In the old days when I’d prepare for a trip, I’d read everything I could get my hands on about the weather, the attractions, accommodations, dining and even which restaurants had waiters with the sexiest accents. Thorough? Yes. Exhausting? You betcha.
I also learned that while guidebooks can be quite valuable in helping you find the best soup in Florence, they can also sometimes lead you astray. Once we rode our bikes all over the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco looking for the reported “roaming herds of buffalo.” After many miles, we finally came upon one tired-looking old guy who showed little enthusiasm for our efforts and whose roaming days seemed decades behind him.
So I’ve now settled into a compromise position of learning just the minimum. The rest I can choose to research or just wing it. Here are the five things you need to know before you go. Read the full post »