFPL carries several print journals, such as: Cruise Travel Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Travel Girl, and Travel Smart.
And our digital magazine service, Zinio, provides access to National Geographic Traveler.
The Minuteman Library Network provides many always-available e-book travel guides through the Overdrive Digital Media Catalog.
There are also many websites that can be helpful:
I have not used this one, but it looks interesting; if you plug in your destination, length of stay and some other details, it will help you create an itinerary of places to see, stay and eat.
Travel book publishers’ sites:
Enjoy your trip! And here are a couple of pictures from mine: